For the first time, one of the most influential and controversial figures in the criminal investigation reveals the science behind criminal behavior. From legendary FBI profiler John Douglas and Mark Olshaker — authors of the international nonfiction bestsellers Mindhunter, Journey into Darkness, and Obsession — comes an unprecedented, insightful look at the root of all crime. Drawing on new scientific studies and hundreds of interviews with felons and victims, The Anatomy of Motive offers groundbreaking insights into what drives people to kill — and why the rest of us often do nothing about it.
An investigative tour de force, John E. Douglas’s The Anatomy of Motive is a riveting account of the inner workings of criminals’ minds and their connections to humanity. Drawing on his experience in the FBI profiling unit, Douglas takes us inside the criminal mind to show how criminology is done. For decades he has studied criminals—both those who committed crimes and those who escaped prison to kill again. Concentrating on killers who committed their crimes for financial gain, Douglas delves into six specific homicidal behaviors: robbery/burglary; conning/fraud; espionage/espionage-related killing; kidnapping/abduction; sex-related killings; and greed killing.
John Douglas, one of the world’s most experienced experts on profiling criminals and psychological profiling, brings his unparalleled insight to a chilling crime of passion: a murder committed by an ordinary man for seemingly ordinary reasons. With riveting detail and insight, Douglas offers a rare look at the anatomy of motive — both the killer’s motive and the victim’s in this case — revealing how something as simple as a wallet containing cash, credit cards, and photographs can set off the uncontrollable rage.
About The Anatomy of Motive Book
From legendary FBI profiler John Douglas and Mark Olshaker — authors of the international nonfiction bestsellers Mindhunter, Journey into Darkness, and Obsession — comes an unprecedented, insightful look at the root of all crime.
Every crime is a mystery story with a motive at its heart. With the brilliant insight he brought to his outstanding work inside the FBI’s elite serial-crime unit, John Douglas pieces the motives behind violent sociopathic behavior together. He takes us into not only the darkest recesses of the minds of arsonists, hijackers, bombers, poisoners, assassins, serial killers, and mass murderers but also the seemingly ordinary people who suddenly kill their families or go on a rampage in the workplace.
Douglas identifies the antisocial personality, showing surprising similarities and differences among various deadly offenders. He also tracks the progressive escalation of those criminals’ sociopathic behavior. His analysis of such diverse killers as Lee Harvey Oswald, Theodore Kaczynski, and Timothy McVeigh is gripping. Still, more importantly, it helps us learn how to anticipate potential violent behavior before it’s too late.