Free biographies and memoirs Kindle books for 23 Feb 15

Journey Untold My Mother’s Struggle with Mental Illness: My Mother’s Struggle with Mental Illness

by Yassin Hall

This trans-formative book grips readers from the beginning and takes you on an emotional ride through the eyes of a child of a mother suffering with schizophrenia as she matures into womanhood. Journey Untold will make you laugh, make you cry, and most importantly spark a conversation about how people can cope with life’s challenges.

Mental illness is something that is still not talked about in the many communities, but especially in communities of color, like the one I grew up in, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. This memoir offers a look at mental illness from my perspective as the child of a mother suffering from the effects of schizophrenia.



The Life and Prayers of Saint Jude

by Wyatt North

Also known as Saint Jude Thaddeous, Saint Jude is known as the most powerful Patron Saint of Desperate Cases. Christians turn to Saint Jude for hope in what often seem like hopeless circumstances.

Whether it an illness in the family, a dissolving marriage, or financial struggles, Saint Jude answers our calls when we are at our darkest hour.

God rewarded Saint Jude with the incredible power to help the desperate. Saint Jude is a true friend, who we can look to when feeling hopeless and alone.

During a time in our world when resources are few and families find themselves in desperate times, calls to Saint Jude are louder than ever.



How to Commit the Perfect Murder: Forensic Science Analyzed

by David Malocco

Today, most murder crimes can be detected through DNA analysis and the assistance of forensic scientists like pathologists, toxicologists and ballistic experts. So, the question must be asked, can a criminal, using the knowledge of forensic science to their own advantage, reduce their percentage of detection, in order to commit the perfect murder?

If a criminal knew exactly what investigators were looking for at a crime scene could they use that to avoid detection? Crime Scene Analysis is a documented and forensic process. Fortunately, most murderers do not approach their crimes in a scientific manner.

But, if you thought like a forensic scientist, is it possible to commit the perfect murder? The idea of committing the perfect murder, by which I mean, committing a murder and not being apprehended, is the ultimate intellectual challenge. A select few have endeavoured to put theory into practice. Some have succeeded.

A few experts will reluctantly admit that there might be a way to get away with murder. They say it would require an undetectable weapon, a perfect location to commit the crime and an ingenious way to dispose of the body.

There are many pitfalls a criminal can avoid by studying forensic science, just as there are many ways a poisoner can evade capture by studying toxicology. For example, did you know that the greatest source of evidence in a murder case is extracted from the victim’s body? Forensic science will use an autopsy to determine the time of death; the victim’s last meal; the manner of death; the weapon used; maybe even the actual weapon itself. Marks on the body will assist the pathologist in this regard. All of this information, pieced together, will bring them closer to catching the culprit. But there are ways to avoid this.

There are ways of killing a person without leaving any marks on the body. There are ways to avoid leaving your DNA at the crime scene. There are ways to dispose of the body so that it will never be recovered, at least not in your lifetime.

Even as you read this book, someone, somewhere is committing the perfect murder. They will never be caught and forensic science, although it has greatly enhanced detection rates, is not yet fool proof. Despite what you may have read elsewhere that the perfect murder exists only in Crime Fiction novels the fact is, that thousands of perfect murders are committed every year.

Dr. Harold Shipman is the world’s most prolific serial killer who killed over one thousand of his patients before making some some basic mistakes which resulted in his capture. It was only when his motive became one of greed that he was caught. Up to that point he had committed a thousand perfect murders.

So yes, it is possible to commit the perfect murder. How? Well, let’s say it’s complicated



Special Forces A Teams

by Tom Davis

In this eBook, which is a portion of the author’s memoir, The Most Fun I Ever Had With My Clothes On: A March from Private to Colonel, COL Tom “The Squid” Davis recounts his experiences serving as commander of four Special Forces A Detachments during the 1970’s. These teams specialize in Underwater Operations (SCUBA), Mountaineering, Small Atomic Demolitions Munitions (SADM), and High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) Parachuting. In addition to serving in the United States, he and his team of Green Berets tromped the lands of Germany, France, England, and Denmark. The narrative with the accompanying photos gives incite into the type of training missions carried out by the various specialized Operational A Detachments belonging to a US Army Special Forces Group.

Excerpts

ODA 232 SCUBA Team Fort Devens, MA

My main problem was blisters. As always, the first place that blisters appeared was between my toes. I would pop them with the needle I always carried, but within an hour the blisters would fill back up and hurt like hell. Years later, a member of the Danish Special Forces would show me a trick to address this problem. But that would be later, and this was now. I rubbed Vaseline between my toes, but that only helped a little bit. Eventually, the blisters started to bleed. This caused concern with infection. Others were having similar problems.

Testing Dry Suits Under Extreme Conditions

After a few swims, we discovered we had to wear ¼-inch neoprene mittens rather than five-finger gloves. When the water hit our faces, it immediately froze. So, for protection, we coated our faces with gobs of Vaseline. This way the ice freezing on our face didn’t touch the skin. Of course, our eyebrows caked with ice. Although we wore heavy woolen socks, the cold was so numbing that when we completed a couple of hours swimming with fins, we weren’t able to stand, much less walk, for several minutes. Swimming under these severe conditions proved a challenge, to say the least.

ODA 223 Mountain Team Fort Devens, MA

We trained in class one through five climbs. Our training included not only repelling off cliffs but also from helicopters. We trained not only in free climbing, where we always maintained three points of contact with the wall and climbed without a rope, but also in technical climbing, which involved the use of rope, belays, pitons, and metal spikes (usually steel) that we hammered into a crack or seam in the rock. Our mission was not only to become proficient in the art but also to teach basic mountaineering to other Teams as needed.

ODA 3 High Altitude Low Opening Parachute Team

The next day we drove out to a French Army Airfield. The fog hung like a blanket, blocking out everything that was more than ten meters away. Surely the French pilot wouldn’t take off in this pea soup, but he did. We flew low, following the telephone and power lines. It was a matter of face. The French couldn’t let us see that they were afraid to fly.



Tents, Tortoises, and Tailgates:: My Life as a Wildlife Biologist

by Scott Lillie

The culture of the seasonal field biologist is vastly different than that of the typical 9-5 office worker. Whiskey filled nights around the campfire, travelling across the country for work, 5 a.m. tailgate meetings with surly construction workers, and of course, hilarious animal encounters, are just a few of the things a biologist might deal with over the course of a field season.

Plagued by wasps, cactus, and all manner of other obstacles, follow a fresh-faced college grad from the suburbs on his 10-year journey to becoming a veteran of the wilderness and conservation biology. From face to face encounters with rattlesnakes and mountain lions to swimming with alligators and snapping turtles, and from sleeping in tents and truck beds to living in hotels, “Tents, Tortoises, and Tailgates: My Life as a Wildlife Biologist” shows what it’s like to be a seasonal field biologist on the front lines of wildlife conservation.



BRENDA ANN SPENCER: RAMPAGE KILLER: I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS (TRUE CRIME: BUS STOP READS Book 22)

BUS STOP READS ARE SHORT QUICK READS

BRENDA ANN SPENCER: RAMPAGE KILLER

“I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS”

On January 29th, 1979, sixteen year old Brenda Ann Spencer, poised herself by her bedroom window in her house in San Diego, and began randomly shooting children and teachers at the Elementary School located across the street. During the shooting spree, she killed two people and injured nine others.

When asked why she did it she said, “I don’t like Mondays.” This quote led to Bob Geldorf writing the best selling hit “I don’t like Mondays.” performed by the Boom Town Rats.

Many people don’t like Mondays, but is that a reason to start randomly shooting people?



Ancient History Alive: Alexander the Great

by Thomas Blackwell

Alexander III died at the age of only 32 in 323BCE. He ruled for only 13 years after inheriting a small, near bankrupt kingdom on the northern edge of Greece. Not exactly how the title of “the Great” is earned but that is exactly what Alexander was.

He earned this title for his military genius, he was undefeated on the battlefield enabling him to conquer the largest empire ever known. Alexander changed the course of history bringing together the Middle East, Egypt and the Greek world bringing about the Hellenistic age, one of the great ages of man.

He was loved and adored by the troops,whom he fought side by side with in his fiercest battles. He was also a flawed man, believing to be the son of Zeus, suffering megalomania who murdered some of his most successful generals and a master of propaganda.

All this add to the story of this amazing man.



Pray For Me An Intimate Portrait of Pope Francis I

by Francisco Diaz

His Life As A Priest, Bishop And Cardinal In Argentina. A View With Argentinean Eyes.

All you wanted to know about his personality, his beliefs, his deepest thoughts, his stand against political power and how local media reflected it.



The Little White Cloud

by Roger Anthony

A short tale about a Grandpa, Childhood and an adorable Fluffy dog.



The Garden of My Heart

by Seipati Tenyane

The Garden of My Heart is a non-fiction romantic novel. The book explores the experiences I have had in my love life. In the book I try to capture the feelings and emotions we (young girls and women) go through in relationships, especially in this changing world where we date well before our teen years…This book aims to help young women understand themselves. It aims to teach women (and possibly men) to love themselves and to really allow themselves to be in Love.



Approaches in Criminal Profiling: An Introduction (Student Guides Simplified Book 4)

by David Malocco

What exactly is criminal profiling and what are the different approaches used by police forces all over the world? Best selling writer David E. Malocco, author of Forensic Science: Crime Scene Analysis and How to Commit the Perfect Murder has published the fourth book in the hugely successful Student Guides Simplified series.

Following on from A Brief History of Criminal Profiling which deals with the evolution of profiling this book discuses, examines and analyses four different approaches to criminal profiling.

The Diagnostic Evaluation approach began in the 1950s with New York psychiatrist Dr. James Brussel being asked to input on two high profile cases, the Mad Bomber of New York, and the Boston Strangler. The first case proved to be a spectacular success with Brussel providing a classic text book profile right down to how the suspect dressed. But the failure of a high profile team of psychiatrists, psychologists and anthropologists to catch the Boston Strangler or even identify whether the authorities should be looking for one or more suspects damaged the credibility of the diagnostic evaluation approach.

The FBI then decided that a retreat to good old classic detective work was necessary and from this the Crime Scene Analysis approach developed. The author examines three serial killer cases where this approach was used, Richard Trent Chase, Gary Ridgway and Dennis Rader.

However, in respect of the above three case studies the profile for Richard Trenton Chase was accurate and the case was solved; the profile of Gary Ridgway was inaccurate and the profile did not lead to the arrest of the suspect; and in the Dennis Rader case the profile was ambiguous and it did not lead to the arrest of the suspect. The FBI continue to develop their model and currently take the lead in research on the development of criminal personality profiling.

But, while the FBI model of profiling still remains highly influential, another form of profiling, emanating from Britain, and called investigative psychology (IP), pioneered by Professor David Canter, is now beginning to rival and some argue, surpass, the FBI approach. Investigative psychology is now the new kid on the block.

The Investigative Psychology approach otherwise known as the statistical-research approach to criminal profiling, claims to be grounded in scientific methodology and, is based on the multivariate analysis of the behavioral and other crime scene data to infer the characteristics, and psychological process of the unsub.

Meanwhile, the fourth approach, Geographical Profiling, pioneered by Kim Rossmo appears to be the front runner with Police agencies around the world using several major software programs to perform geographic profiling tasks, such as Rigel®, Predator, CrimeStat, and Dragnet. These software programs can help in identifying if a series of crimes are linked, that is, carried out by the same offender or offenders.

Each approach is examined in detail making this book an essential introduction to anyone studying or interested in criminal profiling.



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