My Life with Murderers: Behind Bars with the World's Most Violent Men Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Professor David Wilson has spent his professional life working with violent men - especially men who have committed murder. Aged 29 he became, at that time, the UK's youngest ever prison governor in charge of a jail, and his career since then has seen him sat across a table with all sorts of killers: sometimes in a tense interview; sometimes sharing a cup of tea (or something a little stronger); sometimes looking them in the eye to tell them that they are psychopaths.
Some of these men became David's friends; others would still love to kill him.
My Life with Murderers tells the story of David's journey from idealistic prison governor to expert criminologist and professor. With experience unlike any other, David's story is a fascinating and compelling study of human nature.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 53 minutes|
|Author||Professor David Wilson|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||21 March 2019|
|Publisher||Hachette Audio UK|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 41,127 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
151 in Murder & Mayhem Accounts
245 in Criminology (Books)
254 in Murder True Crime
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Following every flick of the page you share this rollercoaster ride and feel you are sitting next to Wilson as he interviews some of the worlds most violent psychopaths!
If you pick this book up - you will not put it down until the last page!
I've never read anything of this type of genre - criminology - although I watch tv programmes on this. As my starting reference, I could not have chosen a better book.
If you are interested in murder academically and theoretically, this is an excellent starting point. I'm off now to look into the books Professor Wilson suggested at the end of his book.
I'm convinced this is going to be the start of a wonderful reading exploration into a fascinating subject.
On the outside you will walk in Wilson’s footsteps and follow the path behind the scenes of his research. Feeling very touched by Dunblane’s community, you visit horrific mass murder and cover the difference in that to spree murder. Wilson is unique in his approach to victim groups and touches on the vulnerability of these groups and the why…..if only crime could be tackled from this direction.
A fabulous chapter details the miscarriage of justice featuring Stefan Kiszko and his wrongful imprisonment for the murder of Lesley Molseed. Wilson details the interviews he conducted with Kiszko. Appropriately, The Reid technique of police interrogation is addressed here, and its apparent connection to other cases, for example, Brendan Dassey.
From prison riots to the unique therapeutic approach of HMP Grendon, this will most certainly broaden your mind. I appreciated the honesty when given a tragic example of how things can go horribly wrong, but in the main, this application proves to be highly successful. The proof in this being that some ex offenders, having undergone the therapeutic approach at Grendon, are now David Wilson’s good friends!
There’s something in this book for everyone, adding to the above there are other captivating details covering subjects such as, young offenders, hitmen, offender profiling and Wilson’s life as a university criminology professor. You will also encounter how he puts his theory into practice, with his award winning documentary ‘Interview with a Murderer’. However, it is not all dark and disturbing, there are some light relief moments, you may have a wry smile at David Wilson’s humour at times. Also, don’t be at all surprised if you find yourself subconsciously taking the Hare Psychopathy Checklist Test!
I’m a prolific reader of true crime literature and I would highly recommend this book. If you are a student embarking on criminology or psychology, you cannot go wrong with this insight. One doesn’t necessarily need to have an academic interest in criminology or psychology to enjoy this book. ‘My Life with Murderers’ is a powerful, insightful page turner for absolutely anyone.
We learn what a psycopath really is and the fact that there are lots out in society.He also tells usabout his days as governor of HMP Grendon, which is actually Britains only therapeutic prison, where the majority of inmates are sex offenders.It apparently has a lower reconviction rate than other jails.
All in all a very interesting read
David thought that the Carl Bridgwater murder might have been largely forgotten in his chapter on the suspected perpetrator. Carl was about three weeks younger than me and the murder was relatively local, I remember the local news reports and information wanted posters outside my school gates. So, not totally forgotten by me although David’s award winning documentary about it had completely passed me by and maybe something I need to catch up on. Sad that all these years on minds have never really been put to rest.
It is, I think, an interesting book and well worth a read and at times debunks some of the more popular media and political ideas about criminal justice and violent men.