The Psychiatrist, the Mad Bomber, and the Invention of Criminal Profiling
On Sale: April 25, 2017
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Long before the specter of terrorism haunted the public
imagination, a serial bomber stalked the streets of 1950s
New York. The race to catch him would give birth to a new
science called criminal profiling.
Grand Central, Penn Station, Radio City Music Hall—for
almost two decades, no place was safe from the man who
signed his anonymous letters “FP” and left his lethal
devices in phone booths, storage lockers, even tucked into
the plush seats of movie theaters. His victims were left
cruelly maimed. Tabloids called him “the greatest individual
menace New York City ever faced.”
In desperation, Police Captain Howard Finney sought the help
of a little known psychiatrist, Dr. James Brussel, whose
expertise was the criminal mind. Examining crime scene
evidence and the strange wording in the bomber’s letters, he
compiled a portrait of the suspect down to the cut of his
jacket. But how to put a name to the description? Seymour
Berkson—a handsome New York socialite, protégé of William
Randolph Hearst, and publisher of the tabloid The
Journal-American—joined in pursuit of the Mad Bomber.
The three men hatched a brilliant scheme to catch him at his
own game. Together, they would capture a monster and change
the face of American law enforcement.
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