Robert Ressler

1937 - 2013

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Robert Kenneth Ressler (February 15, 1937 – May 5, 2013) was an American FBI agent and author. He played a significant role in the psychological profiling of violent offenders in the 1970s and is often credited with coining the term "serial killer", though the term is a direct translation of the German term Serienmörder coined in 1930 by Berlin investigator Ernst Gennat. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert Ressler has received more than 1,437,903 page views. His biography is available in 16 different languages on Wikipedia. Robert Ressler is the 2,281st most popular writer, the 2,864th most popular biography from United States and the 250th most popular American Writer.

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Notable Works

I have lived in the monster
Homicide, Serial murders, Interviews
The man who coined the phrase "serial killer" shares not only his experiences on recent international cases, but also his efforts to understand criminal minds around the globe, and explains why serial murder is happening in previously unaffected countries.
Sexual homicide
Homicide, Sex crimes, Murder
Who are the men committing the rising number of serial homicides in the U.S. -- and why do they kill? The increase in these violent crimes over the past decade has created an urgent need for more and better information about these men: their crime scene patterns, violent acts, and above all, their motivations for committing these shocking and repetitive murders. This authoritative book represents the data, findings, and implications of a long-term F.B.I.-sponsored study of serial sex killers. Specially trained F.B.I. agents examined thirty-six convicted, incarcerated sexual murderers to build a valuable new bank of information which reveals the world of the serial sexual killer in both quantitative and qualitative detail. Data was obtained from official psychiatric and criminal records, court transcripts, and prison reports, as well as from extensive interviews with the offenders themselves. Featured in this book is detailed information on the F.B.I.'s recently developed Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (VICAP) and a sample of an actual VICAP Crime Analysis Report Form.
Whoever fights monsters
Homicide, Serial murders
Face-to-face with some of America's most terrifying killers, FBI veteran and ex-Army CID colonel Robert Ressler learned form then how to identify the unknown monsters who walk among us--and put them behind bars. Now the man who coined the phrase "serial killer" and advised Thomas Harris on The Silence of the Lambs shows how is able to track down some of today's most brutal murderers.Just as it happened in The Silence of the Lambs, Ressler used the evidence at a crime scene to put together a psychological profile of the killers. From the victims they choose, to the way they kill, to the often grotesque souvenirs they take with them--Ressler unlocks the identities of these vicious killers of the police to capture.And with his discovery that serial killers share certain violent behaviors, Ressler's gone behind prison walls to hear the bizarre first-hand stories countless convicted murderers. Getting inside the mind of a killer to understand how and why he kills, is one of the FBI's most effective ways of helping police bring in killers who are still at large.Join Ressler as he takes you on the hunt for toady's most dangerous psychopaths. It is a terrifying journey you will not forget.


Among writers, Robert Ressler ranks 2,281 out of 7,302Before him are Henri Desgrange, Rahul Sankrityayan, Christina Rossetti, Heinrich Glarean, Tomé Pires, and Evelyn Beatrice Hall. After him are Harold Bloom, J.-H. Rosny aîné, Cao Yu, Ding Ling, William Steig, and Bálint Balassi.

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Among people born in 1937, Robert Ressler ranks 160Before him are Gundula Janowitz, Otto Pfister, Sofiko Chiaureli, Don Bluth, Armin Hary, and Paolo Bonacelli. After him are Viktor Ponedelnik, Lajos Portisch, Robert B. Wilson, Audrys Bačkis, Karol J. Bobko, and Luciana Paluzzi. Among people deceased in 2013, Robert Ressler ranks 140Before him are Margherita Hack, Chris Kyle, Mitja Ribičič, Shakuntala Devi, Mariangela Melato, and Luis Cubilla. After him are Marie-Claire Alain, Harry Reems, Bill Foulkes, Karen Black, Hans Riegel, and László Csatáry.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Robert Ressler ranks 2,864 out of 20,380Before him are Saul Perlmutter (1959), Cy Young (1867), John W. Campbell (1910), George Mikan (1924), Rodney Alcala (1943), and Mabel Normand (1892). After him are Lizzie Magie (1866), Charles Bachman (1924), Karl Guthe Jansky (1905), Harold Bloom (1930), Morton Feldman (1926), and William Steig (1907).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Robert Ressler ranks 250Before him are Wayne Dyer (1940), Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860), Harlan Coben (1962), Edward Bunker (1933), Fritz Leiber (1910), and John W. Campbell (1910). After him are Harold Bloom (1930), William Steig (1907), Archibald Gracie IV (1858), August Derleth (1909), Mary Baker Eddy (1821), and Terence McKenna (1946).