The Killer's Shadow

The FBI's Hunt for a White Supremacist Serial Killer

by John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker

On Sale: 11/17/2020

The Killer's Shadow

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The Killer's Shadow

The FBI's Hunt for a White Supremacist Serial Killer

by John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker

On Sale: 11/17/2020


About the Book

The legendary FBI criminal profiler and international bestselling author of Mindhunter and The Killer Across the Table returns with this timely, relevant book that goes to the heart of extremism and domestic terrorism, examining in-depth his chilling pursuit of, and eventual prison confrontation with Joseph Paul Franklin, a White Nationalist serial killer and one of the most disturbing psychopaths he has ever encountered.

Worshippers stream out of an Midwestern synagogue after sabbath services, unaware that only a hundred yards away, an expert marksman and  avowed racist, antisemite and member of the Ku Klux Klan, patiently awaits, his hunting rifle at the ready. 

 The October 8, 1977 shooting was a forerunner to the tragedies and divisiveness that plague us today. John Douglas, the FBI’s pioneering, first full-time criminal profiler, hunted the shooter—a white supremacist named Joseph Paul Franklin, whose Nazi-inspired beliefs propelled a three-year reign of terror across the United States, targeting African Americans, Jews, and interracial couples. In addition, Franklin bombed the home of Jewish leader Morris Amitay, shot and paralyzed Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt, and seriously wounded civil rights leader Vernon Jordan. The fugitive supported his murderous spree robbing banks in five states, from Georgia to Ohio.

 Douglas and his writing partner Mark Olshaker return to this disturbing case that reached the highest levels of the Bureau, which was fearful Franklin would become a presidential assassin—and haunted him for years to come as the threat of copycat domestic terrorist killers increasingly became a reality. Detailing the dogged pursuit of Franklin that employed profiling, psychology and meticulous detective work, Douglas and Olshaker relate how the case was a make-or-break test for the still-experimental behavioral science unit and revealed a new type of, determined, mission-driven serial killer whose only motivation was hate.

A riveting, cautionary tale rooted in history that continues to echo today, The Killer's Shadow is a terrifying and essential exploration of the criminal personality  in the vile grip of extremism and what happens when rage-filled speech evolves into deadly action and hatred of the “other" is allowed full reign.

 The Killer's Shadow includes an 8-page color photo insert.

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Critical Praise

"Fast-paced tale of the search for a racist serial killer in the early days of criminal profiling…A taut, terrifying view of White supremacy taken to murderous extremes, now all too common." - Kirkus Reviews

"This book was not only educational but terrifying. Franklin’s gone, but who is to say how many more Franklins are out there?" - Alabama Public Radio

“John Douglas and Mark Olshaker, the authors of Mindhunter, return with a chilling true crime story that feels all too relevant in today's climate, despite the fact that it covers a case from the 1970s.” - PopSugar

“The authors write with clarity and authority as they lay out a devastating portrait of an unrepentant racist. This is a must read for those looking for insight into the minds of those instigating racial violence today.” - Publishers Weekly (starred review)


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062979766
  • ISBN 10: 0062979760
  • Imprint: Dey Street Books
  • On Sale: 11/17/2020
  • Pages: 304
  • List Price:21.00 CAD
  • BISAC1 : TRUE CRIME / Murder / Serial Killers
  • BISAC3 : LAW / Criminal Law / General

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