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The Roundtable

The Psychiatrist, The Mad Bomber, And The Invention Of Criminal Profiling

Book Cover - Incendiary

Michael Cannell is the author of The Limit: Life and Death on the 1961 Grand Prix Circuit and I.M. Pei: Mandarin of Modernism. He was editor of the New York Times House & Home section for seven years and has written for The New YorkerThe New York Times MagazineSports Illustrated, and many other publications.

His new book is Incendiary: The Psychiatrist, the Mad Bomber, and the Invention of Criminal Profiling.

Grand Central, Penn Station, Radio City Music Hall ? for almost two decades, no place was safe from the man who signed his anonymous letters “FP” and left his lethal devices in phone booths, storage lockers, even tucked into the plush seats of movie theaters. His victims were left cruelly maimed. Tabloids called him “the greatest individual menace New York City ever faced.”