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My Life Among the Serial Killers


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Helen Morrison, M.D., is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for general psychiatry as well as child and adolescent psychiatry. She is also a certified forensic psychiatrist. She is the editor or coauthor of four academic books, as well as the author or coauthor of more than 125 published articles in her field. Dr. Morrison has worked with both national and international law enforcement, and has made presentations in more than fifteen countries. She lives in Chicago with her husband and children. Harold Goldberg was the editor-in-chief of Sony Online, where he created Motherboard, an online magazine. In 2000 he won the Western Publishers Award for Best Feature. He has written for The New York Times, NYT Book Review, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and others.


Forensic psychiatrist Morrison has probed the minds of more than 80 murderous psychopaths in an attempt to find out why serial killers kill. In addition to subjects from her three decades of profiling work, she presents "psychological autopsies" of earlier killers from history. In short, Morrison concludes that serial killers lack the essential core of human relatedness-the ability to become close to others. She has worked with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies and has consequently handled some bloody and gruesome criminal cases. Here, she shares many interesting and sometimes disturbing stories from her profiling work: for example, immediately after she returned from her honeymoon, a Christmas card was delivered to her unlisted address from John Wayne Gacy, an infamous psychopath who killed 33 young males. The reportedly toned-down version of her research on Robert Berdella, a particularly savage killer, is enough to make the average reader cringe. This highly recommended book will make an excellent addition to any collection in criminal justice and especially in the specialized area of serial killers.-Tim Delaney, SUNY at Oswego Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

"A scary piece of work, with even scarier implications."--Kirkus Reviews
"Interesting and sometimes disturbing...This highly recommended book will make an excellent addition to any collection in criminal justice."--Library Journal
"Profoundly enlightening....Morrison provides startling insights into what factors breed serial killers...An absorbing, disturbing book."--Booklist

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