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Hunting Terrorists: A Look at the Psychopathology of Terror, Second Edition

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Joe Navarro, M.A.
Date Published
148 pages
Based on the author's personal experience in analyzing, investigating, interviewing, and arresting terrorists, this book reviews the psychopathology of terrorists and their behaviors, so as to assist law enforcement investigators in their investigation, identification, and interrogation of terrorists.
Part 1 of the book presents an overview of the prevalence of terrorism throughout history, including America's history, as well as the intent of terrorism, how it is defined, and the forms it has taken. The history of terror is followed by the profiling of major terrorist types and how various terrorist groups are composed. Part 2 of the book builds on the history of terror in examining the psychopathology of the terrorist. The focus is on the recognition of features common to terrorists that can be used to identify, disrupt, and neutralize them. The five principal comorbid pathologies of terrorists are explored in detail. This is a unique view not previously discussed outside of the intelligence community. This section than explores how the personality of a terrorist determines features of the investigative process based on how terrorists typically behave. The last section of the book provides instruction on how to interview a terrorist based on the key differences between a terrorist or enemy combatant and a typical criminal. This section has been added to this second edition. 136 references and a subject index