VIRTUAL: Ann Wolbert Burgess at the Hudson Library [1/17]
The Hudson Library will be hosting Ann Wolbert Burgess on January 17th at 7pm. Burgess will be discussing her book A Killer by Design.
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In response to a large uptick in the number of reported cases of sexual assault and homicide in the United States in the 1970’s and 1980’s the FBI created the Behavioral Science Unit, also called the Mindhunters, a specialized team charged with tracking down the country’s most dangerous criminals. Burgess’s research came to their attention and over the course of the next two decades, she helped the budding unit identify, interview, and track down dozens of notoriously violent offenders. In her book Burgess shares the investigations as she experienced them, interweaving interview transcripts and crime scene drawings alongside her own vivid recollections to provide unprecedented insight into the minds of deranged criminals and the victims they left behind. Along the way, she also paints a revealing portrait of a formidable institution on the brink of a seismic scientific and cultural reckoning, and the men forced to reconsider everything they thought they knew about crime.
A vivid behind-the-scenes look into the creation of the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit and the evolution of criminal profiling, written by the pioneering forensic nurse who transformed the way the FBI studies, profiles, and catches serial killers.
Lurking beneath the progressive activism and sex positivity in the 1970-80s, a dark undercurrent of violence rippled across the Amer