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Dark Dreams: A Legendary FBI Profiler Examines Homicide and the Criminal Mind [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Roy Hazelwood , Stephen G. Michaud
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Oktober 2002
Profiler Roy Hazelwood is the world's leading expert on the strangest and most dangerous of all aberrant offenders--the sexual criminal. In Dark Dreams he reveals the twisted motives and perverse thinking that go into the most reprehensible crimes. He also catalogs the innovative and remarkably effective techniques--techniques that he helped pioneer at the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit--that allow Law Enforcement agents to construct psychological profiles of the offenders who comit them.

Hazelwood has helped track down some of the most violent and well known criminals in modern history; in Dark Dreams he takes readers into his world--a sinister world inhabited by scores of dangerous offenders for every Roy Hazelwood who would put them behind bars. These are sexual sadists, serial rapists, child molesters, and serial killers. The cases he describes are as shocking as they are perplexing; their resolutions are as fascinating as they are innovative:

* A young woman disappears from the convenience store where she works. Her body is later found in a field, strapped to a makeshift St. Andrew's Cross and mutilated beyond description. Who committed this heinous crime? And why?

* A teenager's corpse is found hanging in a storm sewer. His clothes are neatly folded by the entrance and a stopwatch lies in the grime beneath him. Is he the victim of a bizarre, ritualistic murder . . . or an elaborate masturbatory fantasy gone awry?

* A married couple, driving with their toddler in the back seat, pick up a female hitchhiker. They kidnap her and for seven years keep her in a box under their bed as a sexual slave. The wife had agreed to this inhuman arrangement in exchange for a second child. Who was to blame?

But as gruesome as the crimes are and as unsettling as the odds seem, Hazelwood, writing with veteran journalsit Stephen Michaud, proves that the right amounts of determination and logic can bring even the most cunning and devious criminals to justice.
Dark Dreams is a 2002 Edgar Award Nominee for Best Fact Crime.

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  • Taschenbuch: 273 Seiten
  • Verlag: St Martins Pr; Auflage: Reprint (Oktober 2002)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0312980116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312980115
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 2 x 10,6 x 16,9 cm
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"Hazelwood's authentic and unique perspective pierces a darkness most of us would like to believe doesn't exist." -Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files

"Hazelwood is a fascinating figure."--The New York Times

"An expert in crime analysis."--John Douglas, bestselling author of Mindhunter


Roy Hazlewood spent two decades studying sexual sadists, serial rapists, child molesters, and serial killers. The cases he worked are as shocking as they are perplexing; their resolutions are as fascinating as they are innovative: A young woman disappears from a convenience shop. Her skeleton is later found in the woods, near the torture rack where she was killed. Who did it and why? A teenager's corpse hangs in a storm sewer. His clothes are folded nearby and a pocket watch rests in his mouth. Is he a victim of ritualistic murder? Or an elaborate fantasy gone awry? Dark Dreams demonstrates that the profiler's work is as fascinating as the sexual crime is abhorrent. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Dark Dreams 2. Juni 2012
"Dark Dreams" by Roy Hazelwood and Stephen Michaud is a brilliantly written book that is both interesting and fascinating although many things contained in it are creepy or just gross. It is probably one of the best books I have read this year and was impossible to put down.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Interessante Lektüre 9. April 2012
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Diejenigen, die häufiger mal die Frage umtreibt, was einen Menschen zum Verbrecher macht bzw. welches Motiv und welcher psychischer Hintergrund hinter einem Verbrechen steckt, können getrost zu dieser Lektüre greifen. Ähnlich wie sein Kollege John Douglas, greift der Autor Roy Hazelwood auf langjährige Erfahrung als FBI Profiler zurück und nutzt wahre Verbrechen, um die Unterschiede in der Tatbegehung und die daraus zu ziehenden Rückschlüsse auf die Täterpersönlichkeit aufzuzeigen. In den ersten Kapiteln geht es rein um sexuell motivierte Verbrechen. Zum Schluss schließen sich einige Kapitel an, in denen es um Linkage Analysis, d.h. um die Frage, ob mehrere unterschiedliche Taten zum selben Täter gehören, um Equivocal deaths, d.h. die Feststellung, ob ein Todesfall Mord, Selbstmord oder ein Unfall war und um Mord aus Rache geht. Insgesamt würde ich das Buch denjenigen, die sich im Weitestens Sinne für Profiling interessieren, ans Herz legen.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Fascinating read 30. Dezember 2009
Von seraS
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As with "The Evil That Men Do", Roy Hazelwood and Stephen Michaud deliver a fascinating and interesting account of some of the cases Hazelwood investigated as an FBI Profiler. Not only does this book offer great insight into the investigation process and the criminal mind (in this case, predominantly that of the sexual offender), but it also gives us a few tidbits out of Hazelwood's personal life.

But caution! Do not read this book if you're looking for a thrilling true crime novel. "Dark Dreams" is mostly an account of Hazelwood's working life, meaning that unless you are interested in criminal profiling (and esp. sexual crimes), you might find it very uninteresting, to say the least.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The criminal mind 3. August 2001
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Roy Hazelwood is a colleague of well-known FBI profilers Robert Ressler and John Douglas. Like those two men, Hazelwood spent much of his FBI career working in the subterranean Behavioral Science Unit at the FBI's National Academy in Quantico, VA. Now retired and working in private practice, Hazelwood has written his second book on the topic of sexually violent criminals. As always, these books are not for the faint of heart, but for those who are fascinated with the criminal mind, there are few people who can speak with more authority or knowledge than Roy Hazelwood. Hazelwood's first book, The Evil That Men Do, was partially a biography, but this book focuses almost exclusively on various cases that he has been involved with. Chapters are devoted to serial rapists, revenge murders, profiling and equivocal deaths, among others.
Hazelwood spent years instructing police and law enforcement professionals about sexual violence and those who commit such acts. Unsurprisingly, in this book he is as much a teacher as he is a storyteller, trying to bring the reader along down twisted, tortuous paths into the minds of sexual offenders. I feel that his approach is both a strength and a weakness. Sometimes this book reads like a PowerPoint presentation; the reader can literally see the bullet points. It can also be a very perfunctory book. I found myself often wanting more details or longer explanations. The truth is that most people read these kinds of books for entertainment rather than edification. While Hazelwood surely knows that, he decided to keep his approach free from sensationalism or extraneous detail. I respect him for that, but I honestly think the book suffers a bit from this sometimes dry and clinical approach. Say what you will about the big egos of Robert Ressler or John Douglas, but both of those men write gripping, almost conversational "off-the-record" accounts.
Stephen Michaud is Hazelwood's co-writer, but I question how much time he spent on this book. I've read some of Michaud's other works and I know him to be a good writer, so I was surprised that there aren't many traces of his hand in this book. A good editor would have been welcome here, too. But this is nitpicking. Readers turn to Hazelwood for expert information and discussion on the rarest of criminals and crimes, and Hazelwood delivers. One of the best chapters covers equivocal deaths, or situations where it is not immediately possible to determine whether death resulted from suicide, homicide, or accident. Here Hazelwood shines, looking under every stone and coming up with convincing answers. His discussion on linkage analysis - whether or not a set or series of crimes was committed by the same offender - is similarly riveting.
Even though Hazelwood's book often reads like a college textbook, the tales he tells are so interesting that most readers will easily overlook any flaws or oversights. Anyone wanting to understand sexual violence can hardly do better than to turn to Roy Hazelwood.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen For mature readers only 4. Februar 2003
Von E. A. Lovitt - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I started reading about serial killers after the sniper deaths in Washington D.C. and Maryland. "Dark Dreams" is an interesting and horrifying look into the minds of serial killers, mostly American, although there is the obligatory chapter on Jack the Ripper.
In a previously read book, "Serial Killers" by Joel Norris, the author attempted both a psychological and biological profile of these murderers with emphasis on both nature and upbringing. Hazelwood and Michaud do not attempt to decipher the 'why' of serial killers in "Dark Dreams." They concentrate on the different types of 'how,' and what the 'how' reveals about the serial killer.
For instance, one of the authors' major themes is the narcissism of serial killers. Many of them come to believe that they are too smart for the police to catch, and start taking unnecessary chances. Some even write taunting letters to the police, e.g. the Zodiac Killer, or commit a crime under the very noses of their pursuers. An example of the latter type of behavior was demonstrated by the stalker, Andrew Johnstone, who stole his victim's underwear out of a Salvation Army box that the police had under twenty-four hour surveillance. The authors point out that a safer method to obtain the same result would have been to steal his victim's bras off of her clothesline.
A few other common characteristics of serial killers that the authors spend some time with are their ritualistic behavior, their employment of paid or compliant partners to 'practice' on, and their use of detective magazines as 'how to' manuals. A range of deviant behaviors including fetishism, necrophilia, sadism, masochism, and autoeroticism are touched upon although the authors concentrate on ritualistic sexual sadists as "the most resourceful, destructive, and elusive of all deviant offenders."
One of the authors, Roy Hazelwood" also co-authored a book on "Autoerotic Fatalities" and "Dark Dreams" follows up on this theme and explains how profilers determine whether a particular death is suicide, homicide, or an unfortunate accident.
How would you interpret the case where a teen-age boy's nude body was discovered hanging inside a vertical sewer pipe, his face covered in duct tape, and his grandfather's watch taped inside his mouth? Read the chapter on "Equivocal Deaths" and learn how FBI profiler and co-author, Roy Hazelwood determined exactly what had occurred.
This book is a dark journey into the human mind, quite graphic at times, and should probably be stamped "For mature readers only."
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wow- Compelling. 20. Februar 2002
Von Jen Arpin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is terrifyingly fascinating! It delves deep within the minds of those who commit the unspeakable and discusses it without sugar coating a thing. I have taken a lot of classes on crime and deviance and I went into this book thinking I wouldn't be scared or emotionally affected. Wrong! I was still shocked by what some people out there do- and perhaps more shocking- why they do it. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in the field of criminal profiling, criminal law, or even a true crime buff looking for a new addition to their library.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Teriffic book! 11. November 2001
Von Adi Adler - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Eoy Hazelwood describes his experiences and shares his knowledge of sex criminals from his job in the FBI profiling unit (the 'behevioral science unit' of 'The Silence of the Lambs'). Roy does a terrific job of describing what the job really is, what are it's different aspects and what it takes (training nd the type of person who'd be good at the job). He also gives us many detailed descriptions of many cases he was involved in during his long career both as an FBI agent and as a private consultant.
My only advice is not to read this book before going to bed, especially if you're a woman...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A scary read for a dark night! 9. April 2002
Von One Fancy Angel - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The books written by Hazelwood and other former FBI profilers, such as John Douglas, are just wonderfully creepy. I can no longer read fiction mysteries after reading this book. The truth is so much more frightening than fiction!! I recommend this book
highly to true crime fans, whether they be law enforcement professionals or, like me, fans of the genre. This is a frightening book that looks sexual violence straight in the eye. It is filled with scary factual detail. I recommend you hunker down with this book with the doors and windows locked!!!
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