The Cases That Haunt Us

The Cases That Haunt Us

From Jack the Ripper to JonBenet Ramsey, the FBI's Legendary Mindhunter Sheds Light on the Mysteries That Won't Go Away

Large Print - 2001
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America's foremost expert on criminal profiling provides his uniquely gripping analysis of seven of the most notorious murder cases in the history of crime -- from the Whitechapel murders to JonBenet Ramsey -- often contradicting conventional wisdom and legal decisions. Jack the Ripper. Lizzie Borden. The Zodiac Killer. Certain homicide cases maintain an undeniable, almost mystical hold on the public imagination. They touch a nerve deep within us because of the personalities involved, their senseless depravity, the nagging doubts about whether justice was done, or because, in some instances, no suspect has ever been identified or caught. In The Cases That Haunt Us, twenty-five-year-FBI-veteran John Douglas, profiling pioneer and master of modern criminal investigative analysis, and author and filmmaker Mark Olshaker, the team behind the bestselling Mindhunter series, explore the tantalizing mysteries that both their legions of fans and law enforcement professionals ask about most. Among the questions they tackle: Was Jack the Ripper actually the Duke of Clarence, eldest grandson of Queen Victoria, or perhaps a practicing medical doctor? And did highly placed individuals within Scotland Yard have a good idea of the Ripper's identity, which they never revealed? Douglas and Olshaker create a detailed profile of the killer, and reveal their chief suspect. Was Lizzie Borden truly innocent of the murder of her father and stepmother as the Fall River, Massachusetts, jury decided, or was she the one who took the ax and delivered those infamous "whacks"? Through a minute-by-minute behavioral analysis of the crime, the authors come to a convincing conclusion. Did Bruno Richard Hauptmann single-handedly kidnap the baby son of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, the most famous couple in the world, or was he an innocent man caught up and ultimately executed in a relentless rush to judgment in the "crime of the century"? What kind of person could kill six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey on Christmas night in her own home? Douglas was called in on the case shortly after the horrifying murder, and his conclusions are hard-hitting and controversial. Why, in the face of the majority of public, media, and law enforcement opinion, including former FBI colleagues, does Douglas believe that John and Patricia Ramsey did not murder their daughter? And what is the forensic and behavioral evidence he brings to bear to make his claim? Taking a fresh and penetrating look at each case, the authors reexamine and reinterpret accepted facts and victimology using modern profiling and the techniques of criminal analysis developed by Douglas within the FBI. This book deconstructs the evidence and widely held beliefs surrounding each case and rebuilds them -- with fascinating and haunting results.
Publisher: Thorndike, ME : Thorndike Press, 2001, c2000.
ISBN: 9780786232932
0786232935
Branch Call Number: LGPRINT 364.1523 Douglas
Characteristics: 741 p. (large print) :,ill. ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Olshaker, Mark 1951-

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GlenAbbeyWarrior
Aug 25, 2015

Another excellent book from John Douglas, the author of Mindhunter. The chapter about the Lindbergh baby kidnapping and murder was fascinating. While revisionists over the years have tried to exonerate Bruno Hauptmann from any wrongdoing, the evidence presented in this book makes it crystal clear that he definitely was involved in the crime. But the section dealing with the unsolved murder of JonBenet Ramsey was without question the highlight of The Cases That Haunt Us. Written in the year 2000 when most people believed the parents were responsible for her death, Douglas put his reputation on the line in arguing that it was instead a kidnapping gone wrong. However, after reading another book about the Ramsey case by Detective Steve Thomas, I respectfully disagree with his conclusions. The evidence clearly points to Patsy Ramsey as the murderer.

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Yayasistar
Apr 14, 2015

Since listening to America's Life podcast of Serial. I think I really need to read this book now. Better add it to my wish list.

bookfanatic1979 Sep 10, 2013

I was expecting more of a “which of your cases haunt you the most” interview-type book with various law enforcement representatives. Once I got over that little misconception—silly me, not reading the entire title first—I was immediately drawn in. Readers get a thorough history of each case, various suspects, and are then led through Douglas’ theories step-by-step. Very easy to follow, this book should especially appeal to those interested in the science of profiling, history/true crime buffs, and mystery aficionados.

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Tydomin
Aug 12, 2011

Fascinating. Always believed the Ramseys were innocent, and today, touch DNA has excluded them.

Mr. D. made the right call.

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SweeTee
Feb 12, 2010

A very interesting take on some famous cases by a former FBI Murder investigator. I can't help but feel that Douglas wrote all the preceeding chapters (Jack The Ripper, Lizzie Borden, The Zodiac, etc.) using the presumption of certain theories and rationales in order to justify his take on the final story about JonBenet Ramsey, an investigation that he was personally involved with. In reading his meanderings and musings, his constant attempts to look at everything BUT the evidence, I get the distinct feeling that this man is covering up for someone or something. Too many holes and contradictions made me very suspicious of his true motive for writing the book at all.

I had no real opinion on the Ramsey case one way or the other until I read this book and now that I have, I have a very difficult time believing Douglas was actually looking for a killer. It rather appears he was spending all his energies trying to vindicate the very suspicious parents of this little girl.

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