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The Last Victim: A True-Life Journey into the Mind of a Serial Killer

It started with a college course assignment, then escalated into a dangerous obsession. Eighteen-year-old honor student Jason Moss wrote to men whose body counts had made criminal history: men named Dahmer, Manson, Ramirez, and Gacy. Posing as their ideal victim, Jason seduced them with his words. One by one they wrote him back, showering him with their madness and violent fantasies. Then the game spun out of control. John Wayne Gacy revealed all to Jason - and invited his pen pal to visit him in prison.... It was an offer Jason couldn't turn down. Even if it made him....
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Publisher's Summary

Dear Mr. Manson....

It started with a college course assignment, then escalated into a dangerous obsession. Eighteen-year-old honor student Jason Moss wrote to men whose body counts had made criminal history: men named Dahmer, Manson, Ramirez, and Gacy.

Dear Mr. Dahmer....

Posing as their ideal victim, Jason seduced them with his words. One by one they wrote him back, showering him with their madness and violent fantasies. Then the game spun out of control. John Wayne Gacy revealed all to Jason - and invited his pen pal to visit him in prison....

Dear Mr. Gacy....

It was an offer Jason couldn't turn down. Even if it made him....

The book that has riveted the attention of the national media, this may be the most revealing look at serial killers ever recorded and the most illuminating study of the dark places of the human mind ever attempted.

©1999 Jason Moss and Jeffrey Kottler (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Gregory S. Butler pit8695 04-11-13
    Gregory S. Butler pit8695 04-11-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Pulling the Covers back and Exposing True Evil"

    It is a true story of the autobiographical story of Jason Moss who wrote to serial killers and got into their psyche while doing so by intentionally fabricating stories to tap into their brain to get some insight that could explain their murders. Riveting, Scary and thought provoking. What this book uncovers is the the devils work in a personal setting. There is true evil out there and this book uncovers the shadows of the blackness that truly exist in not just the most commonly known serial killers, but from everyday people who walk down the sidewalk in front of your house.

    John Wayne Gacy we all know from what we have heard and read was a terrible person and a psychotic killer. But this book puts you in the same room with John Waynce Gacy and locks the doors. Gacy is a monster. But this book exposes him for the true monster that he really is and help seperates him from any prior thoughts you may a have a had about him. Yeah he is a serial killer, and we know he killed 30 something people and buried them under his house, thats common knowledge. But that really doesn't seperate him from the others right?? Well read this and you will change the way you think. This book also covers Richard Ramirez, Dahmer and Manson. Great stuff.....but listen to it with the lights on and whatever you do don't listen it before you go to sleep. You don't want to let these guys into your dreams at night. The only negative is the narrator who is terrible, but not enough to warrant a 5 star rating.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lee N. Williams Celina, TX 11-06-14
    Lee N. Williams Celina, TX 11-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great topic, Inventive technique, but lacks..."
    Would you listen to The Last Victim again? Why?

    No, because the story is not inventive, if the storyline stayed true to the great inventive way Moss gathers his information I would have rated 5 stars.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narration was okay, he does a great job changing his voices so you know who is talking, however the voices could have used some improvement.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just when Moss decides to share the details of the conversation/letters he received Moss would say it is to graphic to repeat... Ummm, I am an adult and isn't that why you wrote the book?


    Any additional comments?

    Author has a good attempt at writing a book, but he needs some maturity/seasoning on writing. I would recommend solely for the unique and inventive way he gathers the trust and information from his subjects.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl L. Ring 08-13-14 Member Since 2011
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    What did you love best about The Last Victim?

    It was an a creepy, scary and exciting glimpse into the mind of serial killers.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Thomas Fawley?

    I don't know, but I did not enjoy his narration. Found his voice very irritating. I almost quit listening, but persisted because of the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cathryn Perth, Australia 02-23-14
    Cathryn Perth, Australia 02-23-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Young fool goes looking for trouble - and finds it"

    The writer/main character in this book is an ego centric arrogant jerk who goes down a stupid course of action despite being warned by many many people that this could have terrible consequences. Foolishly, and with little regard for the danger he places himself and other people in, he ignores the warnings and it comes back to bite him. Who could have predicted that laying bait for serial killers with a mixture of lies, false compliments and pretending to be their perfect victim type could backfire??? At times interesting, mostly frustrating , this is an immature and foolish young mans story, in his own self righteous and short sighted words. If you read up about the writer after finishing the book you will find he became Gacys last victim in more ways than one.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Danvers, MA, United States 08-13-13
    Michelle Danvers, MA, United States 08-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Terrible book all around"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Protagonist came off as a spoiled arrogant brat. Narrator was awful. Hard to tell which was worse. Definitely do NOT recommend this book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Bunker Hill


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None at all


    Any additional comments?

    Horrible book all around. I generally like true crime and psychology, but I hated Jason Moss and the narrator. I had to force myself to finish the book because I really didn't care what happened to Moss.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    anne RICHMOND, CA, United States 06-25-13
    anne RICHMOND, CA, United States 06-25-13 Member Since 2011

    Artist, publisher/editor

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    "Too much gory detail - from a non-prude"

    The story focuses on the author's voice rather than on Gacey's deviant psychology. It is fascinating to see the 'why' and 'how' the author would set about doing what he did, putting himself in such a vulnerable position and how it as all accomplished. I did expect there would be more in terms of unearthing Gacey's own background. Instead, there's a LOT of lingering on the sexual and violent nature of the murders and not much to shed light on why Gacey might've been the way he was. I'm no prude but there was so much graphic detail that I skipped through much of that, not out of squeamishness but out of boredom. Again the author's story and his mind set is fascinating to read about.

    The narrator has a stilted quality but somehow fit the voice of the author and did like the reading quite a lot.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Troy Brandon, FL, United States 06-23-13
    Troy Brandon, FL, United States 06-23-13 Member Since 2008
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    "WoW!"

    Like the proverbial train-wreck, I could not put this book down. It is unbelievable the access this young man procured to some of the most notorious killers of our time. Unfortunately, the one-upmanship games he thought he was playing with these serial killers eventually contributed to his suicide. Some of the things he did for this access are mind-blowing and would affect anyone. In 2006, Jason Moss committed suicide likely as a result of the insight he gained into the killer mind. Fortunately, for us, he left an incredible look in the psyche of evil. I highly recommend it.

    As for the narration: because I listen to my books with the narration speed set between 1.5x and 2.0x, it was not that bad. I find that the faster narration speeds are more conversational. As a result, it was ok and, by a huge margin, far better than Allyson Johnson's narration of the Honour Harrington series which sounds like the old computer generated voices.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer East Brunswick, NJ, United States 07-18-13
    Amazon Customer East Brunswick, NJ, United States 07-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Horrible"
    Any additional comments?

    The narration is slow to the point that it is painful. While the books premise seemed intriguing, the author drones on and on about his childhood, not getting to the actual plot for quite some time. Try as I like, I just couldn't hang in there.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "An exercise in lunacy."
    What would have made The Last Victim better?

    To start with a less robotic narrator. While Fawley tries hard to play each part separately he fails and the pace is slow and monotone.


    What was most disappointing about Jason Moss and Jeffrey Kottler ’s story?

    I could not see past the main character's arrogance and blatant stupidity. The most common element that shines through is how Moss really love himself. He believes he is capable of trapping and training the mind of some seriously damaged, evil murderers and doesn't baulk at including his own younger brother in the mess it creates! The first 16 chapters are filled with this self love and I don't think I can put up with any more of this rubbish.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    If the correspondence between Moss and Gacy are factual then perhaps less pornographic examples and more detailing the whole mindset of the man might have redeemed something.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for a 'true crime' story I'd strongly suggest choosing something else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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