John R. Howard is Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Purchase College, the State University of New York, and the author of The Shifting Wind: The Supreme Court and Civil Rights from Reconstruction to Brown, also published by SUNY Press.
In his new and thoughtful inÂtroductory essay to this second edition John Howard provides a historical context for the articles appearing in this volume. The isÂsues of the 1980s are different from those of the 1960s, and for these articles to be fully underÂstood they have to be placed against the broad unfolding of race issues, problems, and dilemÂmas in American history. The reÂcent economic situation has proÂduced an analytic framework less hospitable to public investment in meliorative programs for minority groups. The presence of large numbers of new immigrants-- Koreans, Philippines, and IndiÂans--interested in entrepreneurialindependence is contrasted with the problems of the older minority groups.
Twenty years after his famous memoir, the man who literally wrote the book on FBI criminal profiling opens his case files once again. In this riveting work of true crime, he spotlights four of the most diabolical criminals he’s confronted, interviewed and learned from. Going deep into each man’s life and crimes, he outlines the factors that led them to murder and how he used his interrogation skills to expose their means, motives, and true evil. Like the hit Netflix show, The Killer Across the Table is centered around Douglas’ unique interrogation and profiling process. With his longtime collaborator Mark Olshaker, Douglas recounts the chilling encounters with these four killers as he experienced them—revealing for the first time his profile methods in detail.
Going step by step through his interviews, Douglas explains how he connects each killer’s crimes to the specific conversation, and contrasts these encounters with those of other deadly criminals to show what he learns from each one. In the process, he returns to other famous cases, killers and interviews that have shaped his career, describing how the knowledge he gained from those exchanges helped prepare him for these.
A glimpse into the mind of a man who has pierced the heart of human darkness, The Killer Across the Table unlocks the ultimate mystery of depravity and the techniques and approaches that have countered evil in the name of justice.