My Life Among The Serial Killers: Inside the Minds of the World's Most Notorious Murderers

Mass Market Paperback | January 25, 2005

byHelen Morrison

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Over the course of twenty-five years, Dr. Helen Morrison has profiled more than eighty serial killers around the world. What she learned about them will shatter every assumption you've ever had about the most notorious criminals known to man.Judging by appearances, Dr. Helen Morrison has an ordinary life in the suburbs of a major city. She has a physician husband, two children, and a thriving psychiatric clinic. But her life is much more than that. She is one of the country's leading experts on serial killers, and has spent as many as four hundred hours alone in a room with depraved murderers, digging deep into killers' psyches in ways no profiler before ever has.

In My Life Among the Serial Killers, Dr. Morrison relates how she profiled the Mad Biter, Richard Otto Macek, who chewed on his victims' body parts, stalked Dr. Morrison, then believed she was his wife. She did the last interview with Ed Gein, who was 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. Then there was Atlanta child killer Wayne Williams; rapist turned murderer Bobby Joe Long; England's Fred and Rosemary West, who killed girls and women in their "House of Horrors"; and Brazil's deadliest killer of children, Marcelo Costa de Andrade.

Dr. Morrison has received hundreds of 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 -- to gain a deeper understanding of the killer's environment and the public persona he adopts. She has also studied serial killers throughout history and shows how this is not a recent phenomenon with psychological autopsies of the fifteenth-century French war hero Gilles de Rais, the sixteenth-century Hungarian Countess Bathory, H. H. Holmes of the late ninteenth century, and Albert Fish of the Roaring Twenties.

Through it all, Dr. Morrison has been on a mission 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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Over the course of twenty-five years, Dr. Helen Morrison has profiled more than eighty serial killers around the world. What she learned about them will shatter every assumption you've ever had about the most notorious criminals known to man.Judging by appearances, Dr. Helen Morrison has an ordinary life in the suburbs of a major city....

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. ...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 0.77 inPublished:January 25, 2005Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very interesting It was a good read. Learned a few things
Date published: 2014-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My life among serial killers I am always reading these kinds of books because i too am curious as to what makes a serial killer. The end of this book about test what can we use and so on is fascinating too.
Date published: 2014-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fresh perspective Really enjoyed this book and the authors thoughts and perspective.
Date published: 2014-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This book is interesting in style and content. The author removes the sensationalism and misplaced assumptions regarding serial killers as portrayed in the popular CSI and murder TV shows and movies and grounds the reader in sound observations gleaned from her years of research. Thank you Ms. Morrison for sharing with us your painstaking research and enlightening observations --- for reminding us not to conjecture recklessly beyond what the data presents.
Date published: 2013-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I admire dr Morrision for her work and her courage to do it ,I found her book very well written and very informative ,
Date published: 2013-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My life among the serial killers Excellent in-depth read, a page turner to those who research killers. A page tuner to those who don't. A reality check to those who watch the tv shows and see the 'profilers' profile. Dr. Morrison is a brave soul who faced not just serial killers face to face but her own people who had no faith in what she was trying to accomplish. Bravo for standing proud and standing tall.
Date published: 2013-11-01

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