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OBSESSION

JOHN DOUGLAS
AND
MARK OLSHAKER

POCKET BOOKS
New York  London  Toronto  Sydney

THE STUNNING
NEW YORK TIMES
BESTSELLER THAT PENETRATES THE MINDS AND REVEALS THE MOTIVES OF THE MOST TERRIFYING SERIAL KILLERS

JOURNEY INTO DARKNESS

THE EDGAR-AWARD NOMINATED, #1 BESTSELLER

MINDHUNTER

Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit

AND
UNABOMBER

On the Trail of America’s Most-Wanted Serial Killer

All Available from Pocket Books

“John Douglas is a brilliant man…. [He] knows more about serial killers man anybody in the world.”

—Jonathan Demme, director of
The Silence of the Lambs

“Mr. Douglas leaves us shaken, gripped by a quiet grief for the innocent victims and anguished by the human condition.”

—Dean Koontz,
The New York Times Book Review

PRAISE FOR THE RIVETING
NEW YORK TIMES
BESTSELLERS BY JOHN DOUGLAS AND MARK OLSHAKER

JOURNEY INTO DARKNESS

“An unsparing account of a brutal business … The real genius here lies in the analytical rigor of Douglas’ crime-scene investigations…. Gutsy, hard-nosed police work of the most difficult—and readable—kind”

—Gene Lyons,
Entertainment Weekly

“Passionate, intelligent, and heartbreaking, the message of
Journey into Darkness
is a hard-hitting, no-holds-barred attack on our namby-pamby, wishy-washy, ‘politically correct’ age.”

—Roy E. Perry,
Nashville Banner

“A hard-hitting, no-holds-barred look at [behavioral profiling] and how it has been used time and again to solve crimes across the country.”


Anniston Star
(AL)

MINDHUNTER

“In this chronicle of his remarkable and chilling career, John Douglas allows all of us to accompany him into unthinkably dark places where we find the bloody tracks of the Ted Bundys, John Hinckley Jrs., and Charles Mansons.”

—Patricia Cornwell, bestselling author of
Hornet’s Nest

“A quirky, winning tale of awful crimes and awe-inspiring detective work…. Douglas gives us a pair of human eyes through which to view crimes and criminals that are at once grotesque and compelling. … In the end,
Mindhunter
rings the bell because Douglas knows what all the great crime writers know—that the criminologist must be at least as interesting as the crime. On that score, Douglas fits the profile.”

—Richard Willing,
USA Today

“Although Douglas’ profiles reflect years of experience, there’s an uncanniness about their level of detail: He can predict the make and color of a killer’s car. In the Trailside Killer case in which Northern California hikers were slain in 1979, Douglas rightly predicted the assailant was a stutterer…. Called the ‘FBI’s modern Sherlock Holmes,’ Douglas says he comes up with such details by going into a trancelike state in which he becomes both killer and victim…. Douglas’ conservative estimate is that there are between thirty-five and fifty serial killers hard at work around the country right now, leaving ‘several hundred’ dead people in their wake each year.”

—Deb Price,
Detroit News

“A fascinating journey into the thrill killer’s psyche…. Douglas seems to have a true gift of instinct
Mindhunter
is gripping….”

—Lou Grieco,
Dayton Daily News
(OH)

“In this … fascinating memoir of his twenty-five-year career with the FBI, John Douglas contends that psychopathic serial killers have a warped need to kill…. The key to Douglas’ approach is to look for the ‘signature’—as opposed to the modus operandi—of serial killers…. Douglas is at his best describing the terrible crimes that were committed and explaining the logic of his profiling method.”

—Charles P. Thobae,
Houston Chronicle

“Douglas … is one heck of a storyteller.
Mindhunter
is the book that will make you lock up the house, take the phone off the hook and just keep reading. You won’t be able to put it down.”

—Rima L. Firrone,
Ocala Star-Banner
(FL)

“Hannibal Lecter may have been a fictional creation but his counterparts exist in real life, and Douglas has tracked down, testified against or just sat down and talked with dozens of them. … A chilling memoir …”

—Lynda Hurst,
The Toronto Star

“In his spellbinding book, the legendary Douglas … delves into much of the gritty how-to of criminal personality ‘profiling.’ … He’s downright gifted. … I defy anyone interested in psychology, detective work, or logic and puzzle-solving, to put
Mindhunter
willingly aside once begun.”

—Ann G. Sjoerdsma,
The Virginian-Pilot

BY THE SAME AUTHORS

NONFICTION

Mindhunter:
Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crimes Unit

Unabomber:
On the Trail of America’s Most-Wanted Serial Killer

Journey into Darkness

Obsession

The Anatomy of Motive

FICTION

Broken Wings

BY JOHN DOUGLAS

Sexual Homicide:
Patterns and Motives
(with Robert K. Ressler and Ann W. Burgess)

Crime Classification Manual (with Ann W. Burgess, Allen G. Burgess, and Robert K. Ressler)

John Douglas’s Guide to Careers in the FBI

John Douglas’s Guide to the Police Officers Exam

John Douglas’s Guide to the California Police Officers Exam

BY MARK OLSHAKER

NONFICTION

The Instant Image:
Edwin Land and the Polaroid Experience

Virus Hunter:
Thirty Years of Battling Hot Viruses Around the World
(with C. J. Peters, M.D.)

FICTION

Einstein’s Brain

Unnatural Causes

Blood Race

The Edge

ANTHOLOGY

Unusual Suspects (edited by James Grady)

For information regarding special discounts for bulk purchases, please contact Simon & Schuster Special Sales at 1-800-456-6798 or [email protected]

JOHN DOUGLAS

AND

MARK OLSHAKER

OBSESSION

POCKET BOOKS
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Originally published in hardcover in 1998 by Scribner

POCKET BOOKS, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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Copyright ©1998 by Mindhunters, Inc.

All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form whatsoever.

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ISBN: 0-671-01704-7

eISBN: 978-1-439-10740-9

ISBN 978-0-671-01704-0

First Pocket Books printing December 1998

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Cover photo by Peter Liepke

Printed in the U.S.A.

F
OR
J
ACK
D
OUGLAS

March 19, 1918-May 14, 1997

Father, friend, and our greatest supporter

With love, and the hope you’re just as proud of this one

AUTHORS’ NOTE

Our deepest and most heartfelt appreciation goes out to the team that has made this book possible: our intrepid editor, Lisa Drew; her able assistant, Blythe Grossberg; our own talented assistant and researcher, Ann Hennigan; our agent, manager and confidant, Jay Acton; all of our friends at Scribner and Pocket Books; and, of course, Mark’s wife Carloyn, our Mind-hunters chief of staff.

We’re also profoundly indebted to all of the heroic people who shared their insights, their professional experience and, in some very real instances, their lives. These are, strictly in alphabetical order: David Beatty, Director of Public Policy of the National Victim Center; Jack and Trudy Collins; Carroll Ann Ellis, Director of the Fairfax County, Virginia, Victim-Witness Unit; Linda A. Fairstein, Chief of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit of the New York County District Attorney’s Office; Hans Hageman, Director of the East Harlem School at Exodus House; Katie and Steven Hanley; Dr. Stanton Samenow; Gene, Jeni and Peggy Schmidt; Kansas State Attoney General Carla Stovall; and Sandy Witt, Victim Coordinator of the Fairfax County Victim-Witness Unit.

As always, the work of colleagues Dr. Ann Burgess and Roy Hazelwood has proved invaluable. We’d also like to thank: Jim Adler; Lynn Allen; Richard Berlin; Det. Dick Cline, Gavin de Becker; Dr. Park Dietz; Darron and Kelli Farha; Heather Haas; Inge Hanson; Det. Dennis Harris; Shannon Marsh; Det. Bob Murphy; Stacey Payne; Eric Rittenhouse; Chief M. Douglas Scott; Bill Whildin; and all of John’s colleagues and Mark’s friends at the FBI.

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