For twenty-five years, John E. Douglas worked for the FBI, where he headed the elite Investigative Support Unit. The real-life model for FBI Agent Jack Crawford in “The Silence of the Lambs”, he’s had a brilliant and terrifying career, getting inside the minds of notorious murderers and serial killers including Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, and David Berkowitz (Son of Sam). Written with longtime collaborator Mark Olshaker, “Law & Disorder” is Douglas’ most provocative and personal book to date. In it, he addresses every law enforcement professional’s worst nightmare: those cases where, for one reason or another, justice was delayed …or even denied. Through a series of character-driven case histories – from the earliest trials in Salem, Massachusetts to the bungled trial of Amanda Knox – Douglas shows what happens when the system breaks down and bias, media coverage, and other influences get in the way of a dispassionate pursuit of the evidence. Here also are Douglas’ personal reflections on his ongoing search for the truth – from painful lessons learned early in his career to his controversial findings in the West Memphis Three and Jon Benet Ramsey investigations. Brimming with procedural detail, “Law & Disorder” is an eye-opening insider’s account of the exhilaration and frustration that attend the quest for justice.
This book is a fantastic read hands down. John Douglas, is one of the nation’s foremost experts in criminal profiling. In this new book he shows you several criminal cases where the police and prosecution got it all wrong in a rush to judgement. The book is really fascinating, and so is Mr Douglas’s wealth of knowledge about criminal justice.
If you only read one book this year make “Law and Disorder” that book. If you have any interest in the criminal justice system and wrongful convictions you will want to read this book.
I received this book for my early review, all opinions expressed are my own.