Are We Talking About Murder?

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

2569960I stepped out of my comfort zone in this week’s book and checked out Killers: The Most Barbaric Murderers of Our Times.  It’s a collection of true crimes written by Nigel Cawthorne that tells the stories of killers like Son of Sam, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and quite a few others.  Generally I’m not a fan of immortalizing criminals; why reward them with the satisfaction that they’ll be remembered long after they’re gone?  Plus I already have enough fictional murders in my head from watching television.  I made an exception with this book for two reasons: one, it was a bargain book at B&N and two, I’ve heard so many Dahmer references in the past few years that I wanted to know more about the story than just the basic fact that it involved cannibalism.

1840244852Each chapter of the book is dedicated to a different killer and their accomplice(s).  The chapters all start of with the basic stats of the criminal including accomplice, nationality, number of victims, method of killing, year born, reign of terror, motive, and execution date.  These stats vary of course based on what could be gathered from the crimes.  Reading through, it was hard to keep in mind that this wasn’t fiction.  Not because I can’t believe people are capable of such horrors but because it is put together based on crime reports and witness stories yet they have been written as if the author knows that’s exactly what happened.  This book definitely feels more like fiction and guesswork than hard-hitting nonfiction, especially in chapters like The Boston Strangler.  He is listed as Albert DeSalvo, but then in the stats portion it says that he was never caught or formally identified.  If you plan on checking the book out for yourself then you can draw your own conclusions based on the information that they did have, but for me even if there’s a tiny bit of doubt I’m not going to be fully satisfied that it’s the truth.

Unless you’re for some reason obsessed with true crime books or have an itching question about one of the killers in this book, I’d say this one is skipable.  I’m sure there are better true crime novels out there, and probably better ways to find out the facts about you killer questions.

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