The Cases That Haunt Us

If this audiobook was paper, I would have thrown it across the room.

I made a mistake when first listening to this, in that I did so passively. I used it as background for a few nightly walks of the dog. And as a result, I found myself really disappointed. I was actually annoyed that John Douglas, the rebel who helped revolutionize investigation by creating criminal profiling, was pushing the official story on everything. Lizzie Borden was guilty. Richard Hauptmann was guilty. Arthur Lee Allen was the Zodiac. But in reality, what I had failed to do was to actually listen to the arguments that he was making. This isn’t crime fiction, the motives and evidence of real murder can be both subtle and also very obvious. So, I started over and listened more closely, and in doing so I found a very different book—one had my mind churning over complexities.

Mindhunter Season 2

John Douglas & Mark Olshaker’s book Mindhunter, was a big book for me. It was the first thing about true crime that seemed to mirror my interest in the genre. I didn’t read those kind of books to be shocked or thrilled, nor did I read them to shock others; I read them because I wanted to understand where the line was and why some people cross it. I wanted the psychology and psychopathy. I wanted the puzzle.