By John E. Douglas, Stephen Singular
John Douglas - The Bestselling writer of Mindhunter and the undisputed grasp profiler of serial criminals -- tells the chilling precise tale of John Robinson - The internet's first serial murderer.
In Olathe, Kansas, a balding, pudgy father of 4 sits in felony convicted on 3 counts of murder -- of capital homicide -- and suspected in not less than 5 different disappearances.
During the final 1/2 the Nineties, John Robinson exploited the Internet's lively international of sadomasochism with awful effects. via haunting chat rooms, he pinpointed weak girls who have been trying to find romance and stalked them online, nefariously convincing them of his adulthood, sensitivity, and fiscal balance. He gave the look of the precise guy. He enticed those girls with bargains of a superb dating and a profitable activity, persuading them to maneuver to his native land. when they arrived in Kansas, the ladies normally disappeared.
After a dramatic trial and days of excessive jury deliberation, Robinson now faces the dying penalty. hectic as his crimes will be, what's so much alarming is how he chosen and lured his sufferers and the way willingly they answered. John Robinson increased the looking floor, the options, and the expertise of the sexual predator. he's the world's first-known web serial killer.
Law enforcement officials, prosecutors, and the coauthors of Anyone you will have Me to Be have struggled to resolve the enigma that's John Robinson. They show what can get it wrong in a global the place relationships are without actual touch, displaying how simply mainstream americans might be drawn into the darkish underground of cybercrime. the web has tremendously increased the world of myth -- from the restricted confines of actual truth to the global degree of digital fact -- and someone can get involved in an online seduction. Erotic fantasies, which have been as soon as socially off-limits and intensely inner most, are actually immediately obtainable.
This swiftly growing to be neighborhood mask a sinister fact: With just a computing device, an online connection, and a knack for creativity, criminals have the facility to arrive hundreds of thousands of unsuspecting sufferers whereas last in whole keep an eye on in their personal -- usually fake -- photograph. John Robinson was once a real innovator during this number of crime.
via interviews with legislations enforcement experts, net specialists, and others, John Douglas and Stephen Singular illustrate, with this situation, a miles better -- and extra scary -- trend of net intercourse and violence.
As expertise proliferates within the twenty-first century, so do possibilities for enterprising criminals like John Robinson. nobody is healthier built than John Douglas and Stephen Singular to show the underworld of the net and to warn humans concerning the hazards of our on-line world. A cautionary and academic story approximately being cautious of strangers and fake intimacy, "Anyone you will want Me to Be" is usually a terrifying, high-tech tale of crime and punishment.
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