Talking with Psychopaths and Savages: A Journey into the Evil Mind

Talking with Psychopaths and Savages A Journey into the Evil Mind Criminologist Christopher Berry Dee takes readers deep inside the dark minds of some of the most pitiless and dangerous people alive Having spent years interviewing imprisoned criminals including not

  • Title: Talking with Psychopaths and Savages: A Journey into the Evil Mind
  • Author: Christopher Berry-Dee
  • ISBN: 9781786061225
  • Page: 364
  • Format: Paperback
  • Criminologist Christopher Berry Dee takes readers deep inside the dark minds of some of the most pitiless and dangerous people alive Having spent years interviewing imprisoned criminals, including notorious serial killers, he discovered that the lack of remorse they showed was in many ways terrifying than the crimes they had committed Yet in the course of these convCriminologist Christopher Berry Dee takes readers deep inside the dark minds of some of the most pitiless and dangerous people alive Having spent years interviewing imprisoned criminals, including notorious serial killers, he discovered that the lack of remorse they showed was in many ways terrifying than the crimes they had committed Yet in the course of these conversations, the author also had the chance to interview his subjects psychiatrists and, in doing so, uncovered a terrible truth a monster can be hidden behind a friendly face Some of these experts, he found, proved to have in common with their patients than he would ever have expected This book examines horrific crimes committed by some of the most remorseless and merciless people ever to have lived If it reveals a mindset wholly alien to most people, it also, shockingly, demonstrates that some of the people who treat these psychopaths have their own demons Talking with Psychopaths will inevitably shift the reader s view of psychopaths, and in doing so, reveals that horror can be much closer to us than we think Subjects include JR Robinson, Kenneth Allen McDuff, Arthur Shawcross, Kenneth Bianchi, Michael Bruce Ross, Melanie McGuire, and .

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    1. I was looking forward to reading this book, but I felt that it failed deliver on most fronts. Berry-Dee repeatedly states that he is not going to dwell overly on the salacious details of the crimes committed by the 'psychopaths' in question, while continually plugging his other books where he presumably does impart these tidbits. Instead, we are told that his focus is on psychopathy itself: looking at how psychopaths develop, whether they are born, and how one might recognise a psychopath in our [...]

    2. I'm only about 50 pages into this book and I am seriously considering giving up on it. This is something that NEVER happens. I have a strange compulsion with books where I feel that I absolutely have to finish a book even if I'm hating it (seriously, to the point where if I leave a book at home I can't start a new one because it's "cheating"). But I really feel I might have to abandon this one. Firstly, I can't seem to separate the author's voice- his presence, as 'author' - from what he's discu [...]

    3. 'In a world where elephants fly, lead balls bounce and fairies reign supreme' a thought, but perhaps if the author didn't use this horrendously tedious sentence every other page he wouldn't have to lament the insufficient word count every four pages. Interesting subject matter, find a different author, this chap's a narcissistic numpty.

    4. After reading Talking with Serial Killers I was looking forward to another in-depth look into the minds of killers, however like most commenters I found this book very self-indulgent; ironic that the author in discussing grandiose sense of self worth goes on at length at how he cleverly manipulated the psychopaths - and in greater detail than he discusses any of the criminal backgrounds or crimes themselves.Another big issue I found with this (in the John Blake UK edition) is the amount of typos [...]

    5. Mr. Berry-Dee needs to learn how to write and where to put a comma, to start with. To follow, maybe do not make your book a list of all your other, presumably more detailed books for the reader to check. If you could avoid stroking your own ego line after line during 290 pages, the reader would appreciate it too. All in all, I am glad this cost me about 3 pounds, as I would not wish it upon anybody and it is going right into the trash.

    6. This book read like one of those TV episodes made up of cuts of already made old episodes and flashbacks. It's repetitive - the same phrasing is used over and over again and not to good effect. It references itself over and over, contains too many mentions to the author's previous books and feels like a cheap infomercial. I wanted to like it but I really couldn't. This book cannot stand on its own.

    7. The book had an interesting premise, was promising, and did have plenty of detailed content about a small number of murderers which fit a definition of 'psychopath', as well as several who didn't (and who were assigned the arbitrary term 'savage'). Well researched and peppered with interesting insights, it added a little more to my understanding of this specific type of criminal.However, the longer it went on, the less it had to give. There was an extent to which it became somewhat repetitive an [...]

    8. This is probably the worst book I have read and one of the very few that I had to abandon at the risk of my head exploding. It is badly written, appallingly edited (if at all), patronising, inaccurate, repetitive, dull, mundane, narcissistic, did I say repetitive, probably but who cares! The publishers should be ashamed of themselves.

    9. I was really disappointed in this book, I thought it was going to be actual conversations with psychopaths and savages. It wasn't, it was a short amount of correspondence with them in order to get to the point where they would want to talk. Sometimes it wasn't even that. There was a case study about Oscar Pistorius with no evidence to show that the author had ever spoken to the man. There was no talking, there wasn't even correspondence, it was just a couple of pages about his crime. He was an O [...]

    10. This is not an insight into the psychology of killers. This is a selection of case studies - most details of which can be found on - linked together with the author's self-agrandising narrative. Berry-Dee uses language best suited to a gutter tabloid to paint demonic pictures of serial murderers, without giving any understanding or insight into why they committed such dreadful crimes. Indeed, I feel I have learnt more about how Berry-Dee manipulates people, than I have about the mindset of the [...]

    11. Christopher Berry-Dee should be renamed Narcissus. This is a terrible book; notwithstanding the overt self-plugging on every other page, both of his former books and his "heroic" crime solving/ personal crusades, he gives little substance other than sensationalist remarks. His pages are full of tautology and superficial anecdotes. I'd recommend heading to and saving yourself the time and cost of trawling through 290 pages of dross.

    12. I’ve read books by Christopher Berry-Dee before, and always found them really interesting. I generally prefer novels to non-fiction, but I do find the subject matter of his books fascinating. This book was as good as his previous works. It starts with an introduction to the concepts of savagery versus psychopathy, and then moves on to case studies of various killers. The case studies don’t focus so much on the crimes themselves, as on the psychological state of the criminals, and possible ev [...]

    13. Sooo I picked this up at the airport because it looked cool, and the countless negative reviews are scaring me! I'll have to give it a shot to form my own opinion, but I'd be lying if I said it didn't make me lose a bit of the excitement.

    14. I thought I'd like this book, but I've learnt that not judging a book by its cover works both ways.I don't think this book sheds any further light on the subjects discussed, and mainly focuses on how very clever the author is for talking to murderers. The constant book plugs for previous works by the author are jarring, but overshadowed by the incredible typos. Multiple incorrect dates, full paragraphs repeated elsewhere and Queen Elizabeth 'II' typoed for goodness sake! This detracts from anyth [...]

    15. Seriously one of the worst books I have ever read. The writing is atrocious, and terribly edited to boot. I marked numerous indecipherable or outright nonsensical passages to highlight the literary crimes therein, but I don't want to return to this wretched collection of anecdotes, so I'll just post the opening paragraph, which I had to read three times, wondering if this was some sort of joke."Welcome to 'Christopher's World', with a gilt-edged invitation to take you on a journey for, dare I sa [...]

    16. My biggest mistake was taking this on holiday: my partner rightly frowned upon it as poolside reading. I see this book has many scathing reviews, mainly directed towards it being cut-ups of previous works. As a newbie to Mr Berry-Dee, however, I liked it very much. The intro was very long but once you got into the case studies and stories, I found it was possible to learn a lot from the psychology of the differences between psychopaths and savages. Despite the topic it was an easy read. I found [...]

    17. Thought there would be more to this than there was. Touched very lightly on a number psycopaths, giving accounts of interviews etc but throughout there were references to the author's other books and considerable references to his publisher, John Blake which felt almost like book 'product placement' which was very irritating.

    18. You know those really annoying blokes down the pub who keep bragging about what they've done, and you so want to just tell them to piss off but you're a little transfixed so you buy them another pint then instantly regret it as they ramble on some more with just enough interesting stuff to keep you going? This book is like that.

    19. I picked this book out to regain my interest in reading. I'm a Psychology student, so this seemed like a both enjoyable and productive piece of work for me to read. Turns out this is just a disappointment. I haven't read a book or practiced with my writing skills in years and I still feel like I can write something more substantial and convincing than this. Extremely informal and personal writing style, constantly shifting away the focus from facts to the author's own experiences. He boasts cons [...]

    20. I say I've read it, By that I mean I've read as much as I could stand.Christopher comes across as pompous, self important, and rather narcissistic. He constantly repeats himself when it comes to his years of experience and correspondence with the subjects of his book, and shamelessly talks about his other two books at any chance.At one stage he talks about how it was too easy to reach his allocated word limit, perhaps if he hadn't repeated so often he wouldn't have.What really got me though was [...]

    21. Finally finished this!I was so excited to read this book when I bought it. What a disappointment!The first half of the book is basically a patchwork of different books about Psychopathy, mainly Jon Ronson’s The Psychopath Test, explaining what a Psychopath and a Savage is. Then, it goes onto his ‘conversations’ with these criminals and murderers, which are more explanations of how he attempted to manipulate (yes, he actually used that word after describing how manipulative psychopaths are) [...]

    22. This book was….well… The subject matter was incredibly interesting and I was looking forward to seeing what the author had to say when I picked it up in the shop. However, this book just seemed to be a way for him to plug his other books and say how much more he has written in them. There was correspondence with murderers, but he also talked about some cases which he had no contact with at all which seemed very odd considering the book's title. There were many repeated phrases which didn’t [...]

    23. I bought this at an airport in the hope it'd help with my long journey. I'd read their other book 'Talking with Serial Killers' some years ago and found it average but this book seemed really interesting. I managed to get to page seventeen and had to put it down. It is obnoxious, sexist, distasteful and that's in the first seventeen pages. It is riddled with grammatical errors. Was it even given to an editor? The author boasts that their previous book is on a reading list at a university. And? T [...]

    24. This is hilariously bad!! It's like one of those bad movies that are so bad they are funny (hence the 2 stars). I considered stopping reading at various points, but I became a bit fascinated with how narcissistic the author is that I couldn't put it down. The title is unbelievably misleading as there are very little conversations with the subjects of the book, it's mainly just the author harping on about his career! It's as if it was never edited. It's like reading an old white man droning on ab [...]

    25. After seeing this book at an airport and reading the back cover I thought it sounded like it would be really interesting. I was disappointed. Whilst there was some interesting information, the book failed to live up to expectation. It is poorly written, repetitive and very tabloid like in style. The author comes across as being almost as narcissistic as those he is describing. He repeatedly congratulates himself for befriending these psychopaths and savages, and the "role" he plays in bringing t [...]

    26. A lot of referencing to his other works and no actual talks with 'psychopaths and savages' provided. He summarizes briefly his correspondence with the criminals but doesn't take analytical approach. Instead, he uses a lot of trivial words and some that sound complicated from time to time in order to impress the average reader. I got the sense that the book was written to promote his other books for he mentions his other works on every page, but I as a reader did not get the meaning of what he is [...]

    27. I don't think that I can force myself to finish this one. The guy wanks on about himself constantly and comes off as more narcissistic than most of the serial killers. He clearly has a very high estimation of himself, but this doesn't seem to be supported by the quality of his work. He never seems to actually provide any insight into anything, just empty bragging. Also the writing itself is lamentable. I'm really quite filthy with myself for putting money in this clowns pocket. Don't make the sa [...]

    28. The author promises to let us see the mind of psychopaths and savages, but does not deliver. I learned more about the author's mind and high opinion of himself than anything else.Moreover, the writer's style is annoying. Constant references to his previous books and TV series he has produced, quotes from people recommending author's work, weird use of commas (or lack thereof) All this could be forgiven, had the book been interesting, but it is not. Maybe, just maybe it is intended as a companion [...]

    29. This was a very strange text. Some chapters were well-written and accounted for the author's correspondence with the evil minds in question. However, I felt that he skimmed over some very interesting cases and spent a long time over-evaluating a particularly boring case. It lacked consistency in that one part of the book was great and the next was a chore. Also, I found that the author repeatedly complained about the short word count attributed to him which ironically gave him less room to prove [...]

    30. While the subject matter of this book is interesting, it does unfortunately get dragged down by relatively poor writing. The author rambles a lot, repeats himself unnecessarily and loves to hone in on irrelevant details (such as a murder victim's height, weight and home address) to the point that it can be hard to keep track of what he's actually trying to say. Also, I've rarely seen a book with such bad editing: At one point the year in which an event was supposed to have taken place changed th [...]

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