The Jigsaw Man

The Jigsaw Man Forensic psychologist Paul Britton asks himself four questions when he is faced with a crime scene what happened who is the victim how was it done and why Only when he has the answers to these questi

  • Title: The Jigsaw Man
  • Author: Paul Britton
  • ISBN: 9780552144933
  • Page: 481
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Jigsaw Man

    Forensic psychologist Paul Britton asks himself four questions when he is faced with a crime scene what happened who is the victim how was it done, and why Only when he has the answers to these questions can he address the fifth who is responsible An intensely private and unassuming man, Britton has an almost mythic status in the field of crime deduction because of hiForensic psychologist Paul Britton asks himself four questions when he is faced with a crime scene what happened who is the victim how was it done, and why Only when he has the answers to these questions can he address the fifth who is responsible An intensely private and unassuming man, Britton has an almost mythic status in the field of crime deduction because of his ability to walk through the minds of those who stalk, abduct, torture, rape and kill other human beings What he searches for at the scene of a crime are not fingerprints, fibres or blood stains he looks for the mind trace left behind by those responsible the psychological characteristics that can help police to identify and understand the nature of the perpetrator.Over the past dozen years he has been at the centre of than 100 headline making investigations, from the murder of Jamie Bulger to the abduction of baby Abbie Humphries, the slaying of Rachel Nickell on Wimbledon Common, the pursuit of the Green Chain rapist and the Heinz baby food extortionist, the notorious Gloucester House of Horror and most recently, the murder of Naomi Smith.Told with humanity and insight, The Jigsaw Man is Paul Britton s absorbing first hand account of those cases, and of his groundbreaking analysis and treatment of the criminal mind It combines the heart stopping tension of the best detective thriller with his unique and profound understanding of the dark side of the human condition.

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    1. David

      An appalling, self-serving book full of pop-psychology and in some cases downright false claims. For instance, Britton tries to play down his role in the investigation of Colin Stagg in the Wimbledon Common Murder case, despite the fact that he was advising the police even while they were interviewing Stagg at the time of his first arrest.Colin Stagg has since been proven innocent through DNA testing which proved that the real killer was Robert Napper. Interestingly, Britton claims IN THIS BOOK [...]

    2. Donna Lees

      Really enjoyed this book. Very informative and interesting with views on some cases that were never told publicly.

    3. Nicola

      Psychological profiler, Paul Britton details his involvement in helping the police to solve crimes, including high-profile cases of the 90s, such as Fred and Rose West and Jamie Bulger’s killers. The result is an interesting (if gruesome) perspective on criminality and police procedure.I started off enjoying this, but it really began to wear of me as I continued reading. Much of the material in the book is deeply disturbing and even as someone usually unfazed by crime, I began to worry irratio [...]

    4. Rose Melton

      Interesting and informative look into the parts we don't hear in the news, I do feel offender profiling does help in cases where there is little or no evidence, not one to keep on the shelf for another day though, you do need a strong stomach for parts as its abit gruesome

    5. Rebecca If Only I Could Read Faster

      I love reading crime and thriller fiction books and I enjoy watching true crime programmes on tv so when friends were discussing The Jigsaw Man by Paul Britton I was immediately intrigued and wanted to read it.The book is in many ways fascinating. Britton gives insight into many cases including many that I was already familiar with like Fred and Rose West, Rachel Nickell and James Bulger. He provided details of those cases that I had not heard or read before, at times it felt like a little bit t [...]

    6. Soho_Black

      I’ve recently started enjoying a number of true crime podcasts, particularly those involving miscarriages of justice. I also have a long held interest in criminal psychology, holding a degree in psychology and having watched and enjoyed the television series “Cracker”, since the beginning. Paul Britton, the criminal psychologist who supposedly acted as the inspiration for “Cracker”, thinks that shows like that weren’t helpful to those who were trying to persuade a skeptical police fo [...]

    7. Dom

      Creepy but so much detail and it reads like a CSI Miami episode. Definitely worth a read but not for the faint hearted.

    8. Eleanor Luhar

      My psychology teacher recommended this book at the start of the year, and as it's about the field of work I'm hoping to go into I thought I'd read it. It did take me quite a while to finish, but I still really enjoyed reading it.Paul Britton, a successful forensic/criminal psychologist, goes into detail on some of the most horrific cases the UK has seen. He discusses his role in the House of Horrors, the contamination of Heinz products, and the abduction of a newborn baby, as well as countless o [...]

    9. Carys

      One of my favorite books of all time. I read it cover to cover within 24 hours as I couldnt put it down.Id recomend that anyone with a strong interest in crime or psychology to read it and also to anyone else. The coverage of so many prolific crimes that we've seen occur within our country over the last few decades makes it easy to relate to; anyone and everyone (unless youve been living in a cave somewhere!) will have an opinion or memory of the majority of the crimes discussed (Rachel Nickel, [...]

    10. elise

      if psychology is your thing, this is perfect! a captivating, perspective changing, beautifully written read. paul is incredible, and his work has pathed the path for those following in his footsteps. an amazing book.

    11. Vicki Fitzgerald

      I loved this book. It really helped me to get into the mind of killers and what makes them function. Some highly disturbing real life cases in it but I loved it!

    12. Sarah Lindsay

      Very interesting read. The scenes and anecdotes could be upsetting at times but the details were vague allowing you a different perspective into the psychology of criminals and how crimes are solved.

    13. Swissmiss

      When I first picked this book up, I thought it was a novel, and so did others who saw me reading it, based on the cover. So, right off, this is a memoir by 'England's premier criminal psychologist', and I wouldn't be surprised if the author had come up with that himself. He comes off to me as very pompous and self-important, and I think it would be tedious to have to be on the receiving end of a conversation with him. However, he does have some very interesting stories to tell and some important [...]

    14. Helen

      I am interested in Forensic Psychology, and wanted to make it my career, hence I bought the book and have seen Mr Britton speak. I was later surprised when working with other Forensic Psychologists to learn that his input into the cases he cites was not as involved as he claims and his breakthroughs were not soley his own, nor were his ideas. Forensic Psychology is not something that can stand alone like in an Agatha Christie or Jessica Fletcher TV show detective. Evidence analysis is still crut [...]

    15. Beej

      This book is a fantastic insight into the work and life of a forensic psychologist. Starting off in a more personal account of Paul's life studying towards psychology, the book is enlightening and in depth. It deals with the issues he faced while working towards his degree, the initial stages of his career and the police enquiries that lead to him getting drawn into the world of forensic science. The cases Paul aided are thoroughly detailed and the profiles he provided for the police are include [...]

    16. Helen

      Fascinating book, wondrous even, and you’d wonder how any crime goes unsolved with his near supernatural powers of deduction. I even heard him speak and heard the fantastic boasts from his own mouth. Then I studied forensic psychology and worked as a student with forensic psychologists and found it all to be largely bunkum. You cannot look at a crime scene and deduce that the criminal is definitely a white make, between the ages of 22 and 24, listens to Simon and Garfunkel, reads the Times, hi [...]

    17. Vicki

      I picked this up in the library thinking it would be an interesting read about criminal psychology.I enjoyed the early part of the book as the author Paul Britton was born and brought up in Warwickshire where I grew up and there were a lot of familiar place names and references.However once Britton starts to talk about the various criminal cases he worked on, my interest waned a little. For the most part he references 'headline' crimes such as the Rachel Nickell case or Fred and Rosemary West an [...]

    18. Mary Baldwin

      A really interesting account of the development of offender profiling through the career of one of the first psychologists to enter the field. Some reviewers have commented on a use of 'pop psychology' by Britton. What I'd say is, the book is aimed at readers without a detailed knowledge of psychology; simplification is inevitable. Secondly, it's pop because it's common - only negative if that also makes it inaccurate. The cases are detailed, and I'm sure it would be interesting to read in more [...]

    19. Alison W

      A fascinating book that I couldn't put down despite the horror factor and feeling for the victims. This book covers cases that Paul Briton (a criminal psychologist) worked on with the police. If you are in your 30's or 40's and lived in the UK, you'll recognize many of the cases. There's some really well known ones like Jamie Bulger (the child that got abducted by two young lads and murdered) and Rachel Nickell (the mother of a young child who was murdered on Wimbledon Common) but virtually all [...]

    20. Ben

      I love the idea for this book, but sadly it doesn't fully deliver. The cases Britton discusses are often disturbing and surprising, but are told plainly, and his role and achievements don't - as the jacket blurb suggests - "read as though from the pages of Conan Doyle or Agatha Christie" but more "Bluff Your Way in Forensic Psychology". There's a lack of depth to this book and the way Paul portrays his world. As you read through you feel the author is ticking boxes for what one would expect in a [...]

    21. Chloe Clarke

      I was recommended this book,because of my love for crime, murder, and sociology.Overall I found this book fascinating, the different cases that Paul Britton, had been involved in were interesting and kept me gripped throughout the whole novel. The books mature context and graphic descriptive language enhances the shock and horror of the cases he worked on, which forced me to finish this book, and honestly I loved the how novel. I would recommend this novel to anyone. Especially anyone who loves [...]

    22. Nick Davies

      A very interesting and thorough exploration of forensic psychology, discussing the part this field played in (or may have played in) a number of high-profile and lesser-known British cases. I found this fascinating, though am now slightly suspicious and unsure whether - in the wake of a documentary I saw regarding Paul Britton and him being discredited by (or at least blamed partially for errors leading to the false conviction of a suspect following) the killing of Rachel Nickell - I'd see this [...]

    23. Mary Theresa

      This is a book that needs to be read in small chunks. There is so much to learn from each case and so much shared in every insight. Britton gives you all the information and doesn't attempt to shield you from the horrors of the human capability to be sick and twisted. He gives a powerful insight in to the minds of murderers, rapists and serial Killers and leads you step by step through the processess of discovering and convicting them. After reading this, i'll never forget to lock a door and clo [...]

    24. Ally

      I loved this book. I love psychology.A very sad and scary insight into the unpublicised details regarding the Jamie Bulger account. Considering one of the defendants has re-offended since being released from Prison, despite being set up with a new identity and life, it shows rehabilitation programmes truly don't work - when you consider the age of the defendant and still having capacity and youth on their side to change. Evil is evil and you can't eradicate that with therapy I'm afraid.

    25. Den

      I enjoyed this book if I can say I enjoyed a true crime book. I thought it fascinating how criminal psychology started and developed. I am not sure if I have read this before as some of it seemed very familiar or is that because I might have covered parts of these cases during the psychology parts of my degree or because they are so high profile. It really does take you into the mind of the criminal - a sick criminal.

    26. JLG

      This is an interesting book explaining, to some degree, how offender-profiling began to be used more and more by the police in the UK. Paul Britton gives an insight in to his work on some of the high-profile cases he was involved with. Beware, tough, as some of the case facts are pretty gruesome. At times, his writing comes over as rather 'pompous' and self-serving but who, in their right minds, would want to do his job?

    27. Judii Cook

      I quite enjoyed this book. I'm not fazed by the fact that he may have glossed over some points or embellished others as this is really, to be expected in a lot of "true story" books. As a huge fan of shows such as "Criminal Minds" and the like, I found this book to be right up my alley. Yes some scenes were quite graphic, but that is to be expected when dealing with details of crime and criminals.

    28. Joshua Woodbury

      This book is about a real life criminal psychologist like the FBI agents in Criminal Minds. I would not recommend this book only because it is extremely graphic. I could not finish the book because of its graphic descriptions. I suppose it is a good thing that individuals like the subject of the book are willing to dedicate their lives to solving heinous crimes. However, I do not find it pleasant to read about.

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