Hello, My name is Sammy Jacobsen, and currently, I am reading Mindhunter by John Douglas and Mike Olshaker. This book takes readers inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, and describes, sometimes in gristly details, the motive, and murders of some of America’s most vicious serial killers. I chose this book because criminology is one of my passions, and I find it interesting how the psychology of these people works.
This book, while not for the faint of heart, is a chilling read that keeps readers on their toes, and has now become one of my personal favorites. The book begins with a good retelling of Douglas’ life, leading up to his participation in the SCI. It delves into how he initially was in the Army, and eventually found his passion for criminology and psychology. Later in the novel, we delve into some of his cases, and he explains the inner workings of how the killers’ brains operate.
Mindhunter is very biographical in nature, reflecting on his life and past struggles. It is in first person, really putting us in Douglas’ shoes, and showing us how he went from growing up in Brooklyn to becoming one of the most prolific agents in the SCI. An excerpt from the book: “Put yourself in the position of a hunter. That’s what I have to do. Think of one of those nature films: a lion on the Serengeti plain in Africa… He’s trained himself to sense weakness, vulnerability, something different in one antelope out of the herd that makes it the most likely victim. It’s the same with certain people.”
The quote shows how suspenseful this book was, overall. Grappling with the knowledge that this is in the red world is tough, but learning about the minds of the killers makes it a little more bearable.