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ShadowMan : an elusive psycho killer and the birth of FBI profiling / Ron Franscell.


"The pulse-pounding story of the first time in history that the FBI Behavioral Unit created a profile to catch a serial killer. On June 25, 1973, a seven-year-old girl went missing from the Montana campground where her family was vacationing. Somebody had slit open the back of her tent and snatched her from under their noses. None of them saw or heard anything. Susie Jaeger had vanished into thin air, plucked by a shadow. The largest manhunt in Montana's history ensued, led by the FBI. As days stretched into weeks, and weeks into months, Special Agent Pete Dunbar attended a workshop at FBI headquarters in Quantico led by two agents who had hatched a radical new idea: What if criminals left a psychological trail that would lead us to them? Patrick Mullany, a trained psychologist, and Howard Teten, a veteran criminologist, had created the Behavioral Science Unit to explore this new voodoo they called 'criminal profiling.' At Dunbar's request, Mullany and Teten built the FBI's first profile of an unknown subject: the UnSub who had snatched Susie Jaeger and, a few months later, a 19-year-old waitress. They deduced that he was a white twentysomething who'd grown up without a father; an intelligent, local loner who had served in the military. They predicted he would contact Susie's parents on the anniversary of her murder, and when caught would attempt suicide. When David Meirhofer was arrested fifteen months after Susie's abduction, and confessed to four murders, the profile fit him to a T"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780593199275
  • ISBN: 0593199278
  • Physical Description: 292 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Berkley, [2022]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-287).
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue: Shadows Come -- Prelude to Night -- Monday ... and Everything After -- Interlude: Girl ... Gone -- Badlands -- Wounded Minds -- Voices -- Mysterious Skin -- A Deeper Dark -- "To Feel Her" -- Descent into Hell -- Shadows Go -- Afterword: The Watershed Moment.
Subject: Meirhofer, David, 1949-1974.
United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation.
États-Unis. Federal Bureau of Investigation.
United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Serial murder investigation > Montana > Case studies.
Serial murderers > Montana > Case studies.
Criminal behavior, Prediction of > Montana > Case studies.
Criminal psychology > Montana > Case studies.
Meurtres en série > Enquêtes > Montana > Études de cas.
Tueurs en série > Montana > Études de cas.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General.
Criminal behavior, Prediction of.
Criminal psychology.
Serial murder investigation.
Serial murderers.
Homicide > Case studies.
Murderers > Case studies.
Criminal behavior > Forecasting > Case studies.
Criminal psychology > Case studies.
Genre: Case studies.
True crime stories.
Case studies.
Récits criminels.
Études de cas.

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