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The Chicago Killer

The Hunt for Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Narrated by: Joseph R. Kozenczak
Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, True Crime
3.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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The Chicago Killer: The Hunt for Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy is the story of the capture of John Wayne Gacy, as told from the perspective of the former Chief of Detectives of the Des Plaines, Illinois, Police Department Joseph Kozenczak. The conviction of Gacy on 33 counts of murder is significant in the annals of the criminal justice system in the United States. Two articles give the listener a comprehensive insight on the use of psychics and the lie-detector in a serial murder investigation.

©2003, 2010, 2011, 2014 Joseph R. Kozenczak and Karen M. Kozenczak (P)2015 Karen M. Kozenczk

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Interesting but Slow

Kozenczak’s firsthand account of the Gacy investigation is, undoubtedly, interesting and unique. Some details contained in this book are widely known, having been repeated ad nauseam, while a few others have only been known to Kozenczak. So there’s no question that the author’s point of view in this book is worth consulting when researching Gacy.

On the other hand, I found the reading/performance to be quite slow. I understand that some authors prefer to narrate their own books but Kozenczak was a cop (and a great one), not a narrator. This book would have held my attention much more thoroughly with a different narrator.

Overall, I give it 4 stars, almost solely because no other person on this planet had the relationship with Gacy that Kozenczak did. I’m grateful that he shared his story before his death but do wish he would have permitted someone else to read it aloud in his place.

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Sometimes okay, sometimes tedious

The author spends a lot of time defending the police department's use of psychics, which I found a little unsettling. I also thought that the author would have been better suited having a professional narrator instead of reading it himself. It was sometimes pretty tedious to listen to, which is a shame considering the interesting subject.

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want more

I was hoping to learn more about the victims , of the 33 victims there was only minimal info on most.

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  • Andrew
  • 06-19-16

Good book

This book is excellent and provides a great insight into the hunt and investigation of John Wayne Gacy