By John E. Douglas, Stephen Singular
John Douglas - The Bestselling writer of Mindhunter and the undisputed grasp profiler of serial criminals -- tells the chilling real 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 at the very least 5 different disappearances.
During the final 1/2 the Nineteen Nineties, John Robinson exploited the Internet's lively international of sadomasochism with awful effects. by way of haunting chat rooms, he pinpointed weak ladies who have been trying to find romance and stalked them online, nefariously convincing them of his adulthood, sensitivity, and monetary balance. He gave the look of the suitable guy. He enticed those girls with deals of a fantastic courting and a profitable activity, persuading them to maneuver to his place of birth. 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 will be, what's so much alarming is how he chosen and lured his sufferers and the way willingly they replied. John Robinson increased the looking floor, the thoughts, and the know-how of the sexual predator. he's the world's first-known net serial killer.
Law enforcement officials, prosecutors, and the coauthors of Anyone you will want Me to Be have struggled to solve the enigma that's John Robinson. They display what can get it wrong in a global the place relationships are without actual touch, displaying how simply mainstream american citizens might be drawn into the darkish underground of cybercrime. the net has vastly improved the area of fable -- from the restricted confines of actual fact to the global level of digital fact -- and somebody can get entangled in an online seduction. Erotic fantasies, which have been as soon as socially off-limits and intensely deepest, are actually immediately obtainable.
This speedily becoming neighborhood mask a sinister fact: With just a laptop, a web connection, and a knack for creativity, criminals have the ability to arrive thousands of unsuspecting sufferers whereas final in whole keep watch over in their personal -- frequently fake -- picture. John Robinson was once 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 example, a far higher -- 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. not anyone is healthier outfitted 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 have Me to Be" can also be a terrifying, high-tech tale of crime and punishment.
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