Journey Into Darkness (Mindhunter #2) by John Edward Douglas

Journey Into Darkness (Mindhunter #2)

In the #1 "New York Times" bestseller "Mindhunter," John Douglas, who headed the FBI's elite Investigative Support Unit, told the story of his brilliant and terrifying career tracking down some of the most heinous criminals in history. Using behavioral profiling and criminal investigative analysis to get into the head and psyche of both the criminal and victim -- to feel what they felt at the critical moment -- Douglas helped crack many high prof...

Details Journey Into Darkness (Mindhunter #2)

TitleJourney Into Darkness (Mindhunter #2)
Release DateSep 1st, 1997
PublisherPocket Star Books
GenreCrime, True Crime, Nonfiction, Mystery, Psychology, Biography, Science, Horror, Reference, Autobiography, Memoir, Research

Reviews Journey Into Darkness (Mindhunter #2)

  • Sara
    The subject matter was a little too dark for me here. Having read Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit, I was intrigued enough to look into some other true crime books by John Douglas. Journey Into Darkness claims to look into the why's of criminal deviant (mainly sexual) behaviour, and offers to explain the inner workings of these criminals minds. Although going into this I knew the descriptions and details of various violent cri...
  • Mizuki
    Pre-review: It is a re-read (I first read it when I was a teenage)! So happy to see a Taiwanese publisher republished this series after the success of the Mindhunter TV series!(Link: I really like the part about Edmund Kemper although he is a mother freaking psychopath serial murderer! (The author of this book claims Ed Kemper is the serial killer with the highest IQ and most insight about himself he h...
  • Nitsa
    Makes you think twice about walking alone at night. Or ever. Contemplating a large investment in a barbed fence, a pit bull and a mote after reading about some of the heinous crimes he's profiled.
  • James
    Heartbreaking and gripping. John Douglas recounts several horrific murder cases he helped investigate, focusing on the victims and their families. They're haunting stories, both in the impact of the killings on the families and then in the stress and grief accompanying the convoluted legal processes that sometimes followed, including a series of technical appeals, in a case cinched both by massive physical evidence and by a detailed confession, t...
  • Robert Finnan
    John Douglas may or may not be a great profiler, he certainly seems to think he is and doesn't mind telling the reader so ad nauseum.But whatever his merits as a profiler are, his ability to author a coherent, interesting book is nil.He constantly loses focus and goes off on tangents completely irrelevant to the subject at hand.Three long and boring chapters are devoted to one murder, that of a female Marine.He goes into excruciating detail of he...
  • Shawna
    What I didn't like about this book was Douglas's tendancy to reference stories that he already explored in his first book. Like the offensive ploy he claims he used that got Richard Speck to finally speak to authorities. He also reiterated the medical condition that downed him during the Green River Killer investigation. (Way to go on that case man, you guys finally nailed him after what 20 years?) Douglas did write about some interesting cases t...
  • Chris
    I've always been pretty intrigued by Serial Killers and the people who track them down. If there was a way to get a job tracking them without going through lower law enforcement and the possibility of being stuck in Robbery or Vice or another department I would have made that my career choice.All told, this is a fascinating book... not for the faint of heart, some of the material is graphic and hard to read.It is about as close to looking in the ...
  • Mkittysamom
    This was hard to read, especially to watch John suffer. It was great though, he always does a great job telling his story!
  • Megan Alabaugh
    Kind of long-winded.
  • Maureen
    There is no question that John Douglas was good at his job as a profiler at the FBI, and he helped develop a methodology for interviewing serial killers that has provided valuable data. That being said, I have a few points of contention. One is that there has been such an emphasis on serial killers, that everyone who murders someone is liable to be viewed in the same way. Most murderers kill people they know, and much of the time alcohol or illeg...
  • Sheila Myers
    "Enjoy" is a word most people probably wouldn't use to describe how they felt about a book of this type, but it's how I feel. There's a lot of interesting information presented in "Journey Into Darkness" and, even though I've done a lot of research for my novels, there's a lot in the book that's new to me. Instead of focusing only on the crime and the criminal like a lot of true crime books, I liked the way John Douglas also discusses how crimina...
  • Fishface
    Finished this on the anniversary of the murder of Kitty Genovese. That seems fitting. I picked this one up because I found out the authors discussed Ron Bailey, a local serial killer. But there is so very much more in here. I came away understanding better how the experts read and interpret crime scenes and I learned about a number of other books I want to seek out. I can warmly recommend this one, although it's far from a smiley read.
  • April
    I skimmed most of this because the author can sort of go on and on but it was still interesting to a crime/FBI/profiling freak such as me. Plus I now see where Criminal Minds gets 99% of its storylines from!
  • Trudy
    It is interesting to see what makes criminals tick. I like to think I learned ways to protect myself and the people I care about. I choose not to be a victim.
  • Laurie
    Don't read too much of these, you will start seeing these traits in the most unlikely places... and people...
  • Shad
    I liked Mindhunter better because the author stuck to what he knew and kept to a tighter structure. This work was less organized and was all over the map on subject matter and purpose.
  • Susan
    Rather boring around the middle
  • Julia
    I'm very fond of John Douglas' work, both as the lead FBI profiler and as a writer talking about his professional experiences. This is the 3rd book of his that I've read, and I continue to be happy with his writing, although of the three I have experience with, Journey Into Darkness is perhaps my least favorite. Published in the mid to late 90s, Douglas shares his experiences with some cases that were, at the time, topical. One of the last chapte...
  • Mandy
    Journey Into Darkness was not what I expected. I expected a much deeper look into the things a profiler uses to create the profile, this book mearly contained stories of cases in which the profile was confirmed. For example I would have liked more information on what elements made a subject disorganised or if and how a profile might change according to unexpected behavours. Also as someone who doesn't have children I found the first 200 pages bor...
  • Julia
    I liked *Mindhunter* better because there were more cases in it, but this was still excellent. Really, the only reason I gave this a 4* rather than a 5 was that there was quite a bit of repetition, and the OJ stuff... well, I know a lot of people probably were interested, but I would've rather read about a case they'd actually profiled, even if it flew way under the radar. As in MH, Douglas and Olshaker describe crimes and profile the UNSUB and t...
  • Fiona
    A lot of this book can be found (worded slightly differently) in the first book I read by the author, Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit. The real value in this novel is both in the later publication date - a lot changed between 1988 and 1996 - and in the story of Suzanne Marie Collins.Ms Collins was a Marine, killed just before graduating from Arlington. John Douglas took a really interesting approach to how he presented her s...
  • Meredith
    I read Journey Into Darkness right after I finished Mindhunter. I expected them to be similar, but as the title suggests, this book was much darker than Mindhunter. Maybe it was because I read them back-to-back? Overall, this book comes off as more mature, macabre, and tedious than Mindhunter.I liked that Mindhunter was both an autobiography and history of evolution of the BSU and history of FBI profiling. While Douglas came off as kind of an ass...
  • Johnathon
    Solid sequel to John Douglas's classic "Mindhunter" that takes a different take, with more editorializing and deeper investigations into the crimes of serial killers. Much of the book of dedicated to the murder of U.S. Marine Suzanne Collins, not only in her death and the investigation but also the effects it had on her family and friends. It's here Douglas and his co-writer, Mark Olshaker, editorializes, as Douglas lets it known his feelings on ...
  • Laurel
    Journey Into Darkness unfortunately covers many of the cases covered in Mindhunter. It also REALLY hasn't dated well in many regards, which is probably unfair, given I'm reading this twenty years after publication. Particularly his lack of insight or curiosity into women who offend. His open sympathy and classification of Karla Homolka as an impressionable victim of Paul Bernardo was quite revolting to me, really, given the transcripts of those v...
  • Greg Butler
    John Douglas is the master of sinister psychology and what makes the worst of the worst tick. If you dig true crime then you should definitely check Journey Into Darkness out. No one looks a killer in the eye better than John Douglas. If you have children I will warn you then persuade you to listen to this. There are many tales that will disgust you but Douglas gives parents some insight that could prove pivotal when it comes to saving your child...
  • Kelly
    This book has a lot of repeating stories & sentiment from Mindhunter. This book repeated so much information it became pretty tedious, especially since I read his two books back to back. The new cases he did cover this time were more detailed and all focused on the victims point of views & lives. Which I appreciated, but it could've been 200 pages shorter. I respect his work and his profession. Personally I was more interesting in the use of beha...
  • Jenny
    This was a reread for me in anticipation of season 2 of Mindhunter on Netflix. Similar to the first book, this text examines motives and habits of murderers, using as examples real cases the FBI investigates. Unlike the first book, this text contains less biographical info and more recommendations for protecting vulnerable people. As like the first book, this text examines motives and methods of killers. I found it interesting to see cases marked...
  • Peter Marendeak
    Találó a cím. Egy ilyen könyvre nem lehet azt mondani, hogy jó, mert a téma és a tálalás is lehetetlenné teszi, hogy az legyen. Mondhatom ezt, hogy megindít, felzaklat, bizonyos pontjain felháborít. Nem egy könnyű olvasmány, de egyben fontos is. Bár sajnáltam, hogy többször éreztem benne hatásvadász elemeket. A benne leírt történetek önmagukban is idegborzolóak lennének, nem éreztem feltétlen indokoltnak az aprólé...
  • Samantha Magnan
    An amazing read for anyone who is interested in the subject of the criminal mind not only during the crime itself, but what led up to it and how the person(s) behaves after. John Douglas is clearly extremely knowledgeable to the point where he can explain the criminal mind and describe the horrific crimes committed, but still be able to reassure the reader into understanding that we should not be afraid of everyone who passes us on the street.Tho...
  • Jerrad
    This is a good book. It was the book that made the reality of what John Douglas does seem not at all romantic. The core story is a sickening murder and conflicting stories between the prosecution and the defendant's story. It goes through the process from murder, conviction, and the appeals process. This book is not fun. It doesn't play like a FBI class where the victim is nameless and the facts are presented. You don't feel good when you finish ...