So late one night a couple weeks ago, I decided that it would be a good idea to stay up after Jason had gone to sleep and read a book about serial killers and psychopaths. In a thousand year old building that likes to settle during the night. Not one of my brightest moments. Especially since The Profiler is about real murder cases that have never been solved.
Pat Brown, with the help of Mr. Andelman, details her life as a self-trained criminal profiler. She started in the business more than twenty years ago when a tenant she was renting a room to turned up as a prime murder suspect. That’s the summary at least. It actually took more than six years for the police to take her box full of evidence and actually do something about it–and even then he was never convicted and the case remained cold and unsolved. Stupid.
In college I majored in Criminology, so I know better than most that the modern American criminal justice system is extremely flawed–with often deadly results. Even if there is a ton of circumstantial AND physical evidence pointing towards a suspect, police are often too overworked to give it proper attention. That leads to them either making an incorrect assumption about the suspect, or brushing the case off completely. Not good when lives are on the line.
Each chapter covers an unsolved murder or two and how Brown has gone into these cold cases with what little evidence is left and pieced together what may or may not have occurred. It’s pretty interesting stuff.
Interesting–and chilling–considering none of these murderers have ever been brought to justice.
Definitely a must read for those interested in crime, murders, or even things that go bump in the night. I was creeped out simply by the knowledge that these real life monsters are still out there somewhere on the prowl.
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