Journey Into Darkness

John E. Douglas



An unsparing account of a brutal business . . . The real genius here lies in the analytical rigor of Douglas’s crime-scene investigations. . . . Gutsy, hard-nosed police work of the most difficult—and readable—kind.

—Gene Lyons, Entertainment Weekly

Passionate, intelligent, and heartbreaking, the message of JOURNEY INTO DARKNESS is a hard-hitting, no-holds-barred attack on our namby-pamby, wishy-washy, ‘politically correct’ age.

—Roy E. Perry, Nashville Banner

One finally feels that Mr. Douglas’s keen eye for crime-scene detail and his powerful inductive reasoning cannot be explained any more than one can explain his murderous quarries’ capacity for merciless savagery. . . . Mr. Douglas leaves us shaken, gripped by a quiet grief for the innocent victims and anguished by the human condition.

—Dean Koontz, The New York Times Book Review

A hard-hitting, no-holds-barred look at [behavioral profiling] and how it has been used time and again to solve crimes across the country.

—Anniston Star

John Douglas is a brilliant man. . . . And he’s a great guy, very articulate, very sweet. I wanted to cast him as Agent Jack Crawford in the movie.

—Jonathan Demme, director of The Silence of the Lambs



A quirky, winning tale of awful crimes and awe-inspiring detective work . . . Douglas gives us a pair of human eyes through which to view crimes and criminals that are at once grotesque and compelling. . . . In the end, Mindhunter rings the bell because Douglas knows what all the great crime writers know—that the criminologist must be at least as interesting as the crime. On that score, Douglas fits the profile.

—Richard Willing, USA Today

Although Douglas’s profiles reflect years of experience, there’s an uncanniness about their level of detail: He can predict the make and color of a killer’s car. In the Trailside Killer case, in which Northern California hikers were slain in 1979, Douglas rightly predicted the assailant was a stutterer. . . . Called the ‘FBI’s modern Sherlock Holmes,’ Douglas says he comes up with such details by going into a trancelike state in which he becomes both killer and victim. . . . Douglas’s conservative estimate is that there are between thirty-five and fifty serial killers hard at work around the country right now, leaving ‘several hundred’ dead people in their wake each year.