Going through the book, midway I notice that every story had me thinking of different ways to make it better.
I thought I better stop and start accumulating my questions and thoughts of each story. As you know, is easy to read a book in just couple of hours and then realise that there were many unexplained answers.
The Hillside Stranglers
Now the first story, I estimated that it really didn’t have to be there. The only thing I found interesting is how the murder reacted at the time of the arrest. Bianchi was nonchalant and cooperative, like he didn’t know what was happening. In the other hand Buono was opposite of Bianchi. He came across arrogant and rude to officers. Bianchi showed multiple disorders and he cooperated to take hypnosis sessions. Throughout the sessions and therefore afterwards Bianchi came clean and told the whole truth, which implicated his cousin Buono.
They both killed 12 people in L.A, 10 of those in a 6 week period.
Apart from that, the story wasn’t interesting. It didn’t have enough cause to captivate me. A story of two cousins killing without any worries that just got away with for way too long.
I give the story a 0 out of 5.
The Freeway Killer
While reading Mr Bonin story. Three things stroke me as odd, probably four. This story was the main reason I thought I should make a review of the whole book.
Q1. The book mentions that Bonin had two accomplices. [How were they convinced to assist Bonin in his killing spree?].
Q2. The analogue of specific murders reads as if the writer was a witness or took part of the murder, the fact that the writer doesn’t specify where they received the information just makes the whole analogue painful to read.
Q3. A neighbour heard screams coming from Bonin’s house ”like a horror movie” for hours. [When did they neighbour heard? Did the neighbour informed officials there and then or after Bonin’s arrest? And how did the writer acquired the information?]
Q4. Bonin was only caught because an 18yr old informed the police… again the writer doesn’t explain if the 18yr old was arrested and then decided to come clean or the person just decided to walk in to the station. Was the 18yr old involved too?
A1. Even though the book mentions just two accomplices. I was in utter shock, I wonder how on earth did he managed to persuade two different individuals. I had a look at Murderpedia to find out that in fact Bonin had four accomplices! It felt like I was blind for so long throughout my whole crime career. I know it reads odd, but it never occurred to me that several people had become criminals because they were lured to assist the actual serial killer, and then I thought to myself, what if other serial killers had co-defendants too and we know nothing about it?! ”Boom” my mind exploded. I think is because is not a subject that has been discussed in depth.
A2. There is no evidence the writer received that much information, the writer should have specified, it makes me think they writer just made it up for the sake making words on paper.
A3. Again no evidence from the neighbour, the story would be worse if the neighbour came clean after Bonin’s arrest, because that individual could have prevented years of murders.
A4. Murderpedia doesn’t inform either about the 18yr old. Bonin could have become one of the minority that got away with murder.
It is quite clear that Bonin’s serial killing spree started right after the war, the story started with the step by step of his legal injection. To the very end Bonin never broke, he didn’t show any remorse and it could be said that the reason was because the war shaped him that way. There is no question that the story could have been better executed. I don’t like fiction and it felt like that kind of book. I’m not going to lie it really sucked. To top it all off, the story is confusing and pure speculation without any backed up evidence.
For that reason I give this story a 2 out of 5.
The Lady Killer
Mr Bundy story wasn’t hard to swallow, in fact it was a story well executed with all 5 W’S. Mr Bundy was categorised as the kind of psychopath all psychologist examine for in their own patients. Bundy was smart and successful. He graduated in psychology and was studying a law degree. He was a volunteer to a variety of charities and campaigned for the Republican Party. ”I know, who has that much time?!”
He was as we all know, the hidden ”Perfect” individual. The one, that no one suspected.
I read about Bundy’s character in ”The Anatomy of Violence” by Adrian Raine.
Now Mr Raine book is mind blowing, I totally recommend it if you are interested in crime, psychopathy and the root of violence. I was tempted to write a review about Raine’s book, but I don’t have any negative feedback. All I have to say is a MUST read book for crime. It gives you an understanding of different individuals and what may trigger someone to kill.
Raine proves with diverse of different research; if is it in their genes, circumstances while growing up or even brain function, with proven cases of different serial killers and murderers.
Going back to Bundy, all through his killing spree, he kept calm. Bundy was interrogated couple of times and he always kept his composure. He only got caught because he let his guard down. Once convicted, he decided to represent himself. He tried to escape several times and finally succeeded. Now you would think that any individual, would have tried to stay away from crime, but he didn’t. He killed again, but this time it was sloppy and desperate. He left two victims alive, and left his biting denture on one of his kills, it was for that reason he finally got convicted to the electric chair.
Bundy once sentenced kept his ”innocence” statement and blamed the media for his malpractice verdict.
Bundy did tried to contact the families of the people he killed, to give them some type of closure, in fact he only did so just to prolong his sentence, but he didn’t succeed. At the very end he never showed any remorse, in fact he kept his mouth sealed.
I give this story a 4 out of 5.
The Rostov Ripper
Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo most known as the Rostov Ripper, was one of many serial killers that could have been prevented. At this stage and date, no one should undergo the same treatment he received throughout his childhood.
The story from the book again is very specific in certain killings, and as I mentioned before, I don’t know how the writer composed most of it.
Chikatilo once captured talked in detail about each murder- But not in the same way the writer explained as seen below;
”Andrei wiped the saliva from the corner of his mouth barely to contain his excitement ”
As the quotation above, we know that Chikatilo couldn’t have gone into so much detail.
During confession, he admitted to 36 murders and then after his confession, the murders went up to 53 that could be proven. The story portrayed Chikatilo as a cannibal & sexual predator.
He was an individual who changed due to his life experiences. From the book, we learn;
1. throughout his childhood he is told about his deceased brother that was killed due to the famine for the family to survive. Enable him to accept that in certain circumstances cannibalism is acceptable.
2. During the war, he witnessed his mother be raped by several soldiers, scaring him for life.
3. While in the army, Chikatilo himself was bullied and sexually raped by several soldiers.
4. After the war, he couldn’t perform and therefore it took him longer to conceived a child with his new wife.
Yes, Chikatilo after a horrid life experience, finished a university degree, found a wife, had kids and somehow he still ended up killing, bitting, eating and ejaculating on several cadavers.
By the book description, it was his only way to accomplish any sexual erection.
Chikatilo didn’t get caught earlier because his semen (AB) was a different type than his actually blood type (A). So even though he was questioned by police, they had to let him go, sadly he continued with his uncontrollable appetite. He finally got caught by acting. shifty with a strange woman.
The story was again so-so. I really wanted to know more about his family. The story demonstrated that Chikatilo was the kind of individual that should have had help from the very beginning.
Due to unfinished topics, I give this story a 2 out of 5.
The Candy Man
Unfortunately the story of Dean Corll was mostly about the day a kid called the police and found Corll dead naked at his own house.
The whole story was about the two young boy’s confession, How they assisted Corll with his mass killings. Because of the confession police was able to find around 23 bodies under the floor of a boat shed and another 4 bodies buried in other locations. Unfortunately, we don’t obtain nothing else other than the aftermath. The book doesn’t disclose Corll background. All we know is that he had two accomplices that were underage when Corll found them. Both accomplices helped in capturing other kids for his torture and kills.
For that reason I give this story a 0 out of 5.
Now most of these stories is delivered as fiction, because of the way the writer elaborates in most of the killings with specifics that a killer wouldn’t have remembered such as;
”Yelena pulled her collar up, put her head down against the chill wind” ” Andrei wiped the saliva from the corner of his mouth barely to contain his excitement” Pg42
This is a tiny example of what I have to deal with. Another subject that came to my mind was the ”accomplices”.
This is a new one for me after being such a fan of true crime. It made me think of the accomplices we are not been made aware of.
The notion that few serial killers were capable to persuade people to assist them with their killing spree. I wonder HOW they were convinced. What power the killer must have had on the individuals. I know a few individuals might have had a susceptible intellect, or frail nature, but even so I wonder how they were persuaded to join in.
What if there is more out there than haven’t come out to the light?. What if they got caught up under the moment? I do wonder quite a bit but, I haven’t expanded further than now.
On my next story I will write about:
The Milwaukee Monster
The Stockwell Strangler
The Brooklyn Vampire
Pogo The Clown
The Planfield Butcher