Best law enforcement biographies according to redditors

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u/Retrolution · 38 pointsr/offbeat

So actual experts use the terms interchangeably, and there's some disagreement over whether there's any difference at all between the two, but the author has a definitive answer? Is he some kind of expert, or is he making it up based on Wikipedia and scary movies he's seen?

Edit: It's not mentioned in the article, but according to the info on the Amazon page for his book, he is indeed some kind of expert.

u/Cypher_Blue · 20 pointsr/ProtectAndServe

The FBI BAU (where the profilers are) is one of the most difficult to obtain jobs in the agency.

First you get hired as an FBI agent. Then you distinguish yourself in your field office doing "regular" FBI agent work. Then you start assisting them with cases from your field office after you have a few years on.

Then you can become a regional case agent for them. Most of that (from what I understand) is keeping track of files and sending information back and forth to the unit at Quantico.

Then if you do a good job there, you intern with them. This involves working with medical examiners and homicide squads in the DC/Baltimore area.

Then and only then can you "become a profiler."

So my advice is don't put the cart before the horse. You need to become an FBI agent first, so focus on that. Lots of really really smart and put together folks apply to them and don't get hired. You can worry about getting into BAU after you're hired.

There is a great book about the BAU that was written by John Douglas called Mindhunter that does a great job of talking about the unit and what it takes to get in.

u/prettymuchhatereddit · 16 pointsr/Qult_Headquarters

James fucking Patterson had already written a bestselling book on Epstein before Q even existed:

That was released in October 2016. These people are stupid.

u/DrRocknRolla · 15 pointsr/narcos

Ahora, malparido, escucha el patrón.

This really depends on a) how much you're looking to spend; b) how much you like her; and c) how grand a gesture you think you should make. Since that is up to you to decide, pendejo, I'm gonna throw the most over-the-top, exaggerated, overwhelming idea and you can turn it down a couple of notches if you want.

You ready, puto?

My idea is: make her a very own Narcos care-package.

First: find a nice, sturdy container. It has to look like something a drug dealer could use to smuggle coke/money in order to add to the character of it. You can use a small suitcase or a duffel bag, but the shadier it looks, the better.

Second: there is an infinity of books writter on Pablo Escobar. Arguably the most famous is Mark Bowden's "Killing Pablo" (Find it on Amazon), and that might be a good starting point. Another choice is "Pablo Escobar: My Father" (Find it on Amazon), written by Pablo's own son. Buy her one of those.

Third, you can buy her something from Escobar Henao, a line of clothing owned by Pablo's son. They have stores in NY and LA if you're in the US (oddly enough, they don't have any stores in Colombia).

Fourth, you can probably find a Narcos poster for sale. The best bet would probably be an online store.

Fifth, you can buy her a Medellín/Colombia travel guide. It should mention a couple of spots relevant to Escobar's history or places that show up at the series (such as the government palace, La Catedral, and probably the house where Pablo was killed), and I've heard Colombia is a beautiful country. The more it relates to the show or to Pablo himself, the better - if it gives you the address of Escobar's death house and/or mentions the neighbourhood he created, that's the one you get.

Sixth, try to find actual photos of news articles from Pablo's death (or any major events in Escobar history, such as the Avianca bombing, or anything related to the Medellín cartel) and print them out. Sort of like this one.

Seven, add a note. Something simple, possibly in Spanish (if you're not in a Spanish-speaking country, obviously), maybe "espero que te guste el regalo" ("I hope you like the gift"). Bonus points if you can fit in a famous quote from the series or a Spanish curse word in it.

Finally, grab some EDIT: (actual) sugar and put in a transparent plastic bag. It's the metaphorical icing on the cake. Throw that in just to make it look more authentic, even though it's fake. If you want to, you can put some wads of fake cash as well, but I think the sugar, a.k.a. fake cocaine, is the most important.

It's a lot of work (and probably a lot of money), but if you find it worthy, it might be a good idea to look at the whole package. Worst case scenario, you can use some of these individual items as suggestions.

Disclaimer: I borrowed the poster suggestion from u/wildwriting in a comment below. Additionally, I feel obligated to link you to u/Makensil1's post on Pablo-related content. Even though I was gonna link a couple of things from there, Escobar Henao hadn't crossed my mind. If that works, you have them both to thank.

EDIT: Added 6 & 7; added the fake cash idea; clarification on the fake sugar.

EDIT 2: holy crap, I've been gilded! Thank you so much u/danywanted for popping my gold cherry. I greatly appreciate it!

u/Only_Reasonable · 13 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

Walking with the Devil. The Police Code of Silence is a powerful thing.

u/JudgeHolden · 12 pointsr/worldnews

Agreed. At least not regular army troops. A far more likely scenario is that, as in the case of Colombian kingpin Pablo Escobar --convincingly documented for all but the most determined skeptic in Mark Bowden's excellent book, "Killing Pablo"-- the US will start sending Delta hit squads after the various cartel leaders. I don't think that will stop the violence --only a massive change in US drugs policy can do that-- but it might slow things down a bit and create some room for a rational discussion.

u/fellintoadogehole · 10 pointsr/LPOTL

If you are interested in FBI behavioral science, I highly recommend both the Netflix series Mindhunter, and the book it was based on, Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit. Fascinating stuff! I've been reading a lot of true crime books recently and after reading Mind Hunter it is fun to see FBI profiles mentioned. They can often be surprisingly accurate.

u/DeathNinja_McSex · 7 pointsr/Flipping

Be nice and send her a link to this helpful material that will be very useful to her and her brother.

u/253_raccoons · 7 pointsr/serialkillers

The book is called "Why We Love Serial Killers: The Curious Appeal of the World's Most Savage Murderers" by Scott Bonn and here is the amazon link to buy it!

u/9mmIsBestMillimeter · 7 pointsr/ProtectAndServe

> he said there hasn't been an ambush on an MOS like this in NYC since the 70s.

Yup, Black Panthers, I remember reading about that in Tales of the Stakeout Squad (great book, Cirillo is a hell of a character and knew a lot about gunfighting). I recall that they actually bombed station houses.

u/bonds7 · 7 pointsr/AskReddit

If you are truly interested in the lifestyle a cop/agent has to undergo to be initiated into a violent gang, i strongly recommend reading this book. Billy Queens story is absolutely incredible, and from someone who worked for a federal agency leading point on numerous undercover ground and air operations, i strongly recommend reading this.

u/ThereWillBeHugs · 6 pointsr/news

Underboss is great because unlike Hill's account in Wiseguy, Sammy the Bull wasn't an associate. He was a mademan and became underboss briefly towards the end of Gott's reign.

The Westies is fascinating because it details a crime org other than the Italian mafia.

The Born to Kill gang is another fascinating one. However, they weren't that organized.

The Man Who Made it Snow is about Max Mermelstein who trafficked cocaine in the 80s. He was involved in the events discussed in the doc Cocaine Cowboys.

Boss of Bosses is told from the FBI's point of view as they try to get Paul Costellano.

u/jisakujiens · 6 pointsr/NetflixBestOf

Excellent movie. Probably my favorite Pacino flick after Dog Day Afternoon.

The biography of Serpico by Peter Maas is also very good.

u/mariox19 · 5 pointsr/politics

Before you go indulging in that fantasy, read about the career of Frank Serpico.

u/bradrulez69 · 5 pointsr/serialkillers

I recommend these all the time, they are great:

Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit Its by John Douglas who founded the profiling unit for the FBI. Jack Crawford from the Silence of the Lambs was based off of him. Goes into all sorts of gory details and psychological analysis of well known and lesser known serial and spree killers.

Whoever Fights Monsters: My Twenty Years Tracking Serial Killers for the FBI Written by the guy who coined the term "serial killer." Advised Thomas Harris when writing the Silence of the Lambs. Similar book with a different perspective. Has a few more first hand interview accounts with other serial killers.

u/Animated_Cactus · 5 pointsr/ProtectAndServe

Out Of The Darkness And Into The Blue. I just finished this one up and it’s a great explanation of the mistakes you’ll want to avoid. It reads really easy because it’s a memoir with tactics added in.

u/guy_guyerson · 5 pointsr/TrueReddit

I ran across this, quick and dirty, but I was posting from memory of having read Mind Hunter 20 years ago.

"The FBI now include the types of cars that they expect offenders to drive when they draw up profiles.

In the 1970s, the serial killer car of choice was the VW Beetle, with Ted Bundy among the infamous fans since it was Hitler's concept car.

More recently, the FBI have found that "disorganised" killers tend to drive mini-vans, while organised offenders drive large saloon cars, coloured either blue or white, that mimic law enforcement vehicles. "


u/whirlinggibberish · 4 pointsr/ProtectAndServe

I read Shots Fired recently. It's focused exclusively on OIS but has some great interviews with the officers in it. The account of the firefight with the Tsarnaev brothers is absolutely insane.

u/CommodoreKitten · 3 pointsr/ifyoulikeblank

Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit. The author takes you through cases he has worked on over his career in a similar manner to Sacks

u/Nikcara · 3 pointsr/changemyview

If you're interested in more, there's a book called Mind Hunter. It was written by an FBI profiler, and (to paraphrase a line from the book) details how rape is a crime of power with sex as weapon.

It's an interesting book even beyond learning about how many rapists think. Creepy at times, but that's what you would expect from a book about the worst kinds of criminals.

u/AtomicTriangle · 3 pointsr/serialkillers

Check out the book: Why We Love Serial Killers by Scott Brown. He does an amazing job explaining the psychology behind it all from communities like us, to the media's love for them, to the collection of 'murderablia' and more. The author also features interviews with Dennis Rader and David Berkowitz to show an interesting juxtaposition between a remorseful vs remorseless killer; one paying penance and one who would kill again.



u/budo_joe · 3 pointsr/judo

I highly recommend this book for some entertaining stories of judo being used in real altercations.

The author is a cool guy as well. 😜

u/Dicknosed_Shitlicker · 3 pointsr/serialkillers

Yeah, I figure most of us have read the main books on the main serial killers like BTK. They go into Shirley Vian in a lot of detail in the BTK book.

u/[deleted] · 3 pointsr/

Do you mean Manhunter by Thomas Harris?

Harris reclusive, and hasn't explained how he was inspired to write about Hannibal. All we can do is speculate. Hannibal rising is a novel and I would regard it with the same gravity as Psycho IV and whichever Michael or Jason or Freddy movies depicted the "childhoods" of the monsters.

or do you mean Mindhunter by John E. Douglas?

u/yellowdart654 · 3 pointsr/politics
u/YungWannabeOptimist · 3 pointsr/UnresolvedMysteries

I personally liked Bind, Torture, Kill by a handful of reporters for The Wichita Eagle who told the BTK story from the inside.

But my all-time top 2 is In Cold Blood by Truman Capote and Columbine by Dave Cullen, and I can’t recommend either one of them highly enough.

u/Phaedryn · 2 pointsr/politics

Ahh, sorry. Misunderstood and got confused for a moment there :)

There is a good book called Killing Pablo, there is also a movie version (I believe you can find it on youtube as well)

u/Sporkicide · 2 pointsr/HannibalTV

The following list are books from retired members of the FBI Behavioral Science Unit - Jack Crawford's real-life equivalents:

Sexual Homicide - Patterns and Motives

Journey Into Darkness


Anatomy of Motive

Whoever Fights Monsters

Dark Dreams

All of them go into detail in describing how cases were analyzed to develop profiles of unknown killers, the different categories of killers, and how the thought processes of a serial killer work. It's not that they are evil incarnate or unpredictable violent beings - there is usually some kind of logic there that makes perfect sense once you realize that they just aren't playing with the same set of rules as everyone else.

If you just want to talk about manipulation:

Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking

u/foryourselfthink · 2 pointsr/videos

They never are comic book monsters though. I read a book on the B.T.K. Killer and it was the same situation, he lived a normal life, he had a family, he held some positions of authority at his workplace and his church. I'm glad his lack of floppy disc knowledge got him caught. The same thing with Ted Bundy or Gacy. It's pretty unsettling.

This is the book, it was written by four reporters who covered the story while it was happening.

u/DamnDirty_Ape · 2 pointsr/gifs

Los Pepes went after his family and associates, and that's what finally forced him to start making mistakes and he got spooked. Yes he was shot, but he committed several "unforced errors" because he was jumpy.

Also, check out:

u/TominatorXX · 2 pointsr/politics

Same story, 40 years ago:

Then, they tried to kill him.

The book about him is amazing. Should be required reading in school.

u/HexHoodoo · 2 pointsr/serialkillers

The book you want is this one by Roy Wenzl... lots of interviews with Ken Landwehr and others who were around during Rader's spree.

Rader's daughter Kerri is also writing a book:

u/Endangered_Robot · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Yea I've read quite a bit about them but the best one I've read was Mind Hunter This book was written by the God Father of catching serial killers and the guy who pioneered the FBI's methods to tracking and identifying serial killers to this day. Its a really interesting book and its really cool to see him recount some of the big name killers he had to track in the midst of their rampage.

u/DanHitt · 2 pointsr/DestructiveReaders

notes in doc.

Good atmosphere. I would read on.

I feel there isn't enough foreshadowing of things to come, though. (Except the ash storm, which I feel was glaring exposition and should be hidden better.) This can be done subtly to match the tone.

As rachel said, I (still) don't know how old elizebeth is. That must be attended to at once.

If Liz is the main character I need more of her character shown, especially in contrast to her father.

You have an odd turn of phrase or two.

On Hunting:

  • Full Metal Jacket - designed to penetrate armor, expands very little.
  • Hard Point bullet expands more.
  • Soft Point - Expands more and is the most common bullet for hunting.
  • Hollow Point expands the most and are considered the poorest at penetrating armor. They are also the least reliable bullet, jamming the most due to the physical characteristics that make them expand.

    This last point may be the reason your guy, an obviously experienced killer, might use a more reliable bullet knowing his perfect shot would still kill the animal.

    People don't usually aim for the head, as a miss is more likely, when an off shot at the heart still has a chance because there is a lot of area (that will still bring down the deer) to hit if you miss the heart. Considering your piece, a head shot might be fine for your guy.

    A head shot would demonstrate high skill and possibly some sociapathic tendencies. The goal is to stop the heart from pumping immediately, as panic in the deer causes the meat to taste 'gamey'. Plus, you have to run it down if you don't kill it which most people won't even do.

    The sight of the brains tasted bitter in Liz's mouth. Let's attend to this bit. First, you said she always came with her father, then fail to demonstrate this well.
    So... "The sight of splattered brains tasted bitter in her mouth."
    Should become "The sight of splattered brains always tasted bitter in her mouth.'
    You get it right in the next sentence, but imo it's too late and is also awkward because I doubt she would vomit every time, but if it always tastes bitter and this time she throws up--it demonstrates a growing dissatisfaction with her life in direct contrast to the love she has for her father.

    When Liz is handed the rifle it is the perfect time to SHOW us her experience...your simple statement of her putting it on her shoulder (telling us nothing whatsoever)wastes the opportunity.

    Overall i'd be interested to continue but would also have trepidations. I like that you understand the killer is a particular kind of person, but you sometimes miss opportunities to show this and other times don't capture him correctly. I think more research is needed here. Try the FBI profiling book, some others about special forces and some about killers of all sorts.
u/geared4war · 2 pointsr/television

I think I found it. Mindhunter by John Douglas.
> During his twenty-five year career with the Investigative Support Unit, Special Agent John Douglas became a legendary figure in law enforcement, pursuing some of the most notorious and sadistic serial killers of our time: the man who hunted prostitutes for sport in the woods of Alaska, the Atlanta child murderer, and Seattle's Green River killer, the case that nearly cost Douglas his life.

> As the model for Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs, Douglas has confronted, interviewed, and studied scores of serial killers and assassins, including Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, and Ed Gein, who dressed himself in his victims' peeled skin. Using his uncanny ability to become both predator and prey, Douglas examines each crime scene, reliving both the killer's and the victim's actions in his mind, creating their profiles, describing their habits, and predicting their next moves.

The stuff of nightmares and he tracked it down. Will be watching that one. And Stranger Things. I won't be sleeping much in October.

u/ThePlayfulPython · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

Picked up Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube as a Daily Deal from Audible.

There's a lot of wilderness survival, but there are also a lot of amazing relationships cultivated by the author throughout the book as well. I really loved it.

u/jewski_brewski · 1 pointr/pics

Awesome picture and welcome to the profession from a brother across the lake! I'd recommend you read this book written by a Kalamazoo cop. Lots of great tips and tactics for rookie officers. Work hard and be safe!

u/lumpy_potato · 1 pointr/explainlikeimfive

Read this.

It's an older book, but it still should give you a very well written perspective of how actual detectives handle crime. There are crime labs, there are forensics, there are things like Law and Order / CSI - but those shows are exaggerated, and what might take minutes in the show would take days or weeks at a real crime lab.

u/mechesh · 1 pointr/funny

you should read this Written by the FBI agent who basically invented profiling.

TL/DR...your statement is wrong.

u/arnnutrition13 · 1 pointr/worldnews

Somewhat of a Pablo Escobar? This could be the next season of Nacros😂

(Philippines Edition) Pablo Escobar book

u/ThisPromptIsThisLong · 1 pointr/UCSC is basically what the Netflix show of the same name is based on. I recommend both! The show has a lot of scenes reminiscent of the Silence of the Lambs interview scenes, which are amazing.

Edit: I now see that you know about the show, forgive me repetition of useless information.

u/NullOverflow · 1 pointr/ProtectAndServe

side note, if you haven't read the two books about his career, I highly recommend them. (His biography and his autobiography/memoir)

u/wrytagain · 1 pointr/Screenwriting

This is the book you want Mind Hunter You might say he wrote the book on the subject. Because he did.

u/thkuntze · 1 pointr/HelpMeFind

His brother's name was "Chuck Giancana", and he co-wrote the book Double Cross: The Explosive Inside Story of the Mobster Who Controlled America along with his son and brother's namesake "Sam Giancana".

As for the book name, The Boss of Bosses: The Life of the Infamous Toto Riina Dreaded Head of the Sicilian Mafia
Boss of Bosses: The Fall of the Godfather- The FBI and Paul Castellano weren't written by or about a "Giancana".

u/becksway · 1 pointr/AskReddit

The 1 percenters are the scary ones. I never knew that's what that tattoo meant until I read this book. You just have to be able to identify the tags on their vests and you realize they are all around you.

They pop up out of nowhere sometimes, living next door and what not - at least they do in California. A Hells Angel with a Filthy Few patch (denoting he has committed murder for the club) was in line in front of me at a pharmacy counter the other day.

u/CephalopodAlpha · 1 pointr/serialkillers

I might suggest going a different way. In order to get into the mind of a serial killer, it might be helpful to first understand some of the psychology behind the fascination. This book gives an excellent overview of not only why we as people get very interested in serial murder, but also dives into a lot of other areas that would be essential in authoring a story, in my opinion. I write as well and was glad to have discovered this book. You also might want to check out Ted Bundy: Conversations with a Killer, as this book offers a unique look not only into Bundy's mind, but also into the essence of serial murder in general.

u/compuhyperglobalmega · 1 pointr/movies
u/Freelancer47 · 1 pointr/todayilearned

> is the East Coast largely like that too

Well, Chicago is around 800 miles west of the East coast. We like to call the Great Lakes region "The Third Coast" LOL. But in regards to the East Coast- I haven't been north of South Carolina, Hilton Head area... so hard to say.

I've met people from the New York City area & I've heard "mixed reviews" of NYPD. Which sounds about right for a city of around 70 precincts. I new a girl who LOVED Pittsburgh & spoke highly of the police agencies there... though she's the only person I've met from Pittsburgh so take that with a grain of salt.

> The west coast seems more militarized and amped for engagement than other parts of the nation I’ve been in

Now I ain't an expert on the history of Police in America, but if I had to point the finger at a singular person it would be Daryl Gates, former Chief of Police of the LAPD. He was highly influential in the advancement of police strategies utilizing SWAT (LAPD was first in the nation to have a military-style Tac Team) which was the brain child of a USMC veteran & LAPD officer John Nelson... and was one of the biggest purchasers of police fleet vehicles in the early days of his leadership. His general idea was that it would be fundamentally better if officers could respond to calls faster: meaning less foot patrols & more patrolling via vehicle.

To summarize, from memory mind you, what was observed by Miles Corwin who authored the book "The Killing Season"... the nature of police work changed in a rather rapid fashion on the west coast, i.e. what other cities east of The Rockies had generations to adapt to in terms of crime & police response LAPD had maybe a generation to catch up.

Sorry, I prattled.

u/Donald_Moskali · 1 pointr/POLITIC

Nothing that Amy Robach said was an exclusive to ABC or was secret.

Epstein was arrested in 2006. Virginia Roberts Giuffre talked to the press in 2011 and the pictures of her with Prince Andrew were published then.

James Patterson, the famous novelist, published a non-fiction book about Epstein in 2016: Filthy Rich: A Powerful Billionaire, the Sex Scandal that Undid Him, and All the Justice that Money Can Buy: The Shocking True Story of Jeffrey Epstein.

When Epstein was arrested again this year, he was only charged with crimes committed before his 2006 arrest.

Here are just a few of many, many articles you could find on Epstein before 2016:

u/TheAccursedOnes · 1 pointr/conspiracy

Gonna just quote the user who had his comment removed by the mods for some reason...


> damn sucks I have no recollection of the 2016 story

Nothing that Amy Robach said was an exclusive to ABC or was secret.

Epstein was arrested in
2006*. Virginia Roberts Giuffre talked to the press in 2011 and the pictures of her with Prince Andrew were published then.

James Patterson, the famous novelist, published a non-fiction book about Epstein in 2016: [
Filthy Rich: A Powerful Billionaire, the Sex Scandal that Undid Him, and All the Justice that Money Can Buy: The Shocking True Story of Jeffrey Epstein](

When Epstein was arrested
again this year, he was only charged with crimes committed before* his 2006 arrest.

Here are just a few of many, many articles you could find on Epstein before 2016:

u/j0be · 1 pointr/ImaginedLife

This episode didn't recommend any additional reading for Pablo Escobar.

Over on /r/books, I saw "Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw" highly recommended by /u/lobotomyjones

Original comment:

> Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World’s Greatest Outlaw by Mark Bowden. This is the best book about tracking and eventually killing Pablo Escobar. And as Walter Jr. pointed out to Walter White, it focuses on the good guys, not the bad ones. Good companion book to Pablo Escobar: My Father written by Escobar’s son.

u/pattydo · 1 pointr/MakingaMurderer

If you are remembering that quote from Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit (, you are remembering it wrong. It states that serial sexual killers become skilled in "domination, manipulation and control". (key word being serial)

Again, it is far too nuanced to talk about it with such certainty. Are there people who get sexual gratification from the power they have over people in hose situation? 100%. More often than not most likely. But not always.

Here is a scenario. Drunk man takes home drunk girl and they begin to have consensual sex. But part way through, right before he is about to finish even, she wants to stop and expresses that clearly. He keeps going though. That is rape. But I wouldn't say that the motive was power over women. Another good example is spousal rape.

>Imagine holding down someone who's crying and pleading for you to go away, and forcing yourself on them sexually.

Rapes rarely happen like this.

Here are a couple sources on sexual gratification and rape:

u/Deradius · 0 pointsr/videos

>I would disagree with the guy up there who said this was a marksmanship shot, though.

The officer's marksmanship was considerably better than that of the deceased, I would contend.

>There's practically no way to hit a head sized target under stress.

Sure there is. This video is proof of that. It's a small, rapidly moving target, but it's no different than hitting any other ~ 6-8 inch circle under stress.

It's certainly not easy, but it's not impossible, especially at seven feet.

Here's Hickok45 hitting shots 3, 4, 6, and 7, and 11 of a 12 round string on a steel gong at 230 yards with a compact model Glock.

Now, a static range on a stationary target that isn't trying to kill you certainly isn't a proper simulation of combat. However, people also make headshots with regularity in USPSA and IDPA competition, where there can be considerable stress and pressure and moving targets (again, not equal to combat, I'll admit).

Combat evidence is sparse, but we do have this video (for one example).

Further, Jim Cirillo, veteran of numerous police involved gunfights, reports being able to see the serrations on his front sight before discharging a round in one gunfight.

Precision shooting, when necessary, is absolutely possible. It's just very difficult.

> your entire body works against it.

You get vasoconstriction in the extremities, some loss of fine motor skill, a slight hunching of the posture, tachypsychia, tunnel vision, auditory exclusion, and tremor.

But combat shooting is not bullseye shooting, and modern practical shooting systems (such as those used principally in USPSA and IDPA competitions) account for and incorporate the effects of stress in their methodology; Massad Ayoob, who has served as a chairman of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers (ASLET) among other distinctions, developed a system known as stressfire centered around just this principle, and it (and similar methodologies) work well.

>And no modern combat shooting training ever emphasizes headshots

They're absolutely included as a possibility in most of the major civilian training systems I've familiar with and in law enforcement training.

I know for a fact that Massad Ayoob Group covers them, and they're addressed in Tactical Anatomy.

John Farnam teaches the zipper method, which involves placing your shots in an ascending vertical line up the midline of the body; the natural conclusion of this progression would be the head, though it is admittedly the last targeted area.

The Mozambique drill, which has fallen out of favor lately (probably for its glorification by some media types and shady characters), also known as the Failure Drill, is included in some marksmanship manuals.

Not to include the head would be foolish, given the possibility of cover and/or body armor getting in the way, or the potential need for an 'instant stop'; the sort of shot that interrupts the CNS for decisive and instant stoppage when you need to (for example) prevent the assailant's finger from contracting on a trigger. (A hostage situation would be one such hypothetical scenario.)

I'll agree that the center of torso mass (or possibly pelvis) is preferable depending on the circumstances, but to say that 'no modern combat shooting training ever emphasizes headshots' is not accurate.

It's a tool that is absolutely included in the toolbox.

>The officer hitting the head was, in all likelihood, coincidence and luck (though his rapid reaction and ability to hit man was not.)

The great thing about being a practiced shooter is, if you pull shots off, you are more likely to pull them high or low (into the head and neck or stomach and pelvis) than left or right.

Whether the shot was directed at COM or head (we can't know that), it was good marksmanship on the officer's part.

Meanwhile, the rounds the assailant was firing were off target to one side, landing impotently on the side of the vest and the arm.