A fascinating and disturbing collection of true crime stories drawn from legal expert Linda Fairstein’s real-life personal files.
In this collection of horrifyingly true stories, Linda Fairstein provides an in-depth look inside the minds of such psychopaths as Ted Bundy and the Craigslist Killer. Drawing on decades of experience as a sex crimes prosecutor in New York City, she delves into the atrocities of these cold-blooded criminals and explains how they target their unsuspecting victims. A true victim advocate, she deftly touches on taboo subjects like law enforcement’s astounding failure to process rape kits, as well as the false rape claims that ruin innocent people’s lives.
With her background in the Special Victims Bureau, Fairstein offers an unfiltered view of rape in the United States. But she doesn’t stop there: She uses her understanding of the inner workings of violent criminals’ minds to outline ways for women to protect themselves.
Originally published in Cosmopolitan magazine and collected here for the first time, each essay features a new introduction by the author.
Praise for Linda Fairstein
“Long before sex crimes became everyday fictional fare on America’s favorite cop shows, Linda Fairstein was in court and on the streets working ripped-from-the-headlines cases.” —USA Today
“Fairstein has given those of us concerned with the criminal justice system . . . a history written by the person who made it.” —Gloria Steinem
“[Fairstein writes] with the passion of a great prosecutor.” —Diane Sawyer
“A famed fixture of the criminal justice system for thirty years.” —Dominick Dunne
Linda Fairstein is one of America’s foremost legal experts on violent crimes against women and children, and a former chief of the Manhattan District Attorney’s pioneering Special Victims Bureau. She developed many of the techniques that have revolutionized the prosecution of sexual predators, including her early introduction of DNA as a forensic tool. Fairstein is also the author of an internationally bestselling series of crime novels featuring her fictional alter ego, Alex Cooper. The fourteenth book in the series, Night Watch, was published in July 2012. Fairstein has been a contributing editor to Cosmopolitan magazine since 2002. Visit her website at www.lindafairstein.com.