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Journey into Darkness

Narrated by: Danny Campbell
Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
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Publisher's Summary

In the number-one New York Times best seller Mindhunter, John Douglas, who headed the FBI's elite Investigative Support Unit, told the story of his brilliant and terrifying career tracking down some of the most heinous criminals in history. Now, in Journey into Darkness, Douglas profiles vicious serial killers, rapists, and child molesters. He is straightforward, blunt, often irreverent, and outspoken, but takes pains not to glorify any of these murderers. 

Some of the unique cases Douglas discusses include:

  • The Clairemont killer
  • The schoolgirl murders
  • Richmond's first serial murderer
  • The brutal and sadistic murder of Suzanne Marie Collins
  • Polly Klaas' abduction and murder by Richard Allen Davis
  • The tragedy that lead to the creation of Megan's Law

With Journey into Darkness, Douglas provides more than a glimpse into the minds of serial killers; he demonstrates what a powerful weapon behavioral science has become. Profiling criminals helps not only to capture them, but also helps society understand how these predators work and what can be done to prevent them from striking again. Douglas focuses especially on pedophiles and child abductors, fully explaining what drives them and how to keep children away from them. As he points out, "The best way to protect your children is to know your enemy." He includes eight rules for safety, a list of steps parents can take to prevent child abduction and exploitation, tips on how to detect sexual exploitation, basic rules of safety for children, and a chart, based on age, that details the safety skills children should have to protect themselves.

In his review for Mindhunter in The New York Times Book Review, Dean Koontz said, "Because of his insights and the power of the material, he leaves us shaken, gripped by a quiet grief for the innocent victims and anguished by the human condition." Journey into Darkness continues this perilous trip into the psyche of the serial killer, but also offers a glimmer of hope that profiling may enable law enforcement to see the indicators of a serial killer's mind and intervene before he kills or kills again. 

©1997 John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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Great book hate the narrator

The book is great but who ever read this book need to do something else it drove me crazy

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  • Moranda Haines
  • 2018-11-13

4th best JD/MO book but worth the credit.

love John Douglas and his Co authored books by mark olshaker.

these 3 are slightly better:
Mindhunter
BTK
Obsession

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  • leelee8888
  • 2019-01-30

Your typical John E Douglas.

It really starts to get redundant when the first 1/3 of all his books is his rise to fame for birthing the criminal profiler term instead of really interesting cases and details surrounding them. I want detailed cases , ones I have not heard . Why is that so much to ask from a criminal profiler? How and why are they recycling the same cases over and over?

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  • DCNow2014
  • 2018-11-11

Starts strong but goes off course

I've always been fascinated by the FBI Behavioral Science Unit and the criminal profilers, including John Douglas. The book starts strong with interesting, albeit horrifying, cases. A little over half-way through the book, however, Douglas goes on and on about the legal system, victims rights, etc. I've been the victim of crime and had a family member murdered (a police officer, no less), but I'm not terribly interested in Douglas ranting about how the legal system favors the accused/convicted over victims.

Beyond the story, I was quite disappointed with the narrator. A bit too folksy for my tastes.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-10-09

disappointed

I'm a big fan of John Douglas but I struggled to listen to this book. I couldn't get pass the readers voice. Couldn't finish book.

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  • Jacqui
  • 2019-01-26

Not What I Expected

I have mixed feelings about this book. I loved Mindhunter and was hoping for more of the same, and parts of Journey Into Darkness were interesting, but mostly I found it to be rambling and without much focus on profiling or what makes either the profiler or the criminal tick. I could have done with far less biography of Suzanne Collins and also her parents’ fight for reform of the process dealing with the delays involved with death sentences, for example.

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  • Winton D Jones
  • 2019-06-07

Disturbing,the amount of evil inside of people

This is not a scary or frightening detailing of the vileness of people in society.It is disturbing in the fact that these are real cases.There are real Michael Myers out there and Freddies.

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  • michael dickerson
  • 2019-05-27

Beautiful. Darkness

An educational visit into the history of societies self mindedness and ignorance. Both the FBI,Law Enforcement and victims are thanked for their participation. The killers in these tales of life are victims of the elite society. Enjoy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-15

It's ok. A little repetitive of this genre

After reading the other books by JD things start to get a little repetitive. The opening of this book seemed a little confusing. Never the less, I finished it. Nothing to write home about.

Oh yeah, and somebody get this narrator a freaking throat lozenge already! Or make him cough, or a glass of water, or give him a few sick days to recover from his raspy throat. Geeze!

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  • danny
  • 2019-04-11

need a better narrator.

The book is good, however, the narrator sounds like he's about to pass out. In opinion, the book would be better with someone that sounds younger, not someone who sounds like Grandpa.

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  • Tamara Woods
  • 2019-03-19

Love this Book

For a true crime addict, you must read this along with Mindhunter and Obsession. They are truly dark and addictive.