Jeffrey J. Mariotte’s Criminal Minds-Sociopaths, Serial Killers, and Other Deviants

Overview: “Criminal Minds” is one of the most watched shows these days. As such, it isn’t really surprising that someone would see if they could match the true serial killers with some of their inspired characters from the show.

Story Telling: This is a tie-in book to “Criminal Minds,” complete with still shots from the show. So be sure that you’ve seen the show up to the fifth season. Other than that, we’re offered a glimpse into the histories of a few seriously disturbed individuals.

Likes: I enjoy the show, so seeing the still shots, as well as most of the references, was fun.

Dislikes: Okay, first off, Mr. Mariotte let his personal biases bleed through his narrative. Yes, a few psychopaths were involved in Christian churches. But, that could be just because it is easier to fit into their social circles that way.

Also Mr. Mariotte seemed to make a big deal over how many serial killers had been given up for adoption. Um, hasn’t he heard that correlation doesn’t equal causation? Perhaps he has, yet his emphasis on this subject seems to imply that adopted children kill more frequently than those who are raised by their biological parents. For me, this doesn’t pass the sniff test. There are too many reasons that a child may not be able to be raised by his or her biological parents. And, since I don’t believe in having an abortion, I see no reason to fear that adoption creates killers. Most of psychopathy is a mental problem.

The only other thing was a few mistakes over the series of “Criminal Minds.” There was a time or two that a quote was attributed to the wrong character. And one time that the killer was said to have had the wrong job. I’m not going to tell you where they’re at, but if you’re as big of a fan of the show as I am, then you’ll probably find them.

Favorite Character: From the show, Aaron Hotchner. From the book, it would be FBI Agent John Douglas.

Favorite Quote: “Just as important, the victims on the series are shown respect.” This is something that we should strive for.

Favorite Scene: I’ll admit it. I like the ‘eye for an eye’ policy in legal punishments. If you premeditatedly murder somebody, the State should kill you back. Though some of these guys have so many death sentences that it makes you wonder if they are revived for each sentence.

Conclusion: This is interesting as a tie-in. I just wish that, as in the show, the focus was more on the victims and that we could have met some of the inspirations for the BAU team in the show.

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