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 Hallâ€”for
almost two decades, no place was safe from the man who
signed his anonymous letters â€śFPâ€ť 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 â€śthe greatest individual
menace New York City ever faced.â€ť
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 bomberâ€™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
Berksonâ€”a handsome New York socialite, protĂ©gĂ© of William
Randolph Hearst, and publisher of the tabloid The
Journal-Americanâ€”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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