Incendiary: 2021 The Psychiatrist, the Mad discount Bomber, and the Invention of Criminal Profiling online

Incendiary: 2021 The Psychiatrist, the Mad discount Bomber, and the Invention of Criminal Profiling online

Incendiary: 2021 The Psychiatrist, the Mad discount Bomber, and the Invention of Criminal Profiling online

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Long before the specter of terrorism haunted the public imagination, a serial bomber stalked the streets of 1950s New York. The race to catch him would give birth to a new science called criminal profiling.

Grand Central, Penn Station, Radio City Music Hall―for almost two decades, no place was safe from the man who signed his anonymous letters “FP” and left his lethal devices in phone booths, storage lockers, even tucked into the plush seats of movie theaters. His victims were left cruelly maimed. Tabloids called him “the greatest individual menace New York City ever faced.”

In desperation, Police Captain Howard Finney sought the help of a little known psychiatrist, Dr. James Brussel, whose expertise was the criminal mind. Examining crime scene evidence and the strange wording in the bomber’s letters, he compiled a portrait of the suspect down to the cut of his jacket. But how to put a name to the description? Seymour Berkson―a handsome New York socialite, protégé of William Randolph Hearst, and publisher of the tabloid The Journal-American―joined in pursuit of the Mad Bomber. The three men hatched a brilliant scheme to catch him at his own game. Together, they would capture a monster and change the face of American law enforcement.

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“Exceptionally absorbing.” Seattle Times

“Fascinating . . . Cannell is at his best in making the impact of F.P.’s crimes palpable: he conveys in detail the dangers faced by the members of the NYPD Bomb Squad . . . and aptly captures the state of terror created by explosions in random places such as movie theaters and train station restrooms.”Publishers Weekly

“Taut. . . the story holds its tension from start to finish through all those twists and turns. A fascinating study not just of a historical crime and its consequences, but also its unintended effects.” – Kirkus Reviews

“A riveting thriller… Incendiary is powerful historical nonfiction at its very best.” ―Linda Fairstein

“Cannell brilliantly assembles his facts with an artist''s flair and poignancy… you won''t be able to put it down.” ―William D. Cohan, bestselling author of House of Cards

“A gripping and important book with a haunting resonance for our times.” ―Daniel Stashower, three-time Edgar Award--winner and bestselling author of The Hour of Peril

Incendiary describes some of the major accomplishments of psychiatrist and criminal profiling pioneer Dr. James Brussel. It is an excellent read.”
―F. Lee Bailey

“An intriguing account of a chilling crime spree.” ―Michael M. Baden, M.D., bestselling author of Remains Silent

About the Author

MICHAEL CANNELL is the author of The Limit: Life and Death on the 1961 Grand Prix Circuit and I.M. Pei: Mandarin of Modernism. He was editor of the New York Times House & Home section for seven years and has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and many other publications. He lives in New York City.

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Robert Clark
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Fascinating unknown History
Reviewed in the United States on August 20, 2017
Micheal Cannell is an amazing storyteller. His research is meticulous, so that the words on his pages come life with vivid clarity. (I have grown up with Mike as a friend all my life, this is the first of his 3 books that I have read, but will seek out his others for... See more
Micheal Cannell is an amazing storyteller. His research is meticulous, so that the words on his pages come life with vivid clarity.
(I have grown up with Mike as a friend all my life, this is the first of his 3 books that I have read, but will seek out his others for the detailed narrative he creates)
The Mad Bomber is a story I had no knowledge of, but transported into his world that Micheal has so brilliantly recreated, I have gained a huge understanding of the foundations of much of the criminal justice system today. I often read legal thrillers, fast paced adventurous fluff that have twists and turns to lead to a grand finale. Mike''s style of writing is that every chapter feels like it is its own story, all combined to create fascinating book. We know where the book is going, but the details of the journey make this a fabulous read.
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A Criminal Case From the 1950s Brought Back to Life
Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2017
As a young boy in the early 1950s I remember hearing about the "Mad Bomber" that was terrorizing New York City and this is what attracted me to the book. Author Michael Cannell has presented the case in a very interesting way by including the various bombing... See more
As a young boy in the early 1950s I remember hearing about the "Mad Bomber" that was terrorizing New York City and this is what attracted me to the book. Author Michael Cannell has presented the case in a very interesting way by including the various bombing locations that were chosen along with the primary characters in the book such as Dr. James Brussel who provided a profile as to what type of person to look for in solving the case when the police were at a loss as to how to solve it. This was actually the beginning of profiling a criminal and what to look for.

The main character in the book is, of course, is the "Mad Bomber" himself, George Metesky, who was profiled very accurately by Dr. Brussel. He treated his capture as a celebrity of sorts enjoying his moment in the sun having lived a drab existence and wanting revenge on Con Edison for injuries sustained while in their employ years previously. His reaction to capture reminded me of the Son of Sam case of the 1970s. The remainder of the book deals with his fitness to stand trial for his crimes and, if not, where he should be incarcerated followed by cases in which Dr. Brussel was involved as a criminal profilier. The book contains 257 pages of text and 8 pages of photographs.
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roseny
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Michael Cannell storyteller.
Reviewed in the United States on July 6, 2017
Michael Cannell is a gifted storyteller. You feel you are watching whatever scene he is describing. He gives a history of the NYCPD bomb squad.as well as the NYPD crime lab. He gives a descriptive historical account of the period in NYC when the Mad bomber existed.... See more
Michael Cannell is a gifted storyteller. You feel you are watching whatever scene he is describing. He gives a history of the NYCPD bomb squad.as well as the NYPD crime lab. He gives a descriptive historical account of the period in NYC when the Mad bomber existed. With the police frustrated with their inability to identify the suspect they used a psychiatrist for the first time for criminal profiling and then gives a historical account of the evolution of criminal profiling.
I enjoyed this book very much and recommend it highly
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Dr. Doug
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Informative crime story. Questionable diagnosis.
Reviewed in the United States on August 18, 2017
The 1950''s are usually perceived as an ideal, almost crime-free period in the U.S. & it will come as a surprise to many that our largest city was plagued by a "Mad Bomber". This is an interesting account of the crime spree & the attempts to capture the perpetrator.... See more
The 1950''s are usually perceived as an ideal, almost crime-free period in the U.S. & it will come as a surprise to many that our largest city was plagued by a "Mad Bomber". This is an interesting account of the crime spree & the attempts to capture the perpetrator. Another example of true crime being more fascinating than fiction. However, I question whether Metesky suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder characterized by symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, & deterioration in overall level of functioning. It is unlikely the a person with such a disorder would be able to sustain a 16 year terror spree. From what the book reports, Metesky does not meet the criteria for the diagnosis of schizophrenia. Today he would probably be found competent to stand trial & found guilty, as the insanity defense is rarely used in criminal cases & rarely successful as jurors tend to disregard dueling "experts". Also, one of the first attempts at profiling was done by Dr. Thomas Bond in 1888 in the Jack the Ripper case when he observed the victims'' bodies & concluded that Jack was not a medical person.
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susan anton
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Informative
Reviewed in the United States on July 18, 2017
Excellent book. Kept my interest from beginning to end. Amazing what few tools the police had to work with back then. Such a different world now.
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Juvakka
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This absorbing story relates the first use of psychiatric profiling ...
Reviewed in the United States on June 2, 2018
This absorbing story relates the first use of psychiatric profiling in a serial criminal case. A series of bombings in the New York City area have police stumped in the 1950s. They turn to one of the city''s prominent psychiatrists who proceeds to describe the fugitive... See more
This absorbing story relates the first use of psychiatric profiling in a serial criminal case. A series of bombings in the New York City area have police stumped in the 1950s. They turn to one of the city''s prominent psychiatrists who proceeds to describe the fugitive right down to the type of coat that he wears. INCENDIARY describes a precedent-setting case in modern criminology. Well worth the read.
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Michael Canfield
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A really good read.
Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2018
Well written historic narritive. For me brought to life a big event that I had never known about. A really good read.
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Kuk Cove
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Good Reading
Reviewed in the United States on June 12, 2017
Interesting and well written narrative history about the Mad Bomber who terrorized NYC.during the 1950''s.and how he eluded the NYC police department for over a decade. The author''s criminal profiling coverage was particularly interesting. Overall, the book was just the... See more
Interesting and well written narrative history about the Mad Bomber who terrorized NYC.during the 1950''s.and how he eluded the NYC police department for over a decade. The author''s criminal profiling coverage was particularly interesting. Overall, the book was just the right length for the subject matter. Recommend.
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