Genre: Memoir & Biography
Published: 21 January 2021
Publisher: Wildfire

The Mind of a Murderer

by Richard Taylor


‘Whodunnit’ doesn’t matter so much, not to a forensic psychiatrist. We’re more interested in the ‘why’.

In his twenty-six years in the field, Richard Taylor has worked on well over a hundred murder cases, with victims and perpetrators from all walks of life. In this fascinating memoir, Taylor draws on some of the most tragic, horrific and illuminating of these cases – as well as dark secrets from his own family’s past – to explore some of the questions he grapples with every day:

Why do people kill?
Does committing a monstrous act make someone a monster?
Could any of us, in the wrong circumstances, become a killer?

As Taylor helps us understand what lies inside the minds of those charged with murder – both prisoners he has assessed and patients he has treated – he presents us with the most important challenge of all: how can we even begin to comprehend the darkest of human deeds, and why it is so vital that we try?

THE MIND OF A MURDERER is a fascinating exploration into the psyche of killers, as well as a unique insight into the life and mind of the doctor who treats them.

"...a fascinating insight into what drives criminality – and a punchy polemic against mental-health service cuts...Taylor is a very engaging writer, chatty, witty and able to convey very complex information succinctly and clearly" - The Sunday Telegraph
"An intricate and brilliantly written psychiatric perspective on the most perplexing of crimes" - Kerry Daynes, author of The Dark Side of the Mind
"Beautifully written and very dark" - Nimko Ali OBE
"A dark, fascinating and often surprising glimpse into the minds of those who kill, from a forensic psychiatrist who's seen it all" - Rob Williams, writer of BBC's The Victim