"The murders must be random, highly simplified, with no elaborate tortures, no exotic locations, no manipulated crime scenes or messages left behind for the cops and media. Every murder must occur inside the residence of the murder victim." (The words of the infamous Chatsworth Killer)
From 2003 to 2006, a series of 14 brutal murders summoned the deepest fears in the hearts of everyone living in California's San Fernando Valley. The killer behind the murders would become known only when he turned himself in to authorities in 2006, confessing to the murders and declaring he had "proof" that "emptiness" and "informational symmetry" made random crime impossible to prevent in modern-day society.
While the subsequent investigation and trial that led to the Chatsworth Killer's life imprisonment have been well documented, the man-monster himself has remained silent - until now. With elaborate legal agreements in place to ensure the killer cannot profit from the resulting book, writer-philosopher Emericus Durden undertook a series of interviews with the man over several months in 2010. The result is Two Heads Equal Two Hands, the first and only account by the serial killer himself of what he did and why he did it.
Would you consider the audio edition of Two Heads Equal Two Hands to be better than the print version?
I have not read the print version.
Who was your favorite character and why?
It would have to be the killer. His intellectual (and he is extremely smart) seems at odds with his distorted thinking. The others make too brief an appearance.
What about Aaron Clawitter’s performance did you like?
i thought he was great! His voice had the right mix of seriousness and irony for the story. But he whistled his s's which was very annoying until you got used to it.
What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?
It was interesting how the killer diferentiated between psychopathy and mentl illness.
Any additional comments?
The words of a serial killer of 14 people (and two others later on.) He is extremely intelligent and well educated and one senses he comes from a rich family. His reasoning is certainly delusional and sometimes hilarious (whether intentional or not.) From simply having a nihilistic point of view, his life unravels as he stops working, abandons his apartment for life on the streets, and decides to kill more people. He especially likes to walk around his victims' mansions after he murders them. The police are clueless as to who he is because he's figured out that if he kills completely at random, leaves no evidence, and doesn't brag, he'll never get caught. He seems obsessed with the idea of asymmetry (thus the title) and he aims to fix this by killing only strangers (he can change their lives while they don't even know who he is.) He is a psychopath (not necessarily a bad thing), logical, and wants to be a teacher to society. He does not have a real mental illness like schizophrenia. Whether this is a real person, I don't know. But it is presented as a true story and is a very entertaining one either way. I would have given it 5 stars but I would have liked more of a background to this story and more about this killer. This would have made it seem more real to me.