WOW… if you like true crime books, this one is a MUST!!!
This book is well written by Pete Earley and the Audio book was narrated by Alan Sklar, one of the best narrators around.
BUT BE WARNED - this is not just a true crime book and IT IS NOT for the squeamish. This Book is not what you would first expect, as it is so much more. As a reader you are drawn into the minds of these monsters, murderers and rapist like no other book has. This book is filled with actual brutal letters from serial killers describing their crimes in graphic detail & detailed conversations with the serial killers themselves.
It is a true story about a young man Tony Ciaglia, who as a teenage was in a horrible accident which resulted in a Traumatic Brain Injury. It takes you through the compelling, unusual, and strange biography of Tony’s Recovery and the effect this had on his family and the after effects that defined the "new" Tony.
Tony emerged from the coma having to learn how to walk and talk again, his thoughts and emotions were erratic and violent and he now had to take pills to try and control these new dark emotions. Shunned by his friends, an outcast to his peers Tony attempts to understand this darkness and make sense of his life now and he started writing to serial killers. These serial killers stated writing back and the traumatic bran injury and the dark emotions allowed Tony to talk to these dangerous psychopaths on their level and they became BFF’s in a sense. These monsters soon were revealing to him heinous details about their crimes, and eventually even crimes they’d never been convicted of. Tony eventually used this gift to aid in solving a murder, which leads to Tony launching his own searches for forgotten victims with clues provided by the killers themselves.
What I took away from this book is a deep respect for the courage shown by Tony's family. They did not judge him; they made it easy for him and made this a part of their daily lives.
I had to stop listening. I'm not weak of stomach, but I felt dirty listening to the depravity.
I felt bad for the guy with the TBI and his difficulty finding people to connect with. But as person who has studied serial killers for a long time I found this book so unnecessary and gratuitous in its descriptive and graphic vulgarity. I am not sure why this guy would be called a "serial killer whisperer," Anyone could have elicited these kinds if details from these killers. He just gave them an audience by asking questions and asking for more and more detail. He gave these serial killers a gift by paying attention to them.
Getting inside the brains of serial killers
Yes, when Tony realized his purpose
I wasn't sure I was going to like the book at first because I expected to get right into the serial killer letters. It took a bit to get past Tony's story, but it was worth the wait.
The book lingers on the graphic sexual violence, trying to illustrate how depraved these killers are, but I felt it was unnecessary to put so much detail into the book. Since most of the readers are not serial killers, a little bit goes a long way toward making the point. And if a reader is a serial killer in a prison somewhere, this is like pornography to them. I wish the book would have focused more on how Tony and his family, through the relationships they had established with the SKs, helped families of the missing, and how it helped Tony realize his goals of having a useful life.
I was stunned that his parents would let their child write to serial killers, let alone become so involved with so many. I found it interesting that the SKs were still so manipulative even behind bars, after all those years. I understand that Tony was initially so interested because he was afraid that he was potentially a serial killer, and over time he realized that in spite of his brain injuries he would never evolve into a killer.
There was no "scene" which was my favorite, but I am glad I finished the book because Tony finds something useful to do with his bizarre relationships with these deeply disturbing people
It has actually put me off reading mysteries with sexual violence in them.
DJW in San Diego
This is a complex, disturbing, and ultimately vindicating story of a young man who, as the result of a head injury, developed a consuming interest in serial killers and their minds. The author himself attributes his success at probing the minds of these killers in part as a loss of the normal judgement that humans make about these monsters. A look into the mind of the homicidally obsessed is always valuable, and this young man has a lot to teach us.
Say something about yourself!
This book was very graphic! It was interesting but I don't think anyone should hear the horrible stories the serial killers in this book told! Wish I could un hear it!
Be careful on this one. I have read a lot of true crime stories but this one takes the cake! OMG!!
Yes if you can handle the details
Yes I had a hard time putting this one down
Crazy Dog Lady
The story was not what I expected. After suffering through the gore and sick delight the killers revealed in retelling their stories, I expected a more substantial ending than finding a few clues about more of their carnage.
Not true crime
Yes, same. He does a good job.
The feel good part of this book is how Tony's family stands behind him.
I like nonfiction, biographies and the occasional novel. BUT I can not pass up a good mystery, crime novel, or really great suspense plot. I am fascinated by an author's creative ability to interweave twists. Since Flynn's 'Gone Girl', the bar for a completely unseen game-changer is pretty high! Challenge extended :)
It was interesting because it did include cases I had seen or heard brief details on throughout the years on different true crime shows. But to truly be able to step into the mind of killer guard down is a different animal all together. Truly sickening and beware it is extremely descriptive and gory from a serial killers perverse own recollection.
I haven't so I can't compare
When they are in the car leaving a visit at a max sec prison and the distant crime story aspect is gone and now any pity he felt for the SKs was gone and focus was again on the Victims & families
Yes but only once! I'm truly amazed at how the killers rationalized or excused their crimes. Sometimes even claimed they were doing them a favor
Narrator kept me listening. Excellent performance