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"Fascinating." --Douglas Preston

John Douglas is. . .

"The FBI's pioneer and master of investigative profiling." –Patricia Cornwell

"At his best describing terrible crimes." –Houston Chronicle

"A real genius." –Entertainment Weekly

"At the top of his form." –James Patterson

It is mankind's most abominable crime: murder. No one is better acquainted with the subject and its wrenching challenges than John Douglas, the FBI's pioneer of criminal profiling, and the model for Agent Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs. In this provocative and deeply personal book, the most prominent criminal investigator of our time offers a rare look into the workings not only of the justice system--but of his own heart and mind. Writing with award-winning partner Mark Olshaker, Douglas opens up about his most notorious and baffling cases--and shows what it's like to confront evil in its most monstrous form.

"Douglas can claim a rare authenticity regarding the evil that men do." --Kirkus Reviews

"A fascinating and, at times, graphic tour of the criminal mind." --Library Journal

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A searing look at the real world of criminal justice 3 mars 2013
Par Jim Lovering - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
John Douglas and Mark Olshaker stand alone in the annals of crime writing. They convey a passion for justice and unique insight borne of real-world experience. In Law and Disorder, they use high-profile cases to illustrate the principles criminal justice should embody, and to show how public authorities too often fall short.

They begin with the Salem witch trials, an event far enough in the past so we all can recognize its absurdity. From there, they segue into a case where Douglas was misled for a time, and we begin to see the murky complexity of criminal investigations. Crime buffs know about the "Lipstick Killer" who scrawled a message on a victim's mirror, begging police to catch him. We were assured that he had been caught and convicted, but William Heirens steadfastly asserted his innocence when Douglas interviewed him in prison.

That was many years ago. Back then, Douglas reviewed the file, and the evidence looked good, but the case has always bothered him. Now he presents a fresh analysis in which he concludes that the police work was sloppy if not outright dishonest, and Heirens was almost certainly innocent. He spent many decades in prison for crimes he did not commit, until he died last year. It's too late to correct the injustice done to him, but it's never too late to get the truth on the record, because we can learn from it.

Much of Law and Disorder is about wrongful convictions, but the authors never lose sight of the anguish felt by crime victims and their families. They tell the harrowing story of Suzanne Collins, a promising young woman who was brutally murdered by someone who fought his execution for longer than Suzanne was alive. Suzanne's parents insisted on studying the autopsy report and photos. Douglas says this is not uncommon. In another case, where a little girl was beaten to death, her mother spent 45 minutes examining her child's battered body from head to toe. "She needed to take the suffering and pain onto herself and make it hers."

For Douglas, crime is up close and personal. He seethes when he describes the psychopaths who devastate entire families without a twinge of remorse. He understands why many oppose capital punishment, but he has no problem seeing the worst of the worst put to death.

He does have a problem - a big problem - with flawed investigations that convict innocent people and can lead to their execution. That is what happened to Cameron Todd Willingham, who died of lethal injection after being convicted of setting the house fire that killed his children. Experts now believe the fire was an accident, and they delivered a report in time to prevent the execution. The Texas governor's clemency board ignored it, and for Douglas, that was inexcusable.

Douglas investigated the unsolved murder of Jon Benet Ramsey, and he strongly believes her parents are innocent of the crime. He and Olshaker first laid out their arguments in The Cases that Haunt Us. The case has been a source of lasting frustration for Douglas. Many people still think the Ramseys are guilty, citing so-called evidence that cannot be refuted because it doesn't mean anything in the first place. In Law and Disorder, Douglas and Olshaker follow up on their earlier writing with a further attempt to explain what should have become obvious long ago. The Ramseys were never violent, and they did not suddenly take a wrecking ball to their own lives for no reason.

Douglas and Olshaker examine two other cases where the courts convicted innocent people who were ultimately released - the West Memphis Three, and Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito.

Douglas was deeply involved in the struggle to free the West Memphis Three. He tells an insider's tale that is riveting and unnerving. It shows the ease with which public authorities can turn a jury and an entire community against vulnerable people, without ever presenting any credible evidence.

The Knox-Sollecito case is one in which I became involved. I was delighted when Douglas agreed to review the evidence. I never doubted what his conclusion would be, and I'm honored to get a mention as the Friends of Amanda "Internet wizard." My main act of wizardry was to connect with a network of supporters who pooled their talent and did everything in their power to raise public awareness of the case and its glaring problems. They're an incredible bunch of people. Some are now advocating for other men and women who have been convicted of crimes they obviously did not commit. It turns out there are a lot of those cases. Most people just don't know about them.

Douglas notes that he has been called a publicity seeker, and that doesn't bother him. Nor should it. This is a guy with a wealth of experience in a field of importance to everyone. Criminal justice is the public's business. By taking an interest, and taking the time to become well informed, we the people can check the cynicism and complacency that run roughshod over innocent lives. It is our right to do so, and it serves our common interest. Law and Disorder is much more than a crime anthology. It shines a bright light on a problem that extends throughout the world. It will be the most important book many people read this year.
18 internautes sur 20 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A reminder that none of us are unconditionally presumed innocent until proven guilty. 27 février 2013
Par Douglas E. Sutton - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
An engrossing, well written, first hand experience based exposé of how easily criminal justice can and is, even in this day and age, manipulated to serve ulterior motives. Using the example of the 1690's Salem Witch Hunt, Douglas & Olshaker describe, with insider detail, recent cases in which justice was likewise miscarried. The horrific nature of the crimes turned my blood cold, but the subsequent miscarriages of justice made it boil. With equal acumen, the authors (1) convey the frustrations of delayed justice as well as the futility of the falsely accused to prove a negative - "I didn't do it;" and; (2) chronicle how unbiased investigations and evolving science could have prevented much of the injustice in their example cases.

While reading the book, three recurrent questions became - (1) "How can we pride ourselves in believing the infallibility of our justice system when such atrocities occur with immunity?"; (2) "How, with all our technology, information, and 'evolved thinking,' can beliefs trump science, fiction trump fact, and black & white trump shades of grey?"; and (3)"How can we, as a society, prevent prejudice, self- interest, and political ambition from continuing to pollute our justice system?" Thankfully the authors in their summation, offer some well thought out suggestions addressing these concerns, but begging the question, "Will it take us another 300 years before we rid ourselves of repeating the atrocity of the Salem Witch Hunt?"

Bottom line - an intelligently reasoned discourse on criminal justice, the death penalty, delayed justice, and our naive presumption that we are all presumed innocent until proven otherwise in a court of law. Required reading for any student of criminal justice or anyone concerned with humanity and a civilized society.
9 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Perception Becomes Reality 24 mars 2013
Par Thomas Mininger - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This book breaks from the authors' previous focus on hunting and analyzing violent criminals. Here they fight and analyze the system gone wrong.

To quote the dedicated FBI violent crimes investigator Steve Moore: "FACTS DETERMINE CONCLUSIONS -- The universal truism of investigation. The instant that one's conclusions determine or change the facts, you have corrupted the judicial system."

To quote Douglas: "There is also another phenomenon well known to those of us in law enforcement, medicine, and numerous other fields: The more you focus on something, the more of it you will find, if that's what you're looking for and want to find. It is like the first-year medical students who spontaneously develop symptoms of whatever disease they happen to be studying that week."

Douglas and Olshaker analyze high profile cases where the authorities started with conclusions, then pretzeled evidence and facts to fit these conclusions. From the Texas Board of Pardons, to the Boulder police and FBI, to the West Memphis Three prosecutors and judge, to the authorities in Perugia Italy, this book examines how a dispassionate pursuit of evidence was forsaken in favor of prejudice and politics. Hopefully we wonder how often this must be happening in not so high profile cases.

We've all seen the damage tunnel vision can do in our own respective professions. Close minded prosecutors and judges, acting with civil immunity, have a particularly nasty power to destroy innocent families and keep violent criminals out on the street.

Another focus of this book is capital punishment. The authors both criticize it and defend it as they spotlight various death penalty cases. It's a touchy subject.

This book has the authority of an insider, who was influential in many of the cases he describes here. The evolution of the support movement for the West Memphis Three was fascinating to me as I knew little about that angle of the case.

Although the authors made some practical suggestions about how to improve the system, I thought the book was lite in this area. But in a democracy it's up to all of us to oversee the justice system. We get whatever we deserve. I highly recommend this book.
12 internautes sur 14 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Compelling read about cases that mesmerized us... 7 mars 2013
Par Teresa A. Langley - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
John Douglas, one of the nation's foremost experts in criminal profiling, and his writing partner, Mark Olshaker, once again hit it out of the park with this new book, "Law and Disorder".

In this new book, Douglas and Olshaker delve into cases were the prosecution has gone horribly wrong ... and, in one case which leads into a discussion about the death penalty and innocent people being put to death, the case of a man who proclaimed his innocence until the day he was put to death - only to have DNA evidence prove his guilt later on.

This book is a thought-provoking look at the justice system from the eyes of someone who has fought the good fight in several infamous cases ... and who continues to fight for right even though he's retired from the FBI.
9 internautes sur 11 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Honest, Knowlegeable, And Expert 3 mars 2013
Par Crosslands - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Messrs. John Douglas and Mark Olshaker have written a very knowledgeable, honest, and well written account of the problems of American law enforcement. Mr. Douglas is one of the top criminal profilers in the world. He was one of the founders of the profiling technique and science of identifying criminals from their behavior. Mr. Douglas relates his information from years of experience and research.

In this book Mr. Douglas in major part examines the problem of wrongful criminal convictions. That this is a major problem should be apparent to all informer, rational Americans. An adequate and competent search of the Internet should reveal to any person interested numerous other wrongful convictions.

Mr. Douglas in particular examines the wrongful convictions of the Memphis Three ( Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley) for the murder of three young boys in West Memphis, Tennessee in 1993 and those of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the robbery and murder of Meredith Kircher in Perugia, Italy in 2007. In both these cases the police used faulty inferences to deem the defendants guilty before really beginning to gather evidence. From then on it was a case of tunnel vision in which the prosecutors only sought and used whatever strands of evidence they could find to justify their misconceptions. These injustices were aided and abetted by biased judges who limited the evidence the lawyers for the defense were able to provide and made irrational decisions.

All of the wrongfully charged defendants in the two cases above have been released. However there are many wrongfully convicted defendants still in prison. These include Kirstin Blaise Lobato in Nevada, Ryan Ferguson in Missouri, Ryan Holle in Florida, Jamie Snow from Bloomington Illinois, Debra Milke in Arizona, Darlene Routier in Texas, Christy Phillips from Realto, California, and Schapelle Corby in Bali, Indonesia. These cases should inspire stern and vigorous action by informed decent people.

A major problem in America is that way too often the appellate courts, even after the prosecution's case has demonstrated to be without merit due to new evidence, blithely rubber stamp the original conviction. Thus these appellate judges in a demented trance continue the tunnel vision of the original investigators. A case in point is the upholding of Ryan Ferguson's conviction in Missouri by Judge Daniel Green in spite of the recantations of the two witnesses against Mr. Ferguson and the absence of any physical evidence or motive linking Mr. Ferguson to the crime. Another problem is cowardly politicians holding the position of State Governor refuse to use their pardoning power to correct grave injustices, instead deferring to deficient judicial systems.

Yet Mr. Douglas believes in some cases the permanent death penalty is appropriate, that is when there is overwhelming evidence pointing to one defendant as the perpetrator of a gastly and vicious crime. Mr. Douglas describes such a case as that of Sedley Alley who brutally murdered Suzanne Collins in Tennessee. Mr. Douglas thoughtfully provides some suggested reforms that would help insure the death and other major penalties are only given to the truly guilty. These reforms should definitely be looked into by all responsible parties.

Again this book is a very well written page turner narrated by an author with a wealth of expertise, knowledge, and experience that should be read by all Americans.
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