Urbane Publishing announced they were pulling Paul Harrison’s 2018 book Mind Games: Inside the Serial Killer Phenomenon on Friday after sources cast doubts on Harrison’s claimed encounters with serial killers like Ted Bundy and Peter Sutcliffe. All proceeds from the book will be donated to charities supporting victims of violent crimes, the publisher reports.
Harrison, a former police officer, claims to have “worked closely” with the FBI at Quantico, Virginia as part of their Behavioral Science Unit; however, seven agents reportedly denied ever knowing Harrison and disputed the author’s claims that he interviewed John Wayne Gacy and Ted Bundy.
Harrison also claimed to be present at Kray Twins crime boss Reggie Kray’s deathbed, a fact the Twins’ former hitman disputed.
“Like everyone who worked with Paul Harrison, the attendees to his talks and the readers of his books, we are very concerned by these revelations and are currently seeking clarification before deciding what further action to take,” Urbane said in a statement. “However, with immediate effect we will be withdrawing Mind Games from sale and endeavouring to remove all stock and details from every relevant retail channel.”
Harrison is the author of 30+ books and frequently gives talks on serial killers; however, all upcoming events have been canceled.