Law & Disorder:: The Legendary FBI Profiler's Relentless Pursuit of Justice

Law & Disorder:: The Legendary FBI Profiler's Relentless Pursuit of Justice - John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker Retired FBI profiler John Douglas tackles some famous criminal cases “after the fact”. Examining headline -making judgments such as Amanda Knox, The West Memphis Three, JonBenet Ramsey and several others Mr. Douglas draws on his 44-year career to try and explain the phenomenon of false confessions, wrongful convictions and miscarried justice.

Mr. Douglas begins his book with the Salem Witch trials – probably the most notorious case of miscarried justice in American history. The witch trials did, however, spawn the famous concept of “innocent until proven guilty”. That mission statement often proves to be easier said than done.

This was an interesting book, as Mr. Douglas does not shy away from topics such as police ineptitude, courtroom blunders and out-and-out lying by witnesses, prosecutors and even judges. Preconceived notions have sent more innocent people to prison than should be believable. Innocent people who subsequently face the death penalty. Mr. Douglas does not mince words on the topic of capital punishment either. Although I may not agree with all of his views on the subject, he did present them in a rational and thought-provoking manner. For anyone who has followed any of the cases examined in this book, it makes for an interesting “wrap-up”. I even learned a few interesting tidbits about the cases that I had not seen mentioned in other accounts.