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Julian C. Segal
5.0 out of 5 starsA diverse collection of compelling stories.
Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2020
I really liked the variety of locations, villains and time periods in this collection. Rather than going for “the usual suspects “ in serial killing, Mitzi Szereto has put together an eclectic collection of hair raising tales that will have you gripping your chair and looking over your shoulder. Featuring international authors and set in Japan, South America, the English countryside and other locations. All of the short stories are well written. The authors get into the history, psychology and childhoods of some of the grimmest characters to walk the earth. I find this sort of reading fun.
Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2019
Love that this was mostly tales of serial killers unknown to me. Both men and women. Serial killers all over the world -- in America, Canada, Japan, and Europe. If you're a fan of serial killer stories, get this book.
Reviewed in the United States on September 7, 2020
This is a book you won't want to put down - be prepared for hours of entertainment & thrills. The first in a series by Mitzi Szerto, this is your book if you are a fan of true crime, mysteries, horror or forensics.
5.0 out of 5 starsDo you really know the person next to you, or next door to you, or even at the event you're at????
Reviewed in the United States on January 5, 2020
Mitzi Szereto – The Best New True Crime Stories: Serial Killers – Reviewed 1/5/19 – Read 1/2-3/20
When you look back over history you will find death but at the hands of whom? Bringing together some of the most prominent authorities on serial killers, crime writers, true-crime podcasters, journalists and experts in the dark crimes field, all giving their expertise in each of their fields to bring this book to life. History has given us killers like Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, and Jeffry Dahmer but even further back we have the Victorian period of William Palmer, known as the Rugely Poisoner, with as many as 15 victims, another being Jack the Ripper in 1888 and many others.
The US FBI state that 67% of serial killers are from right here in the USA! But, in another report from Virginia’s Radford University and Florida Gulf Coast University, they state that there is a decline in those figures. So many things could have changed this as we leap forward in our forensic science. Better trained and equipped police forces, and even to the fact that the public is aware more today than ever, that there is the possibility of them among us in our daily lives.
This was not written to make famous or glorify the killers but to bring forward yet again that they do exist right here and now. Experts have no clue as to what makes a serial killer or when it would start. It could be even a minor event that triggers the deep-seated desires to set them off. Many are from sexual frustrations or parental abuse to even bullying from peers. No one knows for sure and each case study is on an individual basis. We are made aware that we are not even safe from our physicians or nurses as the author listed several that killed many through lethal drugs.
What did I like? I am not a gruesome seeker by any means, but I am a person that likes to know what is going on around me. I like everyone else in the world has heard about serial killers all our lives in one way or another, newspaper, radio or word of mouth. I was quite surprised by several of these accounts listed in this book. I did a little search on Wikipedia, and I found this link that starts out listing serial killers as far back as 331 BC. Now that was a shocker!!! Even one that lists them by the number of victims. When I was searching for clipart to go with this review I found one of a woman serial killer. She looks just like the woman that might be part of the carpool or next door but she was a serial killer dubbed the “CafeMom” Karla Homolka, along with her husband Paul Bernardo killed 3 women, one was her own sister. They drugged and raped the 15 yr old and she was believed to have died by choking on her vomit from the drug. I think that everyone should read a book like this one. We all need a shock in our way of thinking that we are safe in our own environment. Our own little world is really not that safe after all.
What will you like? The research that went into the book shows on every page. The details are gruesome but thurl. The interviews in some cases are shocking but interesting. Some of the methods of killing are rather inventive and some are just really weird! The shocking answers as to what set off the killers are incredible. Some of them, you just would have shaken your head, and forgotten, are just the things that lead to so many deaths. It will really make you wonder what has happened in the world, that there could be so many cruel and demented people walking among us??? I know that I will be more attentive to things around me, my medicines and many other little things that I would have never thought of before reading this book. A very interesting and informative read!!!
5.0 out of 5 starsThe Best New Crime Stories Small Towns pack a wallop into a bite sized offering.
Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2020
For those like me who are long on true crime and short on time, Mitzi Szereto’s call for submissions to this anthology has delivered a bounteous collection. Afficionados of the genre dig into the backstories of the twisted minds of killers. Though short, a story per chapter, these narratives pack a wallop into a bite sized offering.
Shed the idyllic images of small town life, simple and safe in quiet rural areas. Leaving the big cities and urban hotspots behind? Better take your window grills with you. Bizarre crimes from small towns all around the world – Wales, the United States, Trinidad and Tobago, and more – will have the reader checking the locks and jumping at every sound.