Whoever Fights Monsters is the first book by Robert Ressler I have read, and I have to say I am very impressed. Ressler is an expert in his field, which this book is a clear demonstration of. Though certainly not for the faint of heart and I recommend reading something light afterward.
Whoever Fights Monsters is about the history of criminal profiling and how Robert started his journey into this area. He is very humble when talking about his efforts and contributions to the field. He also is very careful to give credit to those that have earned it, which makes him very endearing.
Robert talks about the interviews he conducted with serial offenders throughout his career, and he demonstrates how the information he gathered has helped in identifying people at risk of becoming potential criminals. He also discusses how this information has informed profiling current offenders.
The whole book is insanely engaging and is right up my alley. Personally, I’m in the middle of my Psychology and Criminology degree. Though I believe it would be interesting to whoever is intrigued by the human mind and what happens with things go wrong.
A warning, there are crime scene photos in the book which could be triggering for some people.
I hope everyone has had a wonderful Thursday, today I’m reviewing True Crime Addict which I polished off late last night as I just couldn’t put it down.
This book is about the disappearance of Maura Murry, a case I hadn’t heard about until the book was mentioned to me, so I hadn’t done any research on it. James Renner identifies all we know in regards to the night of her disappearance that is confirmed evidence and then delves in expertly with the most intriguing. The theories about what we may never know happened.
This is the first book I read of Renner’s, and I’m extremely impressed, he has an earnest quality to him and is very honest in his storytelling. He also believes in journalists being open about their research and has a blog with all of the evidence and interviews he collected while working on the case, something I wish more writers did. Warning, I highly recommend going on it while not on deadline for a project as you will spend at the very least, an hour perusing the evidence.
I don’t want to say too much on this one as I don’t want to spoil it; so to finish, I will just say that I highly recommend you pick up this book! You will finish it the same day you start because you won’t be able to put it down. I think this book does an excellent job of showing how the media can portray the victim of crimes as a myriad of positive clichés rather than a portrait of the person, something which the people that knew them also do, which unfortunately makes a case very hard to solve. Most people don’t look for the girl next door in the seedy neighborhood a few blocks away, and in some cases, they should.
Have you read True Crime Addict?