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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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  • Adam
  • 2019-10-21

I returned this book because it disturbed me

I rarely ever return books. I think this is only the second one I've ever returned. I listened to about half this book and decided I simply couldn't finish it. The details and crimes are too disturbing and I no longer wanted to think about them. I have absolutely no problem with gory or explicit content in fiction because I know it isn't real. It never, ever bothers me to read or watch a violent book, or video game, or movie. It never gets in my head. It turns out that isn't the case for me for true crime. I find the details of violent crimes, especially violent crimes against children, too disturbing and can't deal with it. I found that listening to this book made my mood dark, depressed me, and I had trouble getting to sleep. I simply couldn't continue. Just be advised that this book contains graphic descriptions of sadistic violent crimes and not everyone can handle that. I know now that I can't.

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  • nathan flack
  • 2020-06-25

Awesome

John always has great books. I will highly recommend anything he writes to anybody. Just know that some details can be graphic.

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  • Jennifer B
  • 2020-03-22

Captivating

If you enjoy Mindhunter or any other of John Douglas’s books, you will enjoy this one. Interesting and at times disturbing.

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  • Sarah Rosenblum
  • 2020-03-19

Just don’t

I realize this book is outdated, and have tried to keep that in mind while listening, but this book is highly problematic after about hour 3. Problematic AND boring. There are so many excellent true crime options out there, save your time and money.

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  • Jeri
  • 2020-02-04

First time in audio format, started out annoying..

I've read this in hardcover twice, but wanted to go through it again while on the road. At first the narrators voice was annoying, it was light and airy and sounded like maybe he needed to take a drink of water. It stopped being annoying when I realized how perfectly Mr. Campbell was reading this book, his meter/cadence/timing was perfect throughout the entire book. Perfect pauses at commas, perfect emphasis where needed, just extremely well read. Worth the credit!

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  • David Roy Vaughn
  • 2020-01-30

what a mess

just a hodge podge of several subjects. one is the story of a guy who brutally raped a woman. then we move on to profiling. This is the good stuff. then he goes into child safety. then there was more about the woman who was murdered in the first story. then a never ending chronicling of a rapist murderer. then the oj simpson case then his views on capital punishment. what a mess.

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  • Rob
  • 2020-01-17

Okay, but

I have to say the audiobook has no issues with performance I had no skips and no blackouts
These stories were just repeats out of mind hunter
I expected to get more out of the book then just a rehashing of another book
If you’ve already read or listened to Mindhunter don’t waste your time with this one
I lost close to 16 hours I will never get back