Goodreads Review: The Cases that Haunt Us by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker

Four star review, originally posted here on October 26, 2019.

The majority of this book was really interesting. Douglas applied his contemporary expertise to historic famous cases, showing how modern profiling may have helped bring culprits to justice. Fascinating stuff.

But at the end he crams in a weird mismatched chapter about the Jon Benet Ramsey case that just didn’t match the rest of the book no matter how hard he tried to shoehorn it in. Douglas himself worked on this case in a consultant capacity, and so while hearing his personal thoughts about that case was somewhat interesting, it was just nowhere near as interesting as all of the previous chapters. It also amplified Douglas’ dripping inflated ego, apparent but tolerable throughout the rest of the book, to insufferable levels.

Just read the first 3 chapters and move on.


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