Dancing with Demons is Tim Watson-Munro's explosive memoir, a tale part-Wolf of Wall Street, part-Rake and wholly fascinating in its insights into modern evil and the minds of the people we share our world with.
'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...
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Published: 27th June 2017
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia