For sixteen years, profiler Roy Hazelwood served on the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit, specializing in aberrant sex crimes—cases of sexual sadism, suicidal autoeroticism, pedophilia, necrophilia, serial rape and murder—that brought him face-to-face with human instincts darker than he ever anticipated, and raised questions he devoted his career to answering. Who commits these acts? What motivates them? How common are they? The answers are as unexpected as they are unsettling.
Dark Dreams explores the minds of the insidious and perversely creative criminals Hazelwood has encountered. He reveals the methods of tracking them, catching them, bringing them to justice, and, perhaps impossibly, understanding them. He offers a chronicle of crime and punishment like no other, set in a depraved world where the darkness in the mind of man can be frighteningly infinite.
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Roy Hazelwood spent twenty-two years in the FBI, sixteen of them as a member of the Bureau's Behavioral Science Unit. He is now associated with the Academy Group, Inc., a forensic consulting firm with clients in government, industry, and the criminal justice system. Hazelwood lives in Virginia with his wife, Peggy.
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Stephen G. Michaud has written extensively on criminal justice topics. His previous books include Lethal Shadow, a study of sexual sadism, and The Only Living Witness, an acclaimed portrait of serial killer Ted Bundy that the New York Daily News listed as one of the ten best true-crime