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The Anatomy of Motive

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Profiling pioneer John Douglas has a theory that once the motivating force of a criminal is revealed, there is a good chance of solving the case. He ... Show synopsis

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David L

OK but out of date

by David L on Sep 5, 2013

If you are interested in the motives of major criminals you will find this interesting. Unfortunately, the author doesn't really get the psychological trauma most perpetrators have suffered, as it's only since the 90's that the connections have really been understood. Thus he still sees some perpetrators as "evil" or monsters. There is now treatment that could help some of these people if the conditions were caught early enough or if their traumas were prevented by proper conditions in their childhood. Punishment after the fact does hot produce any lasting change, and in most cases will only provoke the person into worse behaviour if ever released or if they escape. For better information, see the book "Violence" by Gilligan.

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Kim A. M

Still mostly relevant

by Kim A. M on Nov 17, 2011

Good older book. Still relevant for people that just want to get an overview of how the monster hunters put information together.

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