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My Life Among the Serial Killers: Inside the Minds of the World's Most Notorious Murderers

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Dr. Helen Morrison

Narrated By: Dr. Helen Morrison

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: May 2004

Duration: 5 hours 56 minutes

Summary:

Dr. Helen Morrison has profiled more than eighty serial killers around the world. What she has learned about them will shatter every assumption you've ever had about the most notorious killers known to man.Dr. Helen Morrison, a leading expert on serial killers, has spent as many as four hundred hours alone with depraved murderers. In My Life Among the Serial Killers, Dr. Morrison relates how she profiled Richard Otto Macek, who chewed on his victims' body parts, stalked Dr. Morrison, then believed she was his wife. She conducted the last interview with Ed Gein, the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. John Wayne Gacy, the clown-obsessed killer of young men, sent her crazed Christmas cards, and gave her his paintings as presents. Dr. Morrison has received letters from killers, read their diaries and journals, evaluated crime scenes, testified at their trials, and studied photos of the gruesome carnage. She has interviewed the families of the victims, and the spouses and parents of the killers.Through it all, Dr. Morrison's goal has been to discover the reasons why serial killers are compelled to murder, how they choose their victims, and what we can do to prevent their crimes in the future. Her provocative conclusions will stun you.Read by Helen Morrison

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  • Charlie Dixon

    Very interesting and enjoyable. Although I would have liked more depth on some of the interviewed, too brief on some and too long on some others. I think anyone would enjoy this read, its not gory, scary or offensive-- which may disapoint some readers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Melinda Johnson

    I've only sent 2 books back without finishing them and this was one. The author should never had made the decision to be the reader. I forced myself to listen to 3 CDs hoping it would get better, but it did not. There were parts that were good, like when she was interviewing the killers, but when she would get into the analysis portions, it was boring beyond words. That together with the monotony in her voice just irritated me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Jane

    This book was interesting to listen to. I enjoyed her discussion of the different serial killers she had interviewed over the years. If you are interested in case profiles of serial killers, this is a good book for you. Morrison talks about the histories of these killers as well as her own personal thoughts and theories as to why they kill. I have a background in Sociology so the terminology was fine for me. Overall, if you are interested in the inner workings of serial killers and don't mind gorey details, this book is for you!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    The author does a good job describing her life. But, her life's work is to find out what makes serial killers tick, and she doesn't show that she has accomplished much of anything towards that goal.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Matthew W

    The author makes everything about herself. She has spent hours and hours with some of the most notorious serial killers but provides hardly any detail. What the author did provide was details concerning her own life which I wasn't interested in.

  • Anonymous

    This author figures out a way to make everything about herself. When a crazed serial killer starts writing to her as if she is his wife, she muses that his wife was a brunette whereas she herself is blonde. Here's a more pithy explanation - the guy is crazy! When law enforcement allegedly patronizes her (after, she admits, hiring her), she muses that they were wondering what an attractive woman was doing there as a psychologist. About another serial killer, she writes that he was an attractive man with good "bone structure." With that said, she has a lot of experience working with serial killers, and the accounts remain interesting. Two stars.

  • Mary Olp

    This was so interesting. The narrator/author is wonderfully knowledgable. She discusses aspect of many serial killers spanning many centuries.

  • Audrey Aquino

    I learned a lot.....,,,,,,................,,,,,,,,,,,,,,.,,,,,

  • Anonymous

    This book was very interesting and compelling. I was drawn in to keep listening, however, I disagree completely and whole-heartedly with her final analysis of serial killers origins and predispositions. Therefore, though I found the stories fascinating, the author lost some credibility with me at the end of the book because it seemed to me that she is just so desperate to attach a meaning to her lifetime of research that she is forcing a "round" conclusion into a "square" peg, just to try to justify (to herself) her life's workings. I am no therapist, though I do analyze people for a living, and I too am a professional. I believe everyone does have a right to their opinions though and my opinion is just that, "MY" opinion and I choose to disagree with the conclusions of this author.

  • A to Z

    I couldn't get past the first CD. The author does the reading and I just couldn't make it past her presentation and the ego component. I wish it would have had a different reader and I would hung in there longer.