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Dancing with Demons - Tim Watson-Munro

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'Doc' Tim Watson-Munro is famous for his association with the infamous. As Australia's leading criminal psychologist he assessed over 20,000 'persons of interest' in some of the country's most notorious court cases, including Hoddle Street gunman Julian Knight, corporate fraudster Alan Bond, Melbourne gangster Alphonse Gangitano and, more recently, many of Australia's first terrorist convicts.

But the frontline of psychology is not a world for the faint-hearted, and such close proximity to evil wrought a devastating effect on Tim's private life. He was a leader in Melbourne's 'Corporate Cocaine Set', a hedonistic lifestyle that quickly spiralled out of control and ultimately led him to a terrible crossroads in 1999 - first wife dying, second wife pregnant, best mate betraying him to cops, career in crisis and $2000-a-week drug habit out of control.

Tim put it all on the line, handing himself in to the police. He was arrested, deregistered as a psychologist and sent back to square one.

But Tim resurrected himself. Today, he runs thriving practices in Sydney and Melbourne. In fact, his low road provided him with even more insight into the minds of those he assesses. After all, when you're dancing with demons it takes one to know one...

About the Author

Criminal psychologist 'Doc' Tim Watson-Munro spent his formative years in Sydney and San Francisco. Educated at Sydney University, Tim rose to prominence as a pioneering prison psychologist at Parramatta Gaol.

During the 1980s and 90s he gave expert evidence in some of the country's most notorious court cases and appeared regularly in the media while chairing the Forensic College of the Australian Psychological Society.

After succumbing to illness and addiction, Tim was deregistered in June 2000, but returned to practise in 2004. Today he operates thriving offices in Sydney and Melbourne and is father to five children.

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Fascinating insight into the minds of high profile criminals

5

This extraordinary memoir, from one of Australia's leading criminal psychologists, Tim Watson-Munro, provides a rare and fascinating insight into the minds of some of Australia's high profile criminals such as Hoddle Street gunman Julian Knight, corporate fraudster Alan Bond, Melbourne gangster Alphonse Gangitano and the first convicted terrorist, Faheem Lodhi. Tim shares the highs and lows of his brilliant career, his successes and failures, with remarkable honesty and candour, including his drug addiction which knocked him down and threatened to destroy his life. To his great credit he had the courage to get back up in time to rescue his relationship with his kids and rebuild his career. A great read that is highly recommended!

Port Macquarie

An honest and interesting read

5

I loved Tim Watson-Munro's 'Dancing with Demons'. As a criminal law graduate myself, I found it incredibly interesting to hear about some of the testing cases Tim has worked on first-hand, rather than what we are presented through the media. Tim is very well spoken and a great writer, resulting in a book you don't want to put down. The most admirable feature of 'Dancing with Demons' was the honesty Tim has injected about his personal struggle with drugs and the ripple effect they have had on his life. He is very forthcoming with his journey and doesn't hold back. If you love true crime and biographies, you will love 'Dancing with Demons'.

Albert Park, Melbourne

Fascinating insight into the minds of high profile criminals

5

This extraordinary memoir, from one of Australia's leading criminal psychologists, Tim Watson-Munro, provides a rare and fascinating insight into the minds of some of Australia's high profile criminals such as Hoddle Street gunman Julian Knight, corporate fraudster Alan Bond, Melbourne gangster Alphonse Gangitano and the first convicted terrorist, Faheem Lodhi. Tim shares the highs and lows of his brilliant career, his successes and failures, with remarkable honesty and candour, including his drug addiction which knocked him down and threatened to destroy his life. To his great credit he had the courage to get back up in time to rescue his relationship with his kids and rebuild his career. A great read that is highly recommended!

Port Macquarie

Working with Criminals: Lessons for Us All

5

I knew Tim Watson-Munro as a young man. So when I heard he had published a book I was very keen to read it. I was not to be disappointed. Yes, I had a personal interest in learning about his life from the point at which our pathways had diverged. His story undoubtedly answered that need for me. However it achieved so much more. I gained insights into a variety of aspects of Australian society of which I knew so little. Some knowledge of our justice and penal systems, for example. I had often wondered what goes on behind the walls of Australian prisons. There were insights into the criminal mind as well. I could understand that appalling acts of violence can be committed by those who may suffer emotional and/or psychological problems rather than by appallingly bad individuals. In addition I learned of pitfalls which can mar even the lives of the most highly successful Australians. I could appreciate how workplace demands can wreak havoc with an individual's personal life. How those whose occupations require a degree of empathy with people society might regard as failures may suffer psychologically themselves. The curse that drugs can inflict on unwitting victims was made most apparent. The fact that divorce does not have to destroy once held emotions of love and respect I found most enlightening. Finally the fact that refugees should be treated as individuals and with a humanitarian spirit rather than demonised as they currently are is a lesson for Australians and their politicians. This book is easy to read being almost conversational in tone. Together with Tim's remarkable honesty in detailing the depths to which his life sank at its nadir I think this provides the book with a humanity which makes the perspectives he notes most compelling. Finally his recovery from that nadir provides us all with an optimism that with close family and friend support we can all triumph over adversity.

Phayakkaphum Phisai, Thailand

Part bravura, part pleading for our sympathy

2

Dancing With Demons by Tim Watson-Munro (Published June, 2017) This is a patchy read, part sensational, part informative, mostly anecdotal, with some so-called 'reflections' at the end. Even the image on the cover is ambiguous —the author faces the camera scratching his chin from a flashy red car sporting half a dozen bullet holes in the driver's door. We don't know what Watson-Munro's thinking; but our focus of course is on him. And like the book as a whole, this uneven theme — part bravura, part pleading for our sympathy — is held together by its author's continuous occupation of stage central. I don't know if Watson-Munro's attention seeking is self-conscious. He does say in the book's closing pages 'The primary lesson of my life, which I wish to share for those who are willing to listen, is to leave your ego in a box. Accomplishment is a transitory phenomenon, but connectedness and love for others is not.' (p.331) Pity Watson-Munro didn't listen to himself 300 pages earlier. He even then slips up two paragraphs later, momentarily pulling at our heart strings then throwing it away as he lists his children's 'transitory phenomen[a]': 'My greatest achievement has been that of fatherhood. I did my best, although I believe I could have done better. Despite years of c***, and primarily through the stability of Carla [his second wife], all of my children have excelled. Tom finished a double degree …' etc. etc.. Dancing With Demons then is an ambiguous read. On the one hand we are drawn by content, what is said; on the other by its teller, how it is said and whether it is to be trusted. Personalizing this another way: as a fellow mental health worker I am grateful to Watson-Munro for his exposé of some of the tragedies of drug dependency, especially in Melbourne; but I can't seem to help feeling that his colorful narrative is tainted with brashness, emotive persuasion and authorial self-glorification. While of course we all celebrate (and congratu

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ISBN: 9781760552664
ISBN-10: 1760552666
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: 27th June 2017
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.6  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.52