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EP 513: The Mindhunter John Douglas

Legendary FBI criminal profiler John Douglas talks about some of the 5000 cases with which he has been involved and his chilling face to face encounters with the worst monsters in recent memory from Edmund Kemper to Ted Bundy. He reveals why he first began interviewing serial killers without the FBI’s knowledge or permission, how he prepared for these deeply disturbing meetings, and he and his colleagues found commonalities that would help the FBI catch the most horrific of murderers of our time. Then he shares how his very first attempt at profiling a wanted fugitive was instrumental to the capture of the white supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin and how the Franklin case marked a significant turning point in his own career. He discusses what Joseph Paul Franklin had in common with Charles Manson, why he shot and paralyzed Hustler founder Larry Flynt, and why Douglas fears that social media has become a fertile breeding ground for killers just like him. Plus John talks about the one murderer that continues to haunt him to this day and offers a psychological profile of the most famous serial killer of all...Jack the Ripper!

Order John Douglas's new book The Killer's Shadow: The FBI's Hunt for a White Supremacist Serial Killer on Amazon, Audible, or wherever books are sold. Learn more about John Douglas at and find out about The Cold Case Foundation at


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