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41. Mindhunter : Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit
by John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker
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Catlog: Book (1996-08-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.03 out of 5 stars
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During his twenty-five year career with the Investigative Support Unit, SpecialAgent John Douglas became a legendary figure in law enforcement, pursuing some of the most notorious andsadistic serial killers of our time: the man who hunted prostitutes for sport in the woods of Alaska, theAtlanta child murderer, and Seattle's Green River killer, the case that nearly cost Douglas his life.

As the model for Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs, Douglas hasconfronted, interviewed, and studied scores of serial killers and assassins, including Charles Manson,Ted Bundy, and Ed Gein, who dressed himself in his victims' peeled skin. Using his uncanny ability tobecome both predator and prey, Douglas examines each crime scene, reliving both the killer's and the victim'sactions in his mind, creating their profiles, describing their habits, and predicting their next moves.

Now, in chilling detail, the legendary Mindhunter takes us behind the scenes ofsome of his most gruesome, fascinating, and challenging cases -- and into the darkest recesses of ourworst nightmares. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Biographic story of John Douglas and the Serial Crime unit
REFERENCED BY CANDICE DELONG'S RECENT BEST SELLER:
I read this book because of a reference in the book by Candice DeLong called: "Special Agent : My Life on the Front Lines As a Woman in the FBI". In Ms. Delong's book she made many references to work that John Douglas' group did and cited this book many times. This book gave me further insight into how the Serial Crime unit evolved.

ONE THING THE BOOK DIDN'T DO, WAS EXPLAIN HOW THEY CAME UP WITH A PROFILE:
Many cased were cited in this book and the profiles that were tied to them. However, still after reading this book, I did not come away with an understanding on how they established that the potential culprit was early 20's, did not know the victim, drove a VW beetle (this can't be too great for sales), lived with his Mom and used to be a bed wetter. I can hypothesize, how this was derived, but the book only gives you that much. I imagine many hours of correlating details of solved crimes helps provide the statistical information, they use. This data I'm sure is also closely guarded. One thing they did state was some serial killers were quite bright and no doubt this date could be used as a blueprint to hide your identity. Thus, the need not to publish it. Ironically too many serial killers, were police buffs. All the more reason, not to share it here as well.

JOHN DOUGLAS COVERS MANY HIGH PROFILE CASES IN THIS BOOK BUT, IT IS MORE A BOOK ABOUT HOW THE THE SERIAL CRIME UNIT AND HOW THEY LEARNED SOME OF THE TECHNIQUES THEY USED.
Ironically, common sense prevails. Why not ask some of the perpetrators now that have nothing to lose and a lot of time on their hands. The unit begins interviews with some of the more nototious killers to see what their thoughts were when they committed the crimes they did. As predicted some offenders were less than candid, but even in their lies some insight was gained.

THE LOGIC AND STRUCTURE OF MANY SOLVED INVESTIGATIONS WAS DETAILED. Here you can see where involving this unit may be able to save precious time. From evidence gathering, questioning and staking out various locations associated with the crimes. There is a pattern we all follow. As humans, we are all creatures of habit and compulsion. Those of us driven to crime and horrible acts of violence even more so. John Douglas discusses this in many situations they dealt with.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A BOOK THAT:
Covers many high profile cases in broad strokes and deals with the logic behind profiling, while also
showing the people and the process involved in building a department devoted to this, this is the book for you.

BUT, IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR
Detail case specifics and how all that profiles are generated, this is not it.

JOHN DOUGLAS DOES A NICE JOB WRAPPING UP THE DETAILS OF HIS LONG CAREER AND A PART OF IT HE FEEL PASSIONATE ABOUT. We should all be so lucky to have an opportunity to shape the world around us as he has. He has paid the price with health and family issues, but the outcome, I'm sure he would never change. Bravo.

3-0 out of 5 stars The Amazing Douglas!
This is the first of Douglas' books I've read. After having read Robert Ressler's 2 books, I found this to be more of the same serial killer profiles, with a different spin on the same cases that Ressler reviews in his books. "Mind Hunter" has more of Douglas' personal & professional journey woven into his case studies. It's somewhat boastful of his accomplishments, and, at times, self congratulatory, but still very interesting. The book achieves a good level of insightfulness into the minds and psychopathology of the serial killers profiled. The disappointment lies, however, in that Douglas casually glosses over exactly how his profiles are derived and constructed from the particular facts of each case. Little to no analytic methodology is presented. (I mean, it's not as if readers are gonna run out and take his job away from him if he reveals too many tricks of his trade). In fact, Douglas presents his ability to profile as if he's a magical psychic, pulling personality theories out of his hat. Low and behold! - once the investigations are complete, he ends up with an accurate profile, and people are amazed by him! Nonetheless, it's an enjoyable and very interesting book. If you're intersted in criminal profiling, it's worth a read, but it's not as in-depth as say, Michaud and Hazelwood's "The Evil that Men Do".

5-0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT
If your a true crime buff, buy it. If you've already read his book Obsession, don't....a lot of the same stories and material.

5-0 out of 5 stars Discriminating readers
What many reviewers of John Douglas and Mark Olshaker's book seemed to have overlooked is the tie-in between the biographical information and the profiling techniques John helped to develop. The story of John's mother inquiring into his sex life leads directly to his 'everybody has a rock' theory. The story of betting on raindrops clearly shows why criminals continue to commit crimes: because they can.

John's other biographical stories help illustrate how diffcult life inside the FBI can be. The list of victims in a murder isn't limited to the one murdered; they include the family, neighbors, friends, investigators working a case and Federal law enforcement officers and their families. Anyone considering a career in law enforcement or with the Bureau, should take this into consideration before signing on.

In the context of writing, there are two ways to tell a story; telling vs showing. Mark and John chose to write this book by showing the reader how profiles are constructed. No, you won't find a step-by-step instruction manual within these pages, but you will find the method fully illustrated. An example is the Trailside Killer profile. Carpenter approached his victims in isolated areas and used a blitz attack from the rear to disable them. John Douglas wondered why and took the reader through the steps; the killer didn't attempt to lure or trick his victims as had Bundy. Instead, the killer felt the need to take the victims by surprise even in isolated areas of Tamalpais Park. This told John the killer felt awkward, possibly had a handicap. A physical impairment or disfigurement would have been noticed by others in the park at the time of the murders. That left a speech impediment. The rest of the reasoning behind the profile is detailed quite clearly.

John's methods aren't magic but a result of years of studying human nature, a creative way of thinking about a problem and a background based on intensive interviews with hundreds of convicted killers.

Ego plays a large part in the life of any law enforcement officer. Had John Douglas or Robert Ressler, or Roy Hazelwood spoken to police departments in an unsure manner, would any of those agencies have paid attention? That confidence carries over into real life and to the written word.

For those seeking an inside look at the FBI, there are other books available. Mindhunter, however, is the story of the FBI's first profilers (All of them, not just Douglas) and a look at the Behavioral Science Unit.

Mindhunter, along with John's other books co-authored with Mark Olshaker, show the impact of murder on those closest to the crimes --the families and loved ones. John Douglas' caring for the surviving victims shines from every page in which he talks about that impact, the friendships formed through tragedy, the advocacy of victim's rights and his push to have VICAP become mandatory.

If I could give a higher rating, I would rate Mindhunter a 10.

5-0 out of 5 stars Profiles in Courage
John Douglas is a retired FBI agent who, along with collegues Rob Ressler and several others, developed a new strategy to catch some of America's (and the world's) most deplorable but elusive killers: Profiling. This new behavioral science took a look at a crime scene and the victim her/himself and after piecing these clues along with the clues left at similar murder sites, detectives were able to come up with a "profile" of the perpetrator of the crime. How? Because Douglas and others had gone to the heart of the matter: the criminals themselves. By interviewing them in prison, they were able to see why they killed, what drove them to it, their preferences, backgrounds, and fantasies. Often, the profiles were so eerily accurate that it seemed like witchcraft. Eventually, it was embraced by law enforcement and came to be a most invaluable tool for which all of us in society should be grateful for.
John Douglas describes his beginnings and his own story is as interesting as that of the sick men he later profiles for the reader. There are many insider-anecdotes for us to live vicariously through and plenty of bone-chilling (but not overly-sensationalistic) details of horrific crimes to keep us awake at night.
Luckily, a lot of these guys are locked up for life and some have even kept their dates with death (like America's most charming serial killer, Ted Bundy, who was fried on the electric chair after years of appeals and dozens of murders). But it's not that there aren't still antisocial personalities out there, waiting to explode; the apparent decline in such crime I think is due to men like Douglas, who have made studying these men his cause so that he can stay one step ahead of them. Also, Douglas and his contemporaries worked tirelessly for victim's rights and have made it possible to track cases all over the country via computer so that people can never get away with running away accross the country--to kill anew--ever again. (Bundy did just that, and because things like VICAP were not instituted yet, he went from Washington to Florida and killed more women in the southern state where no one had heard of the vicious killer.)
This book is not for the weak- it will scare you. But it is also an empowering way to look into the minds of the men (it's mostly men who turn into mass killers) who committed the crimes and become aware. I feel I learned how to "defend" myself at least psychologically.
And I consider John Douglas a real hero. ... Read more


42. Risk Management for Security Professionals
by Carl Roper
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This book describes the risk management methodology as a specific process, a theory, or a procedure for determining your assets, vulnerabilities, and threats and how security professionals can protect them.
Risk Management for Security Professionals is a practical handbook for security managers who need to learn risk management skills. It goes beyond the physical security realm to encompass all risks to which a company may be exposed. Risk Management as presented in this book has several goals:
Provides standardized common approach to risk management through a framework that effectively links security strategies and related costs to realistic threat assessment and risk levels
Offers flexible yet structured framework that can be applied to the risk assessment and decision support process in support of your business or organization
Increases awareness in terms of potential loss impacts, threats and vulnerabilities to organizational assets
Ensures that various security recommendations are based on an integrated assessment of loss impacts, threats, vulnerabilities and resource constraints


Risk management is essentially a process methodology that will provide a cost-benefit payback factor to senior management.

Provides a stand-alone guide to the risk management process

Helps security professionals learn the risk countermeasures and their pros and cons

Addresses a systematic approach to logical decision-making about the allocation of scarce security resources
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43. FBI Careers: The Ultimate Guide to Landing a Job As One of Americas Finest
by Thomas Ackerman
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5-0 out of 5 stars The FBI website doesn't even come close!
If you visit the FBI website you'll find only basic and carefully screened information. No surprise there. Although the internet and Ackerman's book both list requirements for the special agent position and other jobs (even though Ackerman's book has more), this is where the similarities end. For example, the FBI will never suggest ways to best describe your educational achievements, employment history, volunteer work, accomplishments, or other aspects of your background on the FD-140 application form or in KSA statements. Ackerman does, and if you've applied for an FBI job you know this can make or break your application because it's the first step in the screening process. The FBI also doesn't tell you how to prepare for and respond to specific types of questions you'll be asked during the structured interview. No surprise there, either. I can tell you from firsthand experience that Ackerman's characterization of the interviewing process is right on the money, and the same can be said for his guidance on the written exams. His description of the background investigation process, including the areas of emphasis that detrmine whether a security clearance is granted, is another example (of many) that you will not find on the FBI website. If basic and carefully screened information is all you need, stick with the internet and you'll be fine. If you want more than public relations material, this book is for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST for anyone considering a career with the FBI
This book has been an EXCELLENT resource as I progress through the FBI hiring process. Having read the book beforehand, I knew the answers to 90% of the questions that candidates asked while attending Phase I testing at the local field office.

Here's what I like about this book:

-It provides details for both special agent and professional support positions. It covers the hiring process in detail, tips and strategies to maximize your chances, 10 pages of salary and benefits information, an overview of the training process, and information on sub-specialties in each area.

-The book is well-organized, so I can use it as a handy reference to get answers to my questions quickly and easily as they arise, because you will never remember it all on the first read.

-The Special Agent Application and Selection Process flowchart demystifies this confusing and complicated process.

-In contrast to earlier reviews, I think the copies of the application forms in the appendices do serve a purpose in that they give potential applicants a sense of the time and effort that is required to complete the application process. You will need commitment!!

What I hope to see in the next edition:

-More information about testing that occurs between Phase I and Phase II for some candidates who possess "critical skills," such as foreign language skills.

-A list of places to look, both online and offline, for more information.

In short, I enthusiastically recommend Special Agent Ackerman's book. It is a rich source of data for people who are simply curious about whether or not the FBI is right for them, as well as for those who are actively passing through the hiring process.

-Justin L., Phoenix, AZ

5-0 out of 5 stars FBI application should question: Have you read this book?
Definitely more than what can be found on the net. Great way to prepare for FBI careers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal book
I cannot imagine attempting to land a job with the FBI without reading Ackerman's phenomenal book first. Even though I thought I knew what to expect and how things worked, it turns out I was completely in the dark. Not any more.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best out there, bar none.
The material in this book is highly informative, right to the point, and the advice is very helpful. It provides comprehensive all-encompassing coverage of the application phases from the initial application up to and including the background investigation and security clearance interview. Careers with the FBI also are covered extensively, including the qualifications, training, and assignments. Bottom line, if you are truly committed to a career with the FBI, this is the book that will get you there. It is absolutely the best book on the subject. ... Read more


44. The Military and Police Sniper: Advanced Precision Shooting for Combat and Law Enforcement
by Mike R. Lau
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Intended for police SWAT teams and military snipers, the book contains considerable material suitable for hunting and precision target shooting. The manusript starts with extensive reviews of the Marine Corps M40A1 and the Army's M24 rifle programs. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Military and Police Sniper
I would reccomend this for the learning sniper.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on this subject
If you are a person who has an interest in Military and Police sniping you must read this book. Together with the book written by Major John L. Plaster 'The Ultimate Sniper'this book offers a good insight in how things work and how things are done to function as a sniper. A lot of practical tips are added in this book. As you go through the book you understand how much the author 'Michael Lau' knows about the subject and how much experience he has in the subject. ... Read more


45. Criminal Investigation
by BruceBerg, John J Horgan
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This new edition of Criminal Investigation presents the basic principles of criminal investigation, includingcurrent investigative procedures used in the handling of crime scenes, interviewing and interrogating suspects and witnesses, gathering and preserving evidence, conductingsurveillance, writing reports, establishing modus operandi, and using technical resources. It also covers the prevention and suppression of crimes and the apprehension of criminals. Written in a practical, down-to-earth style, it gives special attention to helping students understand the legal aspects of collecting and processing evidence to ensure that their work stands up in court. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Book
Bruce Berg does it again. Another exceptional book that anyone interested in the subject must have. This book features many design characteristics that make it easy and even fun to read. No matter what book you currently count on for Criminal Investigation, if you don't have this text in your library, you are lacking the finest text on the subject. ... Read more


46. Into the Kill Zone : A Cop's Eye View of Deadly Force
by DavidKlinger
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Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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What's it like to have the legal sanction to shoot and kill? This compelling and often startling book answers this, and many other questions about the oft-times violent world inhabited by our nation's police officers. Written by a cop-turned university professor who interviewed scores of officers who have shot people in the course of their duties, Into the Kill Zone presents firsthand accounts of the role that deadly force plays in American police work. This brilliantly written book tells how novice officers are trained to think about and use the power they have over life and death, explains how cops live with the awesome responsibility that comes from the barrels of their guns, reports how officers often hold their fire when they clearly could have shot, presents hair-raising accounts of what it's like to be involved in shoot-outs, and details how shooting someone affects officers who pull the trigger. From academy training to post-shooting reactions, this book tells the compelling story of the role that extreme violence plays in the lives of America's cops. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A must read.......
Into The Kill Zone was a wonderfully, powerfully written account of Police Officers experiences before, during and after the application of deadly force use. I spent 2 years as a Marine in Viet Nam. I spent my entire career as a firefighter and got to know and respect many police officers over my 29 years in public service. I wish I had the opportunity to read this years ago so I could have better understood what my Police Officer friends were and, most likely, still are experiencing in the wake of events like Dave writes about in his book. Trust me, this is a must read book. Thank you Dave Klinger.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exploring Police Use of Force
As a former corrections officer, and assistant professor who teaches Criminal Justice classes, I strongly recommend this book for those persons interested in the police and police-citizen interactions. Klinger uses interviews with 80 officers who have used deadly force -- and the results from these interviews shed considerable insight into the officer's split second decision-making -- in their own words. This book is very well written, and gives the reader considerable insight into perceptions of officers who have been involved in shootings - before, during and after the event.

More than an academic work, this book will be of interest to persons interested in the police, police-citizen encounters, and the complex psychological factors that occur when police use deadly force.

Highly recommended -- this is the type of book that you won't be able to put down.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good book, but could use more in-depth research
Pretty good book if you want to get a sense of what a cop goes through during tense situations. It's bascially a collection of stories by other police officers. Some goes into some gruesome details of shootings and wounds. Some fascinating information on what happens during shootings, like getting tunnel vision during shootings, or starts seeing events in slow motion. But what is lacking is the science of it. He tells you what happens but doesn't explain WHY it happens. It seems that some research to explain the physiological human reactions and behavior during these situations would be enlightening.

But definitely worth the purchase. And I would do it just to support a former cop.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must read for police officers or candidates.
This book gives an extremely rare look inside the world of police shootings. It is an eye opener for anyone thinking of becoming a police officer and a survival refresher for current officers. I was amazed by the chapter on holding fire. It is a testament to the professionalism of our law enforcent officers. It was startling to hear how many times officers had the justification for pulling the trigger, yet chose not to. Absolutely incredible.

5-0 out of 5 stars David Kilinger's Written a Master Piece
Being a cop in centralWashington State I was involved in a shooting last October. The experinces I had during the shooting seemed almost sureal due to exposure to extreme acute stress. Klingers book affirmed for me that I was not alone. The accounts from other cops involved in shootings gave me a sense of relief. This was theraputic. This book is a must read for every cop and their family members, if they've been in a shooting or not.

One of my field training officers once told me that police work is "hours of boredom spiked by seconds of absolute terror." Into the Kill Zone goes to the heart of the terror. The book also offers hope to those that have been involved in shooting. Every cop, including myself, that went into the kill zone has gone on to realize what is really important in life. Family, friends, God and life.

I implore everyone, cop or not, to read this book. It will give everyone an appreciation for those that serve in a profession that is life threatening everyday we put on a uniform. ... Read more


47. Practical Homicide Investigation: Checklist and Field Guide
by Vernon J. Geberth
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Catlog: Book (1996-11-01)
Publisher: CRC Press
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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This practical "how-to" guide contains many of the checklists from Practical Homicide Investigation, Third Edition that lead you step-by-step through procedures, tactics, and forensic techniques used in sudden death and violent death investigations. Using these checklists will ensure that a proper and complete investigation is undertaken at the death scene. Many times, officers in the field come across evidence that they don't know how to collect properly. This versatile field guide contains an important appendix that provides collection of evidence procedures for field personnel, indicating specific types of evidence and how to collect it.With the help of this book, no matter when you come into an investigation you are on-line and ready to go. Indexed by type of crime for quick and easy reference, this guide is a must-have for anyone responding to a death investigation. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Practical Homicide Investigation Checklist and field guide.
I recommend this book to anyone who needs all their information at their fingertips. A handy pocket type book with laminated pages that you can use over and over again. ... Read more


48. Forecasting Terrorism: Indicators And Proven Analytic Techniques
by SUNDRI KHALSA, Martin Gordon
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49. Norman Hall's Police Exam Preparation Book (Norman Hall's Police Exam Preparation Book)
by Norman Hall
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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If you are planning to join the hundreds of thousands of applicants who take the police officer exam each year, you need to score high. In this updated and revised edition of his #1 police exam book, Norman Hall guarantees that you’ll score between 80% and 100% on the exam—or your money back! With Norman Hall’s Police Exam Prep Book, you’ll have everything you need to ace the test, including:

·7 practice tests
·3 full-length police officer exams
·Answer keys and self-scoring tables

·Pointers on avoiding common trouble spots
·Tips for meeting the physical requirements
·Plus: the most up-to-date test-taking strategies

Still worried that you might miss a vital test or question? Relax! Norman Hall’s Police Exam Prep Book includes new test questions and sketch art, and gives you complete coverage of all test subject areas:

·Basic mathematics
·Directional orientation
·Grammar, vocabulary, and spelling
·Memory
·Reading comprehension
·Report writing
·Situational judgment and reasoning

With the help of Norman Hall’s Police Exam Prep Book, you’ll be able to score high and achieve your dream of becoming a law-enforcement official! ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good book among many choices.
Norman Hall's Police Exam Prep Book gives you a good idea of what to expect with many police exams. I found "Barron's Police Officer Exam" book to have a slight edge, because it's more up to date and better organized. I also like "Guide to Careers in Federal Law Enforcement" and "FBI Careers," both by Thomas H. Ackerman, as prep guides for careers in federal law enforcement. Although all of the books mentioned above are excellent, my choice is Barron's for cop jobs and Ackerman for the feds.

5-0 out of 5 stars 98% + 5% (Military points) = 103%
The author gives a great knock down on the material and basics of civil service testing for police officer. However, there are several tests out there that ask personality type questions. The book will not be of much help to one in this area. Answer the questions honestly and keep your integrity intact. If you don't pass, hold your chin up and go on to the next test. Chances are that the police department that uses the personality type civil service exam, need flexibility in choosing the right individuals for their department. Yes, the good old boy system is still alive and kicking. Don't feel blue. It is no reflection of one's intelligence or how well you test. Recently, I took a text-book, civil service exam. With the use of this book, I was able to score very high. If you are looking to pass the Police Officer Civil Service Exam, I highly recommend this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Cetainly Worth the Money
I found this book to be a good way to prepare for the civil service test I took. It prepared me for all the questions I may encounter except for a small portion. I did, however, as I was doing the practice exams, find mistakes in the answer key. This occured only on one or two questions, but was certainly misleading. Otherwise, this is a very good preparation book. I received a raw score of 86.7 and with college credit I will have a 95. If I take the test again, I will try another preparation book.

5-0 out of 5 stars No More Struggling on the Police Exam
I struggled on numerous written police exams not making it to the next step in the hiring process. After reading every chapter, studying the problems and taking the two practice exams in "Norman Hall's Police Exam Preparation Book" I scored an 83% on the test. This book is a must if You are serious about becoming a police officer and are struggling with the written test portion in the hiring process. I felt relaxed and confident because the test seemed so much easier after Norm Hall prepared me for the hardest of questions and overall a higher caliber test then it actually turn out to be. I highly recommend this book to anyone trying to pass the written exam or just boost their score. Good luck. ... Read more


50. The Juvenile Justice System: Delinquency, Processing, and the Law, Fourth Edition
by Dean John Champion
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This book provides a complete, up-to-date, in-depth overview of all phases of the contemporary juvenile justice system from a legalistic perspective. KEY TOPICS It examines the nature of delinquency, classifications of juvenile offenders, alternative explanations for juvenile misconduct, juvenile courts and juvenile rights, and corrections.For juvenile probation/parole officers and practitioners, and juvenile courts personnel. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Dry, yet informative.
This book is one of the more wordy books I have ever read. The text is very dry yet informative. If you suffer from insomnia, this is one cure, I know it was for me. In all seriousness, this is a relatively good book, though I feel the newer version is a lot better. ... Read more


51. Procedures in the Justice System, Seventh Edition
by Gilbert B. Stuckey, Cliff Roberson, Harvey Wallace
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Providing readers with a thorough understanding of our justice system, this popular book explains the duties and responsibilities of the law enforcement agencies, courts, and correctional departments from the time of arrest through the sentencing of the criminal offender. Avoiding confusing legalese, it addresses why we have laws and why those laws are broken, the constitutional rights of an accused, and the underlying philosophy of correctional endeavors. The book gives readers a thorough understanding of our justice system and of the role each member must play to achieve, through teamwork, law and order for all. KEY TOPICS Chapter topics cover historical development of law and justice system; search and seizure; the arrest; initial appearance; pretrial proceedings; time and place of trial; the trial; confrontation and assistance of counsel; pretrial motions, hearings, and plea negotiations; the trial: roles of major participants; the jury; trial procedure; instructions and deliberation of the jury; the verdict and appeals; sentencing; collateral proceedings; and victims' rights.For individuals interested in our justice system, particularly those considering a career in the police force or office of corrections. ... Read more


52. Between Good and Evil : A Master Profiler's Hunt for Society's Most Violent Predators
by Roger L. Depue, Susan Schindehette
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The FBI's former top serial-killer hunter shares his unique perspective as both a lawman and a member of the clergy counseling convicts--revealing the dangerously thin line between good and evil.

Roger L. Depue spent decades tracking down America's most depraved criminals. First as a small town police chief, then as a S.W.A.T. team member, and ultimately as head of the FBI's famed Behavioral Sciences Unit--the unit responsible for profiling and hunting serial killers--where he pioneered revolutionary law enforcement programs and techniques that remain in use today by the FBI and police departments across the globe. In his quest to comprehend the true nature of good and evil, Depue embarked on a mid-career spiritual sabbatical to become a Brother of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles, counseling maximum security inmates. With his combined experiences as both a law enforcement professional and a member of the clergy, Depue explores the criminal mind and soul as no one has ever done before. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating......
What an excellent book.Besides what has already been said, it is extremely well written and not self-indulgent in the least.It is easily as good as John Douglas's books and maybe better, from a different standpoint.It's more autobiographical, as opposed to a case by case study. For those of us who enjoy this subject, you won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars outstanding, excellent, powerful
A gripping autobiography of a former FBI profiler's experience and cases that are sometimes too much for the evening news. He explores the concept of evil and its existance in some of the worst humans who committed unthinkable crimes. I just couldn't put it down, it was an easy and motivating read. We should be thankful for the men and women like roger depue who hunt the hunters and bring justice to grieving families like ones found throughout the book. A must read!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE A PROFILER????
TV and film have romanticized the men who are able to profile serial killers.Men who are able to get inside the heads of these criminals and know their motivations and use those to track and eventually capture them.But what is the emotional toll for dealing the the day-to-day horror of this job?It's hardly glamorous.They've seen things and more importantly, have to solve things that would drive the average person to flee in stark terror.Roger Depue wasn't just a profiler, he was one of the profilers of the science.He is the one who helped write the book on the science of tracking these people down.

His accounts are exciting, horrifying, fulfilling, and deeply depressing.This was work so overwhelming that DePue actually left the world behind for a few years and joined a seminary.I was deeply moved and deeply horrified by the book.This is the true to life tragedies that TV and film never take you to.The real thing.Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exellent Insight
This book gives incredible insight to anyone who reads it. It doesn't matter if it's leisure reading on an interesting topic or someone looking to gain knowledge for a possible future career in this field. DePue lends his expertise and countless years of experience to write a very informative and heartbreaking book. There are many people who attempted to enter into profiling and couldn't stick with it. Witnessing chilren being murdered brutally and raped savagely and the same crimes acted out onadults. How many people can honestly do that and not become psychologically affected eventually? He joined the seminary to relieve the years of demented cases he had to work. I have to applaud him for doing something that most people could never think about doing but has to be done. He has saved many lives and when that couldn't be done, he at least gave peace to many families who had family members taken from them. This book is inspiring and deserves two thumbs up! I highly recommend it!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Law Enforcement at its Best
This narrative is primarily an autobiography.It is interesting reading because the author had an impressive career in law enforcement and the criminal justice system beginning as a policeman in a small Michigan town.Among his significant accomplishments were his contributions to the profiling of criminals.This activity started while he was with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Chief of the Behavioral Science Unit.By examining the evidence at a crime scene investigators were able to establish a profile of the criminal and thus narrow down the search.

In the depiction of some of the horrible crime scenes witnessed by the author, not a great deal was left to the imagination.

After the death of his wife, he entered a Catholic seminary and became concerned with looking at crime from the criminal side in order to determine what went wrong with the individual.It is his belief that some criminals are just evil.However, he believes there are some who made one wrong turn in life.Except for that one occurrence they may not have entered into the world of crime.

Two of the more notable cases discussed in the book were that of Jon Benet Ramsey and the case of Ted Bundy.
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53. Policing America: Methods, Issues, Challenges (4th Edition)
by Kenneth J. Peak
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Designed to put readers “inside” the police officer's uniform, this personally-involving, comprehensive, and timely introduction to police work provides a “real-world” flavor not found in most policing books. Written in an exceptionally reader-friendly open and frank style, it blends the real and the ideal—reflecting the author's more than 30 years' experience as a police administrator and academic. Features boxed articles from Law Enforcement News, and “Practitioner's Perspectives” with short essays written by selected individuals who have expertise in particular areas of policing.Policing Levels, Roles, and Functions. Police Subculture: The Making of a Cop. Organization and Administration. On Patrol: Personnel, Methods, Functions. Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving. Criminal Investigation. Extraordinary Problems and Methods. Police and the Rule of Law. Accountability: Ethics, Force and Corruption, Discipline. Civil Liability. Issues and Trends. Comparative Perspectives. Technology Review. Challenges of the Future.For those involved/interested in General Policing, Community Policing, and Policing Issues. ... Read more


54. 9-11
by Noam Chomsky
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Noam Chomsky comments on terrorism, U.S. foreign policy, Osama bin Laden, and the long-term implications of America’s military response. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Still more valuable than talking heads
This book collects interview and discussions with Chomsky shortly after the September 11th attacks. For those who want something a bit more enlightening, Chomsky puts forth bold assertions that many people wouldn't be willing to even consider in the wake of the attacks. One of his main assertions throughout is that if the US wants to really fight terrorism, we should stop participating in it. He cites specific, uncontroversial examples such as Nicaragua and the Contras, or Turkey, where massive US aid (by Bubba) helped the government do to the Kurds what we bombed Milosevic for when he tried it with Albanians.

I don't agree that Chomsky is insensitive to the victims of 9/11 in this book. I believe that his attitude is similar to many others': that such an event, while shocking, is not entirely surprising, especially to anyone who's been paying attention to the world in the last decade. Of course, he condemns the actions. He does not rant that American lives are paramount in the face of other atrocities, which may not make his critics happy, but he also regularly acknowledges that, in our society, we simply do not ask certain questions.

Therefore, it's disconcerting to some that Chomsky is able to discuss the matters of 9/11, terrorism, and the USA's global presence with what sounds like an almost arrogant detachment. Unlike the countless pundits on TV though, Chomsky rarely generalizes and cites sources for his facts. He may skew them how he likes, but he rarely makes up whoppers to prove a point, a favorite element of television debate.

Chomsky has been vocal about America's foreign policy for decades, and it's entirely reasonable to suggest that his tone is now relentlessly radical left with an evil eye for capitalism. However, I still believe reading Chomsky is a heck of a lot more valuable for the average reader and more enlightening than hours of CNN, Fox, or the wrapped-in-the-flag latest book from a TV 'pundit'.

It's funny, whenever a corporate media pundit mentions Chomsky, it's usually to rip him as 'anti-American', yet the points he actually makes are rarely refuted. Just calling him an 'intellectual' (he does not consider himself such) or an 'academic' is enough to discredit him in the eyes of those who see intellectuals and anyone critical of America as evil incarnate and in league with terrorists. Since he often cites specific facts though at times selectively, and he jettisons bombast in favor of serious consideration, he is the complete antithesis of loudmouth talking heads. Chomsky's arguments are certainly not airtight, but his presentation of facts, his acknowledgement of the de facto state of opinion, debate, and education in America, and his straightforward tone (he is very lucid in his speech and writing) make this a very compelling and important read.

2-0 out of 5 stars Flawed and irritating.
In this series of interviews conducted by fawning journalists, Chomsky does the following things: (1) lambaste the US incessantly for past military interventions, (2) analyze the causes of the attacks of 9/11 and (3) suggest that the US seek justice by proper, legal means instead of by military action.

(1) doesn't really need to be discussed here; that can be discussed in reviews about his other books. Suffice it to say that Chomsky claims that US foreign policy is completely driven by corporate interests (weapons manufacturers, oil companies, etc) who influence the federal government to commit atrocities and prop up tyrants in foreign countries.

Regarding (2), Chomsky notes that Osama bin Laden has communicated to us via his camcorder that he wants the US completely out of the Middle East. Bin Laden wants the US to remove its troops from Saudi Arabia and stop supplying aid to the "not properly Islamic" government of Saudi Arabia, Israel, and other nations. Chomsky correctly mentions that these demands are religiously motivated; however, this point is easily lost when Chomsky rips the US for its military campaigns in Third World countries, leading one to believe that the attacks of 9/11 were a desperate act of retaliation by members of an oppressed nation. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth: bin Laden's suicide pilots were all well-to-do Saudis. The attacks were motivated by a fundamemtalist and militant strain of Islam, not by poverty and oppression.

Point (3) is completely off base. Chomsky suggests that the US seek to find and apprehend the perpetrators and sponsors of the attacks by proper, legal means (under the aegis of the UN). Chomsky tries to draw an analogy with the activities of the IRA, noting that the UK doesn't drop bombs on Boston when the Irish Republican Army attacks. However, this analogy is fatally flawed for the simple reason that the Taliban neither had the ability nor the inclination to capture al-Qaeda forces. (Incidentally, the conclusion above holds if one replaces "US" with "Israel," "Taliban" with "PLO", and "al-Qaeda" with "Hamas".) It is true that the US could have done more to minimize civilian casualties (e.g. send in its own ground troops instead of relying exclusively on bombing and Northern Alliancs proxy troops), but it's ridiculous to think that there might have been a completely civil method of administering justice to al-Qaeda.

Finally, it's quite obvious that all of the journalists conducting these interviews are huge Chomsky fans, and that makes reading this book very irritating.

1-0 out of 5 stars Morally bankrupt relativism
Chomsky has made a career out of knee-jerk anti-Americanism by any and all means, and "9/-11" is no exception. In leu of a well-thought out exegesis, we find a jumbled collection of email interviews and remarks. For an issue as serious as this, one would think Chomsky could make an effort at scholarship. But Chomsky, so used to preaching to a loyal choir, has no had to make any scholastic effort for a long time. Moreover, this book is shallow in its understandings of the complex dynamics of the Middle East. Chomsky, having little experience or knowledge in this area, is notably useless as a Middle East commentator or in explaining what motivates jihadi terror. His area of expertise--uncritical blame and Leftist demonization of the US--is likewise not very enlightening. This book is proof that Chomsky can publish almost anything, even some emails, and his loyal fanbase will always buy it. (Although profiting from 9/11 while not contributing much to the discussion strikes me as unethical in and of itself). Overall, I found this book very disappointing.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Voice of Reason on An Emotional Subject
For the most part Chomsky is closer to the truth than his detractors.

Years ago I was a student at MIT and had a laboratory close to Chomsky's office in the old research MIT Research Laboratory of Electronics. At that time, and for many years later I thought Chomsky was a rabid liberal- socialist that was out somewhere in left field on many issues.

Of course I had formed that opinion without reading his books! But I knew that he had written dozens of books, was made an Institute Professor (which is a big deal at MIT) had written hundreds of papers and had at least 20 honorary doctorates from universities all around the world. When I sat down and read his books page by page I was converted. He simply presents the facts in a cool and detached manner. The facts speak quite eloquently for themselves and they are damming of US foreign policy.

On 9-11 and after like many others if I had been the President I would have ordered a military strike. It was and is a natural response as if your wife was raped or a child killed by a criminal. We wanted revenge for the 3,000 killed. Even Rudolph Giuliani told Bush he wanted to personally pull the trigger when Bin Laden was captured. It was a time of high emotion. Bush followed human instincts and his advisors, and indeed at lot of pressure from the American public and the congress to do something.

Chomsky of course has taken a more rational approach and has tried to formulate a quick analysis of what happened and where we have gone wrong. This is a short book but otherwise excellent. It is a question and answer format. I cannot agree with everything in the book but it gives a fair portrayal of many aspects of the problem. In many respects the US has become a rogue nation, pumped up with layer of propaganda and patriot rhetoric that has permitted the government for over 45 years and often with congressional and public support to invade Afghanistan, Cambodia, Cuba, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Grenada, Panama, Somalia, Haiti, Kosovo, Iraq, to send troops to Lebanon, to bomb Yemen, Libya, and the Sudan. No wonder the US has enemies. If we are upset about the 3,000 killed on 9-11 what do the Vietnamese think of the 2 million killed by the USA?

It is time for a complete re-think of the US foreign policy and the role of the UN and other institutions such that groups and countries will act within a set of internationally accepted laws. Then variations from those laws will be addressed by all nations acting together, not just the US following its own self interests for better or for worse. That is the value of this thin book on 9-11.

My humble opinion.

Jack in Toronto

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, and inappropriately reviewed
I really wonder if the Library Journal reviewer bothered to read the whole book, or just stopped when he found that Chomsky was departing from the post-9/11 unquestioning acceptance of the 'US vs. the evildoers' party line.
"Chomsky condemns the attacks specifically and then suggests that the deaths are entirely the responsibility of capitalist globalization" - That is a complete misrepresentation; Chomsky repeats several times that Bin Laden and his ilk don't care about globalization. What has created anti-American sentiment around the world, in Chomsky's view, is a US foreign policy dictated by the interests of energy companies, and which supports brutal, anti-human rights dictatorships in Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries because it guarantees access to cheap oil. This book was written before the recent US takeover of Iraq, but Chomsky's arguments are quite prescient... ... Read more


55. Black Mass : The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob
by Dick Lehr, Gerard O'Neill
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John Connoly and James "Whitey" Bulger grew up together on the streets of South Boston. Decades later, in the mid 1970's, they would meet again.  By then, Connolly was a major figure in the FBI's Boston office and Whitey had become godfather of the Irish Mob.  What happened next -- a dirty deal to being down the Italian mob in exchange for protection for Bulger -- would spiral out of control, leading to murders, drug dealing, racketeering indictments, and, ultimately, the biggest informant scandal in the history of the FBI.

Compellingly told by two Boston Globe reporters who were on the case from the beginning, Black Mass is at once a riveting crime story, a cautionary tale about the abuse of power, and a penetrating look at Boston and its Irish population.

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4-0 out of 5 stars The Incredible Journey
In this case we see how a covert operation can be carried out and its participants dispensed with when the job is done. The government is shredding Flemmi's family apart, turning relatives against one another. It seems plausible a number of players now prevalent in the Bulger case are in fact long term plants held in abeyance until the time is right, such as with Martorano and Weeks.

An acquaintance who has been totally destroyed since Bulger fled in 1995 has been approached by individuals claiming family ties to the upper tiers of local and national FBI managementwhile having been misled by the Justice Management Division of the Department of Justice. These approaches usually involve intimidation or extortion with the deliverers claiming FBI affiliation in the Merrimack Valley region of northern Massachusetts which includes a regional FBI office outside of the Boston office.

Has the Defense Investigative Service and FBI teamed up to squeeze a child of Bulger or a close friend of Bulger's to keep Bulger away?

Are Whitey Bulger and Flemmi's names being smeared to bringclosure to their roles in a covert operation?

3-0 out of 5 stars Leaves a lot out
O'Neill & Lehr have a history with the Bulger brothers as does Jeremiah O'Sullivan. O'Neill & Lehr interviewed William Bulger about misconstrued dealings with 75 State Street. Whitey had an advocate in former Speaker of the House John McCormack, who believed Whitey could do quite well if given half a chance. Whitey also worked for a short time as a custodian at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. William Bulger is heavily connected, having ties to Jackie Birmingham, Thomas Birmingham's father, Senator John Kerry who has indirect ties to the extended Kennedy clan and many other notables. In his book William Bulger details how thorough FBI scrutiny can be and it is likely the FBI has extensively monitored the entire family. What might have happened in this case is that drastic measures were taken to mediate the escalating violence of the Mclean-Mclaughlin wars which claimed many more lives than what Bulger and Flemmi have been accused of taking. It is unlikely that action against Connolly, Flemmi and Bulger will effect any long term solution, as the system their organization perpetuated has strong buy in at the highest levels of government. Going after these 3 is like a company firing an executive to quench the public thirst for vengeance, but the organization itself perpetuates with new players. There are many many more individuals such as Flemmi and Bulger in the area and which have not gotten anywhere near the heat these guys have. They have been listed in local newspapers.And there has been a much stronger link between organized crime and law enforcement than one might suspect. Organized crime may actually help law enforcement by breaking down geographical regions into empires of control and holding those organized crime groups accountable, thus minimizing random crime.

5-0 out of 5 stars Can i have more please?
This is a study in how informants are made and maintained... Here is an example of how one man, probably linked to this case without his knowledge, was approached..

The man worked for a government contractor and shortly after weird things began happening. He suddenly lost a good civilian job,began getting routine IRS audits, had phone and email problems, and was approached by a number of women who befriended the man, rejected overtures for dates, then reported back the man was gay--falsely. Friends speculated NSA,the CIA or FBI was involved because all of these have a role in this Bulger case. Then the man became unemployable and had evidence of continuous bank record monitoring. When new 'friends' appeared and the man began noting checks on money being used to help them, those bank records suddenly became tampered with and the records unavailable, as if referring to a classified employee.

4-0 out of 5 stars Depressing but fascinating
Written by two veteran Boston reporters, "Black Mass" is a story of crime and corruption that turns into a gripping tale of good intentions gone awry. Taking place on the mean streets of South Boston, a mere twenty miles or so from where I've lived my whole life, this book tells of a violent intersection of cultures: the tribal culture of Irish America, the often-closed culture of the Federal Bureau of investigation, and the violent culture of organized crime. And unfortunately, it's all true. At bottom, "Black Mass" presents a haze of divided allegiances and moral ambiguity, that may well shake your faith in our government-appointed protectors.

Looming large over the whole story is the imposing figure of James J. Bulger Jr., or "Whitey Buljah" as he is more commonly known around these parts. Long before the Bloods and Crips were household names, Bulger emerged from a culture where street gangs were omnipresent and career options for adults were mostly restricted to the Armed services, politics, factory and police work, or crime. Unfortunately, Whitey Bulger never quite outgrew the gang culture of his youth, and he proved exceedingly skilled at the crime profession. As intelligent as he was soulless, Bulger graduated from street enforcer to bank robber (with a stint in Alactraz along the way) to organized crime kingpin with his hand in all things illegal as the head of the vicious Winter Hill Gang. Along for the ride was the aptly nicknamed Stevie "The Rifleman" Flemmi, a barbaric killer whose Mafia connections made him a perfect stoolie in the Boston FBI's war against the Mafia.

It was in 1975 against the backdrop of the FBI's battle with La Cosa Nostra that FBI agent John Connolly, who emerged from the same projects as Bulger, crafted a plan to bring Whitey and Flemmi into the Bureau's fold as informants. It sounded like a sweet deal for all those concerned: Bulger and Flemmi got to take out the Winter Hill Gang's competition, and the FBI got a well-placed ally in its effort to bring down Boston's ruling Angiulo family. Unfortunately, it didn't quite work out that way. The FBI did manage to bring down the Angiulos, due largely to its now-legendary wiretapping operation at Gennaro Angiulo's headquarters, but Bulger and Flemmi remained connected to the FBI long after they had outlived their usefulness. In fact, as this book makes clear, the two gangsters greatly enlarged their stature in Boston's underworld during the 1980's, and they did it with the full knowledge and even collaboration of the FBI.

As O'Neill and Lehr explain, the shared South Boston origins of Bulger and Connolly, which seemed like such an asset back in 1975 when Connolly was recruiting Whitey, ultimately became a liability. Coming from a tight-knit, tribal culture like Southie, Connolly couldn't exactly be counted on to maintain his objectivity in dealing with Bulger, whom he even came to refer to as a "good bad guy." An even deeper problem, though, was John Connolly himself: a smooth-talking lady's man who liked the high life a bit too much, Connolly eventually became virtually indistinguishable from his prized informants. Hanging out with Bulger and Flemmi and accepting their gifts, Connolly didn't just look the other way while Bulger, Flemmi & Co. enlarged their empire and the bodies piled up; he was an active assistant in their operation. Although they were frequently pursued by the Massachusetts State Police, local detectives, and even the DEA, the two gangsters were virtually untouchable.

Perhaps even worse, O'Neill and Lehr make it clear that the FBI's mishandling of its two prized informants went beyond John Connolly's corruption to encompass a massive institutional failure. With Connolly corrupted and a series of supervisors compromised, the Bureau's guidelines for oversight of informants became essentially null and void. Falsified reports that exaggerated Bulger and Flemmi's usefulness while understating their criminal activities became the norm, and even those in other law enforcement agencies who suspected something amiss had their efforts blocked. One painful lesson to be drawn from this book is that the law is only as strong as those who enforce it. When those charged with stopping crime drift to the other side, where do we turn then?

4-0 out of 5 stars Into the shredder
This is a captivating account of government methods,psychology and ethics. But ask yourself this:
Say Whitey or Flemmi or any other informants has children, does the government lay claim to those children to replace their parents in these roles? Will the government destroy such people if they do not want this kind of life? Take an example of one man who is said to have a father unknown to him but is alleged to have been a friend of Whitey unknown to the boy...
Before Bulger fled the man worked for a company with defense contracts and was told he was being cleared for a basic security clearance. The process took over a year and a half and required the man to sign an affidavit with the alleged defense official claiming never to file for bankruptcy again after being advised it was the only way to get the clearance and keep the job at the time after a lengthy unemployment. About a year after this process, the man was featured in a local Massachusetts newspaper looking for answers to his long last father. The paper changed ownership shortly after and the editor and reporter were unknown to the new editor and reporters. Shortly after Whitey fled the man was suddenly fired but not before being told by an alleged government official that he was to be monitored for an indeterminate amount of time and with no definitive scope to the monitoring or reason why. After being fired, the man had an IRS levy with no notice, annual IRS audits,missing money from his bank account in which the IRS had an account with the same national bank and threatening calls. Progressively the man was financially strangled and it became apparent the goal was to ruin him financially and monitor his communications and parties to which he was communicating.The end result was to bankrupt the man, make him unemployable, and to ultimately make him homeless and without a means to maintain a phone. The man was sequestered with a group of 10 people(which number matches a group of 10 alleged witnesses sequestered and announced as witnesses against Bulger in 1999 but which has never come to pass)who tormented the man for being responsible for the Bulger fiasco whil staging photos,etc. to make it look like the man was happily working with such a group.
New "friends" entered the man's life and as the man grew to like and trust them,they announced a friend or family member in the FBI just before the man was screwed in one form or another.This was a man with no criminal past.
Why has the government reform committee and now the Massachusetts state police given up on investigating this whole thing and why would the U.S. government target and destroy a person for a past unknown to them? Does Flemmi,Bulger or some other principal in the Bulger case have a child that is being used as a whipping boy to force cooperation or to keep perhaps Bulger in hiding? ... Read more


56. The Police and the Community (7th Edition)
by David L. Carter, Louis A. Radalet
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5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and Authoritative Work on Community Policing
The Police and the Community is the most comprehensive book on the market looking at community policing and its wide-ranging impact. It goes beyond a simple description of what community policing is. Rather, it provides a comprehensive view with reference to a wide range of social concerns and the police role and response. Interesting topics are included ranging from racism to police brutality to international perspectives. ... Read more


57. Justice Administration: Police, Courts and Corrections Management, Fourth Edition
by Kenneth J. Peak
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This fourth edition of Justice Administration: Police, Courts, and Corrections Management continues to be the sole book of its kind: an examination of all facets of the criminal justice system as well as several related matters of interest to prospective and actual administrators. It addresses the three components of the justice system: police, courts, and corrections.More than 30 case studies are desseminated throughout the book; also included are chapters on personnel and financial administration, rights of criminal justice employees, technology, discipline and liability, and futures. Articles from Law Enforcement News and other sources are interspersed throughout, and the book has been updated with added sections on ethics, bioterrorism, racial profiling, school violence, vehicle pursuits, judicial selection, jury administration, gender bias, and women in corrections.Useful as an important reference work for justice administrators and others in police departments, the court system, corrections, as well as defense attorneys and prosecuting attorneys. ... Read more


58. Drugs, Oil, and War: The United States in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Indochina
by Peter Dale Scott
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5-0 out of 5 stars Essential reading
Drugs, Oil, and War: The United States in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Indochina is an eye-opening journey into the deep politics of U.S. intervention in developing and third-world nations. Scott illuminates the connection between American business interests and American foreign policy with a factual depth that leaves little room for doubt. Scott also documents the CIA involvement--often via drug proxies--in furthering covert American interests. The details and references contained within the text add immeasurably to what is already an incredibly valuable and insightful history. This book is essential reading for anyone looking to understand the motivation behind American foreign policy and the military conflicts that have arisen out of American business interests on foreign soil.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Truth that Hurts
Like veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, whom McCarthyites dubbed "prematurely anti-Fascist" for fighting against Franco during the Spanish Civil War, Peter Dale Scott has long been ahead of the pack on the parapolitical underpinnings of US foreign policy. Those desiring to catch up - and thereby plug the mega-gap between Bush II rhetoric and reality - will be wise to start by reading Scott's latest book, "Drugs, Oil and War." Though he focusses on Indochina, Colombia and Afghanistan, lessons Washington learned there - and forgot - are being retaught today in Iraq.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Analysis
Drugs, Oil, and War:

In this brilliant book, Peter Dale Scott shows how since World War Two the CIA has recurrently used drug-trafficking allies against its enemies in oil-rich areas of the Third World, and how this has contributed to a staggering increase in the global drug traffic. He traces this practice back to the surprising connection in 1950 between the responsible CIA officer and Meyer Lansky's chief money-laundering bank. He warns that America's recent restoration of the drug traffic in Afghanistan will help fuel an increased wave of terrorism in the region and the world.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't be deceived
The previous 'reviewer' must be regarded as somewhat suspect, as his 1-star review attacks the book on the basis of a spelling error I did not come across when reading the book. In fact, this book is highly recommended, particularly for those new to the field of CIA geostrategy & covert shenanigans as they relate to energy resources & the drug trade.

3-0 out of 5 stars Too much rehashing of old material
Peter Dale Scott is a highly regarded author with a long history of outstanding work. To this end, I bought this book because of my strong interest in Colombia and was attracted by the title of the book, "Drugs, Oil, and War: The United States in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Indochina." I would have never bothered to buy this book if I knew that nearly half of it is a rehash of Scott's 1972 publication, "The War Conspiracy: The Secret Road to the Second Indochina War."

Part I, "Afghanistan, Heroin, and Oil (2002) and Part II, "Colombia, Cocaine, and Oil (2001) is good. Scott makes some excellent observations about paramilitary relationships.
Moreover, he carefully explains how paramilitary forces in Afghanistan and Colombia are heavily involved in drug trafficking. Nevertheless, the narrative of this book is coated in left of center rhetoric...and as a political moderate I found some theories lacked intellectual merit. To his credit, Scott's provides professionally prepared footnotes and bibliography.

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59. Effective Physical Security
by Lawrence J. Fennelly
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Asin: 0750677678
Catlog: Book (2003-12-08)
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
Sales Rank: 212072
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Effective Physical Security, Third Edition is a best-practices compendium that details the essential elements to physical security protection.The book contains completely updated sections that have been carefully selected from the previous Butterworth-Heinemann publication, Handbook of Loss Prevention and Crime Prevention, 4E.

Designed for easy reference, the Third Edition contains important coverage of environmental design, security surveys, locks, lighting, CCTV as well as a new chapter covering the latest in physical security design and planning for Homeland Security.The new edition continues to serve as a valuable reference for experienced security practitioners as well as students in undergraduate and graduate security programs.

- Each chapter has been contributed to by top professionals in the security industry
- Over 80 figures illustrate key security concepts discussed
- Numerous appendices, checklists, and glossaries support the easy-to-reference organization

- Each chapter has been contributed to by top professionals in the security industry
- Over 80 figures illustrate key security concepts discussed
- Numerous appendices, checklists, and glossaries support the easy-to-reference organization
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good introduction and reference to the subject
I'm not an expert in physical security--I like to think of myself in an expert in information security. An understanding of physical security topics is essential for an Infosec consultant, but consultants and CISSP test candidates looking for information on this subject don't really know where to turn.

This book was suggested to me by another CISSP and I found it useful. The book, which is really a set of essays by multiple authors, including Fennelly, is split into three sections: Design, Equipment, and Operations. It includes lengthy discussions of building construction, lighting and fencing, and far more about locks than I ever wanted to know. Many checklists on several different subject areas are included, although not all of the checklist items are necessarily explained somewhere in the book. Several very detailed glossaries are included, although they are unfortunately not listed in the table of contents or index.

The chapter "Electronic Access Control and System Integration" is good, but is lifted right out of another book I recommend, "The Book on Access Control," by Konicek and Little. The chapter "Physical Access Control for Computer Areas," taken from John M. Carroll's computer security text is excellent. I highly recommend the chapter "Approaches to Physical Security" by Gigliotti and Jason. Infosec professionals will feel at home with the discussion of threat analysis, planning, cost justification, and layering. Besides being a useful essay on physical security, there is a lot of value to the Infosec professional in learning how related disciplines approach similar problems.

Chapter 2, the author's 11-page essay on conducting security surveys, is not only a useful guide to that subject, but it also contains wise advice that should be helpful for a professional in any discipline: "Only when you have developed the ability to visualize the potential for criminal activity will you become an effective crime scene surveyor." Overall, the book seems pretty solid, so I'm putting it on my must-buy list for security practitioners. ... Read more


60. Henry Lee's Crime Scene Handbook
by Henry C. Lee, Timothy Palmbach, Marilyn T. Miller
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Asin: 0124408303
Catlog: Book (2001-07)
Publisher: Academic Press
Sales Rank: 112774
Average Customer Review: 4.29 out of 5 stars
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Henry Lee's Crime Scene Handbook outlines proven methods to help you collect and process physical evidence correctly, analyze it thoroughly, and understand its relevance to the case involved. It evaluates the newest chemical and instrumental techniques, and covers new areas such as forensic analysis of computers and advanced shooting scene reconstruction methods. This "must-have" guide is enhanced with dozens of color photographs, logic trees, check lists, worksheets, case studies, lists of suppliers, and more.

Henry Lee has consulted on thousands of criminal cases around the world and is highly sought after to help solve difficult cases. Now he and his co-authors share more than 50 years of combined experience in this systematic approach to crime scene processing. It provides the information you need for initial training, to take with you in the field, and to refer to again and again during the course of each investigation.

KEY FEATURES:

* Presents a unique, systematic approach to crime scene processing
* Covers in detail how to manage a crime scene, collect information, search for, collect, and preserve physical evidence, conduct field tests, and reconstruct a sequence of events
* Describes how to use the latest chemical and instrumental techniques for each kind of crime scene
* Outlines common problems and provides clear recommendations for overcoming them
* Includes logic trees, checklists, and worksheets that help investigators evaluate the evidence in specific types of crimes

* Presents a unique, systematic approach to crime scene processing
* Covers in detail how to manage a crime scene, collect information, search for, collect, and preserve physical evidence, conduct field tests, and reconstruct a sequence of events
* Describes how to use the latest chemical and instrumental techniques for each kind of crime scene
* Outlines common problems and provides clear recommendations for overcoming them
* Includes logic trees, checklists, and worksheets that help investigators evaluate the evidence in specific types of crimes
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5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book!
Very informative. Great details. It goes over everything that a person should know.

2-0 out of 5 stars Avoid this book!
I read this book as a required text for a Masters program in Forensic Science. Having read the previous reviews on the book, I was not expecting a particularly good textbook, but I do not believe that the other reviews do justice to how totally worthless this book is. I feel obliged to write a review of my own to balance the scales, as it were.

First off, the comment regarding the numerous typographical and grammatical errors in the book is grossly understated. I cannot believe that this book ever saw an editor's desk. I have randomly opened the book to several pages, and quickly found the following sentences, which I believe should illustrate my point:

- Most importantly [sic] by keeping the suspect away from the scene, any physical evidence found at the scene that originated from the suspect will link the suspect to the scene only at the time of the crime and not from the suspect having been returned to the scene for identification by victims or witnesses. p.53 (grammatical error, poorly written and confusing)

- Access [sic] the type of scene, the boundary of the scene, and the personnel and equipment needed. p 58. (should read, 'assess')

There are others, as well - alas, I have forgotten the sentence I came across while reading for class that contained a minimum of 5 errors. Yes. One sentence.

My most significant complaint, however, is that the book is simply not thorough. This is primarily due to the fact that it appears to have been written for idiots - all the major areas are touched upon, but there appears to be a fear that tackling them in detail would confuse people. So, instead, each technique is mentioned only in passing, leaving the reader with only a very vague overview of what goes on at a crime scene. Any person actually practicing in the field of forensic science is bound to be disappointed by its lack of depth, detail, and 'new' material. This likely also applies to anyone who has read any other books on the subject, whether they are active in the field or not.

For those who are interested in the subject and looking for a much better primer, I would suggest Fisher's 'Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation,' instead. While he does not have the friendly or chatty writing style that Lee has (the only thing going for Lee's book, incidentally), he is significantly more thorough. The book is also more well-regarded in the field, based on everything I have heard. This is not to say that Lee does not have a prominent name in forensics - quite the contrary. But, I would hate to think that anyone would purchase this book on his name alone. He should stick to spoken lectures, at which he is quite excellent.

5-0 out of 5 stars amazing
i will like to ricieve a copy of this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Response to Review
Response by Marilyn T. Miller. I am compelled to respond to an earlier review. This book was a cooperative work of all three authors but was done under the direct guidance and care of Henry Lee. Crime scene investigation has been one of Dr. Lee's lifetime concerns. This book is the result of that dedication. The other authors owe a hugh amount of graditute to him for their participation in the effort.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good... but not that good.
This book was an exceptional take-home package of crime scene processing information in an easy-to-read format. However, the chosen title for this work is egotistical and arrogant. There are a large number of typographical errors, but the book is actually quite useful. I must say, please wait for the second edition before purchasing this book. ... Read more


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