Saturday, September 23, 2017

Book Review: 'The Serial Killer Books' by Jack Rosewood


Florida author Jack Rosewood inherited his fascination for heinous crimes from his father, a journalist covering major grim crimes such as Ted Bundy. He is fascinated with serial killers – their development psychologically, their preparation for their life of crime, and the details of how they made their bloody black marks on the world. Jack moves away from his intensive studies of serial killers to explore current crimes most of which are discoveries for the reader – even the Jack Rosewood reader! He is joined by co-author Rebecca Lo with whom he has published three other collections - TRUE CRIME STORIES: TRUE CRIME ANTHOLOGY - and together they survey SERIAL KILLERS – electing to share the incredulous horror of fifteen serial killers.

Jack Rosewood opens a new door to reveal more of his expertise on his ongoing research and writing about true crime. He has created a new series – THE SERIAL KILLER BOOKS – in which he surveys 15 famous serial killers whose stories continue to terrify the public. As one who has read all of Jack’s books it is with eagerness that this new series is approached. For those new to his prowess, Florida author Jack Rosewood comes by his obsession for heinous crimes from his father, a journalist covering major grim crimes. He is fascinated with serial killers – their development psychologically, their preparation for their life of crime, and the details of how they made their bloody black marks on the world. The movie star handsome Rosewood lives in Jupiter, Florida with his wife and two children. And now on to this exciting (if heinously terrifying) book he has named THE SERIAL KILLER BOOKS!

Preparing for his new examination of the diabolical history and psychopathology of these ‘new’ SERIAL KILLERS Jack offers a fine Introduction. ‘When we explore the world’s underbelly, we find people who can willfully commit the most heinous of acts, seemingly without batting an eyelash or thinking about the repercussions. These are the killers whose stories are so unforgettable, so terribly heinous that it’s hard to imagine that we share the same earth, breathe the same air, walk the same soil. Some are unable to control themselves, some are acting out based on either real-life abuse or perceived slights that have set them on a course for revenge and some are just savages, made even more violent when they found a partner who shared their same sick sense of fun and games. This diverse anthology of serial killer stories gives added insight into some of the most horrific people to ever make headlines– killers whose stories are the ones that have already stepped into your nightmares. A collection that brings numerous killers between two covers– Ted Bundy, Aileen Wuornos, John Wayne Gacy, Charles Starkweather and his sidekick girlfriend Caril Fugate– this is the book for true crime lovers who want to know more about the killers whose names they already know, with some surprises thrown in to keep things interesting. This book explores 15 different types of crimes and killers, looking at men who murdered their families– some thinking they were in all reality doing them a favor– murders that happened on Christmas, forever destroying the revered holiday for the survivors, and crimes that were so strange it’s difficult to believe they could have happened at all. Whether psychotic killers, female serial killers or prolific killers, we’ve delved into some of the most familiar cases and some lesser-known cases to give you a glimpse of the levels of evil that may lurk just outside your door– or in the room across the hall.’

The serial killers of the collection are John List, Charles Lawson, Katherine Knight, Albert DeSalvo, Jesse Poweroy, John Wayne Gacy, Aileen Wuornos, Gary Ridgway, Ted Bundy, Andrei Chikatilo, Dennis Rader, Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate, Gary Gilmore, H.H. Holmes, Richard Speck, and a bonus chapter that discusses famous hate crimes.

Jack has done his research so that all the facts are straight, but the real success of this collection is his intense writing style that is wholly mesmerizing. Another indispensible volume of the mad side of the brain of serial killers. Grady Harp, April 17







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