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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (574 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Helen Morrison Narrator: Helen Morrison Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2004 ISBN: 9780060764159
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Dr. Helen Morrison has profiled more than eighty serial killers around the world. What she has learned about them will shatter every assumption you've ever had about the most notorious killers known to man.

Dr. Helen Morrison, a leading expert on serial killers, has spent as many as four hundred hours alone with depraved murderers. In My Life Among the Serial Killers, Dr. Morrison relates how she profiled Richard Otto Macek, who chewed on his victims' body parts, stalked Dr. Morrison, then believed she was his wife. She conducted the last interview with Ed Gein, the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. John Wayne Gacy, the clown-obsessed killer of young men, sent her crazed Christmas cards, and gave her his paintings as presents. Dr. Morrison has received letters from killers, read their diaries and journals, evaluated crime scenes, testified at their trials, and studied photos of the gruesome carnage. She has interviewed the families of the victims, and the spouses and parents of the killers.

Through it all, Dr. Morrison's goal has been to discover the reasons why serial killers are compelled to murder, how they choose their victims, and what we can do to prevent their crimes in the future. Her provocative conclusions will stun you.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Profoundly enlightening…Morrison provides startling insights into what factors breed serial killers…An absorbing, disturbing book.”

    Booklist

  • “Interesting and sometimes disturbing...This highly recommended book will make an excellent addition to any collection in criminal justice.”

    Library Journal

  • “A scary piece of work, with even scarier implications.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The good doctor skimps not at all on the brutal habits and crimes of such serial-killer luminaries as John Wayne Gacy as she explains her quest to understand their mental illness.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Courtney | 2/16/2014

    " Unfortunately, not as educational as I was hoping. Did not find data, research, or studies. Found the authors interesting stories and opinions. That's fine if that's what you're looking for, but I was expecting a bit more out of a psychiatrist specializing in serial killers. I was surprised by several negative comments about others in related professions - including other psychiatrists and members of law enforcement. These seemed out of place and unprofessional, which colored my view of the rest of the material. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara Lynn | 2/3/2014

    " I'll always say that criminology is one of my favorite social sciences. It allows the study of human beings from a different perspective, and draws fascinating correlations between the most banal parts of everyday life to the most bizarre. Morrison's approach to each case is matter of fact, and not in the least bit lofty, like some of her other peers. I really enjoyed this work, and I'll be on the lookout to see if I can find others. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 1/31/2014

    " A little too much about "my life" and not enough about "among the serial killers." I don't really care about this woman's personal life. Just tell me about the nuts, already. A lot of name dropping (if you can call it that with serial killers). The chapter about Ed Gein was totally pointless. Only included, I think, to prove she'd talked to him in person -- added nothing to the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noelle | 1/31/2014

    " Very good book! However during my read I realized I needed to stop my true crime spree that I had started :) Some parts of this book truly disgusted me. However if you can get over that she has some interesting opinions in this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julsey | 1/30/2014

    " Gave such an insite into serial killers. I was very impressed with the book. For a non-fiction book it really kept my interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 1/26/2014

    " Serial killers are fascinating. I wonder what makes them tick, how do they become evil, is it gradual, instantaneous, chemical, mental? All these questions and many more are addressed in this book. I would read it again and again. I have highlighted, underlined and starred numerous pages, paragraphs and lines. A real eye-opener, all at once amazing and frightening. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 1/22/2014

    " Dr. Helen Morison gives her analysis of seriel killers she has interviewed. She tells about Fred and Rosemary West, Richard otto Macek, Ed Gem, John Wayne Gacy, Wayne Williams, Bobby Joe Long and Marcelo Costa de Andrade. Her final synopsis is that she believes all serial killer's main problem is that they never mature emotionally. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 1/19/2014

    " It was morbid curiosity! Pretty interesting though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia De | 1/2/2014

    " If true crime and serial killers are what you are interested in then this is a must read! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 12/29/2013

    " Certainly interesting, especially her analysis. Some descriptions are a bit hard to take. At times it did seem a bit too self-righteous though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/6/2013

    " Not nearly as exciting as it sounds. It seemed like the author was talking more about herself than her findings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karla | 11/24/2013

    " I find books about human nature, especially the fringe and bizarre, very intriguing. This book is well written and from the author's dealings with individual serial killers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Flippy Odegard | 10/29/2013

    " It's pretty much a book of, "Look how smart I am" stories. Yeah, yeah, we get it, you're brilliant, but tell us about the serial killers. We all find serial killers fascinating, yet this author found a way to make them dull. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Annie | 1/12/2013

    " Poor. Nothing new in this book, very close to a complete waste of time and more on the verge of self-marketing as oppose to informative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawn | 1/8/2013

    " It was out of my normal read zone.. there are parts that creped me out. However, some of the observations were interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley Lewis | 9/25/2012

    " For basic knowledge on a good number of serial killers, this book was perfect. Very well written, and very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Derrick | 8/15/2012

    " if you're into crime-sociology, this is a good read about what makes serial killers tick. Creepy. Alarming. Engrossing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dudette | 6/1/2012

    " Very Interesting... a good read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie Stoll | 3/11/2012

    " A book of non-fiction that includes some very interesting information. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick Platt | 12/7/2011

    " This was an okay book, but I got bored with it, so I returned it to the library. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 T. M. | 11/1/2011

    " Interesting theories. I found her views on profiling a bit derogatory at times, but she did talk about some interesting cases--both famous and infamous. Worth a read if you're interested in the subject of serial killers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan Ridenour | 6/24/2011

    " This book is based on the real-life Clarise from Silence of the Lambs. Good book, but really disturbing, especially the portrayl of John Wayne Gacy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 3/7/2011

    " A book of non-fiction that includes some very interesting information. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julsey | 10/29/2010

    " Gave such an insite into serial killers. I was very impressed with the book. For a non-fiction book it really kept my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 10/3/2010

    " For basic knowledge on a good number of serial killers, this book was perfect. Very well written, and very interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Annie | 6/15/2010

    " Poor. Nothing new in this book, very close to a complete waste of time and more on the verge of self-marketing as oppose to informative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karla | 3/22/2010

    " I find books about human nature, especially the fringe and bizarre, very intriguing. This book is well written and from the author's dealings with individual serial killers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William | 2/18/2010

    " The author contends that genetics is entirely responsible for producing serial killers. An interesting concept, but often the author does not seem to make any original observations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 11/22/2009

    " Certainly interesting, especially her analysis. Some descriptions are a bit hard to take. At times it did seem a bit too self-righteous though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 11/22/2009

    " Kind of an ego-jackoff. Not into these kinds of true crime books. This author is way full of herself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 9/8/2009

    " Crazy fascinating... definitely going to reread "

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