By John E. Douglas, Stephen Singular
John Douglas - The Bestselling writer of Mindhunter and the undisputed grasp profiler of serial criminals -- tells the chilling actual 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 half the Nineties, John Robinson exploited the Internet's energetic international of sadomasochism with terrible effects. by way of haunting chat rooms, he pinpointed susceptible girls who have been searching for romance and stalked them online, nefariously convincing them of his adulthood, sensitivity, and fiscal balance. He appeared like the ideal guy. He enticed those ladies with bargains of a superb dating and a profitable task, persuading them to maneuver to his native land. after they arrived in Kansas, the ladies at all times disappeared.
After a dramatic trial and days of excessive jury deliberation, Robinson now faces the loss of life penalty. aggravating as his crimes can be, what's so much alarming is how he chosen and lured his sufferers and the way willingly they spoke back. John Robinson accelerated the looking flooring, the recommendations, and the know-how 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 want Me to Be have struggled to resolve the enigma that's John Robinson. They show what can get it wrong in an international the place relationships are with out actual touch, exhibiting how simply mainstream americans may be drawn into the darkish underground of cybercrime. the net has enormously improved the area of myth -- from the constrained confines of actual fact to the global level of digital fact -- and somebody can get involved in an online seduction. Erotic fantasies, that have been as soon as socially off-limits and intensely deepest, are actually immediately obtainable.
This quickly turning out to be group mask a sinister fact: With just a desktop, an online connection, and a knack for creativity, criminals have the facility to arrive thousands of unsuspecting sufferers whereas ultimate in entire keep watch over in their personal -- frequently fake -- photo. John Robinson used to be a real innovator during this number of crime.
via interviews with legislations enforcement experts, internet specialists, and others, John Douglas and Stephen Singular illustrate, with this situation, a far higher -- and extra scary -- trend of net intercourse and violence.
As know-how proliferates within the twenty-first century, so do possibilities for enterprising criminals like John Robinson. not anyone is healthier outfitted than John Douglas and Stephen Singular to reveal the underworld of the net and to warn humans in regards to the risks of our on-line world. A cautionary and academic story approximately being cautious of strangers and fake intimacy, "Anyone you will have Me to Be" can also be a terrifying, high-tech tale of crime and punishment.
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Knowing that he was safely locked away in prison, I could have ignored Sullivan’s request for a meeting, but I felt that I owed him the courtesy. I had written about him and characterized his criminal career in print, and quoted from his writing without his consent. Plus, I was curious. Mad Dog Sullivan was a legend in New York crime circles, the last of a dying breed, an old-school, professional hit man for the Mob. I wrote Sullivan a letter to make sure he wasn’t mad at me. When he answered that he was not, we made arrangements to meet at the prison.
He and another smuggler then called on Mermelstein, whom he knew only casually at the time. They wanted Max to drive them around until they came down from their high. During the drive, Rafa, eyes ablaze, emptied five bullets into his roommate, who had been taunting him from the backseat of their rented van. “Just keep driving, Max. Don’t say a fucking word,” Mermelstein remembered Rafa saying. Having witnessed, but not reported, a brutal murder, Mermelstein was an accessory to the crime, which effectively put him under the thumb of the cartel.
He had intentionally violated his security, so the Justice Department—unaware that its prize witness was also a primary suspect—relocated him to another region of the country and covered his tracks after he left. In the years that followed, Raymond often caught the attention of federal crime fighters. S. Marshals Service—the branch of the Justice Department that administers the Witness Security Program—believed that his life was in danger, he moved around like a man without worries. He drove Cadillacs and wore mink coats, and his fingers sparkled with diamond rings.