Over the course of 25 years, Morrison has profiled more than 80 serial killers, from John Wayne Gacy to Gary Leon Ridgeway ("The Green River Killer"). Here, she shares a chilling, firsthand account of a harrowing odyssey into the twisted minds of the world's most horrific murderers.Over the course of 25 years, Morrison has profiled more than 80 serial killers, from John Wayne Gacy to Gary Leon Ridgeway ("The Green River Killer"). Here, she shares a chilling, firsthand account of a harrowing odyssey into the twisted minds of the world's most horrific murderers.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2004-04-05 With serial killers a hot topic in the wake of Charlize Theron's Oscar-winning performance in Monster, forensic psychiatrist Morrison's memoir of working with more than 80 serial killers couldn't be more timely. The author's countless hours of interviews with John Wayne Gacy and others of his ilk have led her to a controversial conclusion: she believes there's a serial killer gene ("He is a serial killer when he is a fetus, even as soon as sperm meets egg to create the genes of a new person"). Unfortunately, she offers little in support of this deterministic view, and she will offend some readers with an implied exoneration of criminals whom she describes as "completely unaware of the process leading up to murder," despite the detailed planning and preparation displayed by many of them. And even readers who are willing to have an open mind about Morrison's theories are likely to find some aspects of her report a little creepy, as when she discusses a treasured trophy she keeps in her basement: "I place John Gacy's brain back in the box because my kids are calling for me upstairs." Agent, Chris Calhoun at Sterling Lord. (On sale May 4) Forecasts: 60 Minutes II has committed to a profile with Dr. Morrison to air May 5. The author will appear live on the Today show on May 6, with more media appearances in the days to follow, including with Paula Zahn on CNN and Chuck Scarborough on MSNBC. Expect an initial surge in sales. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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