- Meeting and discussion: 'Mindhunter' and 'Whoever Fights Monsters'
Let's meet to discuss two books by FBI profilers John Douglas and Robert Ressler! This is a two-fer as these books, which cover roughly the same subject, are interesting to compare and contrast. Both books are well-written and are a very easy read, so please don't be discouraged by the double reading assignment :) First one is Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit (Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Mindhunter-Inside-Elite-Serial-Crime/dp/1501191969) Discover the classic, behind-the-scenes chronicle of John E. Douglas’ twenty-five-year career in the FBI Investigative Support Unit, where he used psychological profiling to delve into the minds of the country’s most notorious serial killers and criminals. Our second book is Whoever Fights Monsters: My Twenty Years Tracking Serial Killers for the FBI (Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Whoever-Fights-Monsters-Tracking-Killers/dp/0312950446/ref=pd_sim_14_13?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0312950446&pd_rd_r=bb0de59b-19d1-11e9-982d-992e9505a650&pd_rd_w=IlPOz&pd_rd_wg=BJoe3&pf_rd_p=18bb0b78-4200-49b9-ac91-f141d61a1780&pf_rd_r=2JM1GC01M10HYJFK95N6&psc=1&refRID=2JM1GC01M10HYJFK95N6) Face-to-face with some of America's most terrifying killers, FBI veteran Robert K. Ressler learned how to identify the unknown monsters who walk among us -- and put them behind bars. In Whoever Fights Monsters, Ressler―the inspiration for the character Agent Bill Tench in David Fincher's hit TV show Mindhunter―shows how he was able to track down some of the country's most brutal murderers. Bonus points for watching 'Mindhunter' on Netflix, although it's by no means required to discuss the books. Please add extra resources in the comments!
- Meeting and discussion: 'I'll Be Gone in the Dark' by Michelle McNamara
Hello All! Let's kick off the group with the discussion of the Golden State Killer case and McNamara's fantastic book 'I'll Be Gone in the Dark'! We'll meet at SoHo Tea and Coffee, a community cafe that also serves food, as well as alcoholic drinks (if that's your jam). The menu can be found here: https://sohoteaandcoffee.com/ Resources: The paperback just got published, and you can grab a copy here for $12: https://www.amazon.com/Ill-Be-Gone-Dark-Obsessive/dp/0062319795/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= I also highly recommend the audiobook 'Evil Has a Name': https://www.audible.com/pd/Evil-Has-a-Name-Audiobook/B07H7TT7GM Michelle McNamara's true crime blog: http://truecrimediary.com/index.cfm A list of podcasts and longreads about the case: https://www.vox.com/culture/2018/4/26/17286328/golden-state-killer-east-area-rapist-earons-podcasts-series If you have other resources you recommend, please post them in the comments. Looking forward to meeting all of you soon!