Behind the Media!

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“Behind the Media!”

Written on: 03/06/2012 by savagelawstudent2012 (1 review written)

The Jigsaw Man - Paul Britton - Offender Profiler, psychologist UK

After studying Criminal Evidence at university I ordered this book out of a curiosity of offender profiling and a keen interest into criminology. As a law student it provided an insight into an area of the law we don't get to explore. Paul Britton is not only truthful in telling of his experiences but writes so clearly it feels like you are there yourself. Exploring the cases of mass murderers including Fred and Rosemary West, the media favourite of Colin Stagg and cases which would frighten anyone, he provides a book unable to put down. The fact he not only had a full time job as a clinical psychologist and he did not ask to help in any of these cases shows his commitment to justice. Missing out on family life to ensure criminals were caught he was dedicated to his work (or passion more-so). From the media representation on the Colin Stagg case it paints a completely inaccurate picture of the work he did. However, how much we should trust the media is a different issue all together. A highly recommended read for anyone who is vaguely interested in law, justice, psychology, criminology, police or crime. His work has contributed significantly to putting very dangerous people behind bars for the rest of their lives. In some cases; before Britton was called in, the police were looking for the wrong age group in the wrong area with the wrong motives. And within sometimes days of Britton arriving they had the offender in custody. An amazing book for anyone to read. Easily written and intriguing with every sentence its almost impossible to put down. Giving us access to what the media, the police and the government wouldn't want you to know so easily.

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