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11 Vulnerable Women...One Charming Predator To his neighbors, Anthony Sowell was a friendly and helpful former Marine who played chess and hosted summer barbeques. But they didn't know about his dark side -- or the gruesome secret inside his house. Sowell's secret life was exposed to the nation on Oct. 29, 2009 when a Cleveland Police SWAT team entered his house to arrest h 11 Vulnerable Women...One Charming Predator To his neighbors, Anthony Sowell was a friendly and helpful former Marine who played chess and hosted summer barbeques. But they didn't know about his dark side -- or the gruesome secret inside his house. Sowell's secret life was exposed to the nation on Oct. 29, 2009 when a Cleveland Police SWAT team entered his house to arrest him for an alleged rape. They didn't find Sowell, but they encountered a nightmarish scene -- two decomposed bodies in his third-floor living room. Eight more bodies were hidden throughout the house and buried in the back yard. In the basement, they discovered a human skull. All of the bodies were female and all appeared to have been bound and strangled. On Oct. 31, 2009, police captured Sowell, a sexual sadist who had served a 15-year prison sentence for kidnapping, raping and torturing a 21-year-old pregnant woman. House of Horrors reveals the shocking details of Sowell's depraved crimes and his twisted psyche. He preyed on neighborhood women, luring them to his home with alcohol and drugs. Sowell then murdered the women and lived among their corpses. At least five other women were attacked by Sowell, but managed to escape. After a dramatic trial in the summer of 2011, he was convicted and sentenced to death. In House of Horrors, readers are given a rare glimpse inside the mind of a serial killer -- through interviews with Sowell's neighbors and relatives, his surviving victims, and exlusive interviews with Sowell himself. * Includes 16 pages of photos and copies of Sowell's death row letters


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11 Vulnerable Women...One Charming Predator To his neighbors, Anthony Sowell was a friendly and helpful former Marine who played chess and hosted summer barbeques. But they didn't know about his dark side -- or the gruesome secret inside his house. Sowell's secret life was exposed to the nation on Oct. 29, 2009 when a Cleveland Police SWAT team entered his house to arrest h 11 Vulnerable Women...One Charming Predator To his neighbors, Anthony Sowell was a friendly and helpful former Marine who played chess and hosted summer barbeques. But they didn't know about his dark side -- or the gruesome secret inside his house. Sowell's secret life was exposed to the nation on Oct. 29, 2009 when a Cleveland Police SWAT team entered his house to arrest him for an alleged rape. They didn't find Sowell, but they encountered a nightmarish scene -- two decomposed bodies in his third-floor living room. Eight more bodies were hidden throughout the house and buried in the back yard. In the basement, they discovered a human skull. All of the bodies were female and all appeared to have been bound and strangled. On Oct. 31, 2009, police captured Sowell, a sexual sadist who had served a 15-year prison sentence for kidnapping, raping and torturing a 21-year-old pregnant woman. House of Horrors reveals the shocking details of Sowell's depraved crimes and his twisted psyche. He preyed on neighborhood women, luring them to his home with alcohol and drugs. Sowell then murdered the women and lived among their corpses. At least five other women were attacked by Sowell, but managed to escape. After a dramatic trial in the summer of 2011, he was convicted and sentenced to death. In House of Horrors, readers are given a rare glimpse inside the mind of a serial killer -- through interviews with Sowell's neighbors and relatives, his surviving victims, and exlusive interviews with Sowell himself. * Includes 16 pages of photos and copies of Sowell's death row letters

30 review for House of Horrors: The Shocking True Story of Anthony Sowell, The Cleveland Strangler

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kon R.

    This was a gripping tale that could have been better. The book itself falls flat in a few ways. There is a lot of repetition that reminded me having to write essays in high school to meet the minimum word requirement. I think if the author stayed with a chronological recount of the events that would have fixed that issue. The book also fails to discuss what was the possible guilty plea for the case and why was it not taken. The thing that really bothered me about this book was that towards the e This was a gripping tale that could have been better. The book itself falls flat in a few ways. There is a lot of repetition that reminded me having to write essays in high school to meet the minimum word requirement. I think if the author stayed with a chronological recount of the events that would have fixed that issue. The book also fails to discuss what was the possible guilty plea for the case and why was it not taken. The thing that really bothered me about this book was that towards the end the author refused to meet with the killer in person to get more details. It was obvious that Anthony Sowell wanted to meet with him and answer questions he could not over the phone. The author refused because he didn't want to pay $300. It's as if the author just figured he has enough to go on. What really ticked me off was that he included Anthony's letters to him regarding the meet up just to rub the reader's noses in it. For this reason I will be avoiding any more books written by the author.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Fishface

    This book made me so heartsick that I had to take a break from reading it for a while before I could finish. I learned more about the victims, more about their relationships to each other, and above all more about the timeline of events, filling in gaps I didn't know existed after reading Nobody's Women: The Crimes and Victims of Anthony Sowell, the Cleveland Serial Killer. The author was able to get farther into the nooks and crannies of the story than I dared to hope. Both the books I've read This book made me so heartsick that I had to take a break from reading it for a while before I could finish. I learned more about the victims, more about their relationships to each other, and above all more about the timeline of events, filling in gaps I didn't know existed after reading Nobody's Women: The Crimes and Victims of Anthony Sowell, the Cleveland Serial Killer. The author was able to get farther into the nooks and crannies of the story than I dared to hope. Both the books I've read on this case are more than worth your time, and I don't think you can have a good sense of the story without both. So many serial-murder cases involve finger-pointing at the police, saying they didn't take the victims seriously; this book shows you exactly why they felt this way. I came away even angrier at the plight of the surviving victims than I was already for the women whose problems are now over.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    This was interesting only in that I enjoy true crime stories. The story itself was disturbingly fascinating, but the book itself was lengthy and often repetitive. I actually quit reading 240 pages before the end, because the author was basically repeating facts from previous chapters and essentially recapping every conversation in the courtroom. I found it repetitive and dry with the only good points being statements from friends and families of the victims.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ronnie Cramer

    An interesting book, though it gets repetitive at times and the author mixes past and present tense throughout (often on the same page). Police in Cleveland were criticized for not investigating more aggressively (which is probably true), but there's plenty of blame to go around. Neighbors incorrectly assumed that a local sausage factory was responsible for the stench in the area (of course it was actually decomposing bodies in the killer's house); several women were attacked but escaped, then d An interesting book, though it gets repetitive at times and the author mixes past and present tense throughout (often on the same page). Police in Cleveland were criticized for not investigating more aggressively (which is probably true), but there's plenty of blame to go around. Neighbors incorrectly assumed that a local sausage factory was responsible for the stench in the area (of course it was actually decomposing bodies in the killer's house); several women were attacked but escaped, then didn't report the crimes or were otherwise uncooperative with authorities; despite obvious warning signs, the killer was able to entice victim after victim into his deadly lair by promising them crack.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mary Thoms

    A great read for true crime fans. For me, the author did an amazing job of maintaining objectivity and restraint in depicting the gruesome crimes of Anthony Sowell. We learn about the lives of Sowell's 11 victims, and the factors that led to their interactions with him, and their tragic fates, but the book doesn't rely on sensationalism. What I liked most was the weaving of the victims' lives with the life of Sowell. While we can never understand what drives a serial killer, this book sheds some A great read for true crime fans. For me, the author did an amazing job of maintaining objectivity and restraint in depicting the gruesome crimes of Anthony Sowell. We learn about the lives of Sowell's 11 victims, and the factors that led to their interactions with him, and their tragic fates, but the book doesn't rely on sensationalism. What I liked most was the weaving of the victims' lives with the life of Sowell. While we can never understand what drives a serial killer, this book sheds some light on the underlying causes.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ted

    "*** I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads *** ** The Giveaway was Listed By Robert ** * I received my copy on Wed Jan 16, 2013 * THANK YOU GOODREADS FIRST READS AND Robert! " "*** I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads *** ** The Giveaway was Listed By Robert ** * I received my copy on Wed Jan 16, 2013 * THANK YOU GOODREADS FIRST READS AND Robert! "

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gena Koehler

    A detailed and well researched account of the horrors of Anthony Sowell. One of the best true crime books I have read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Sillitoe

    Not as well-organized as it could have been.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    Be warned that the crimes described--several in great detail--are brutal, sexual, and hard to read. I was interested in the book because the crimes occurred not far from where we now live, and our local police, penal, and social services systems failed in their responsibilities to Anthony Sowell's victims. In 2009, 11 bodies were found inside or buried outside Sowell's home, all the victims of rape and strangulation. The women Sowell lured to his house were addicts, which made them more vulnerab Be warned that the crimes described--several in great detail--are brutal, sexual, and hard to read. I was interested in the book because the crimes occurred not far from where we now live, and our local police, penal, and social services systems failed in their responsibilities to Anthony Sowell's victims. In 2009, 11 bodies were found inside or buried outside Sowell's home, all the victims of rape and strangulation. The women Sowell lured to his house were addicts, which made them more vulnerable, but also meant that those who managed to escape alive either were not taken seriously or were too frightened to report Sowell's crimes; and it meant that family members who reported missing persons were brushed off by police, even as a clear pattern emerged. Rape kits went untested for years. The author profiles the survivors and victims with appropriate respect and makes clear that if white women had gone missing under similar circumstances, both police and media attention would have been much higher. The reporting is good, but the book needed editing--there's a lot of repetition, and tenses change randomly throughout. Read for a book group which the author will attend.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Charmaine Elliott

    A documentary. Yes indeed the author spent 3 years excavating facts to report. The result is probably a faithful account. Accuracy unfortunately seems to have won over creativity, imagination and insight. Would have preferred less pedantic timelInes and more commentary around the man's psyche, personality, motives etc. So many themes and incongruent events went unexplored. Cleanliness vs filth. Functional vs dysfunctional behavior. Family membership vs isolation etc. etc. A documentary. Yes indeed the author spent 3 years excavating facts to report. The result is probably a faithful account. Accuracy unfortunately seems to have won over creativity, imagination and insight. Would have preferred less pedantic timelInes and more commentary around the man's psyche, personality, motives etc. So many themes and incongruent events went unexplored. Cleanliness vs filth. Functional vs dysfunctional behavior. Family membership vs isolation etc. etc.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    This is a thoroughly written and informative book. This is a true crime book, so its based on facts, making the read a little intense at times. Some could learn a thing or two from reading this book. I have a degree in Psychology, and though I don't use it as those who set out in the field, I find having studied the mind caused me to stop being surprised by human behavior long ago. This is a thoroughly written and informative book. This is a true crime book, so its based on facts, making the read a little intense at times. Some could learn a thing or two from reading this book. I have a degree in Psychology, and though I don't use it as those who set out in the field, I find having studied the mind caused me to stop being surprised by human behavior long ago.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    Very interesting... I remember hearing about this on the news but had no idea it was this bad until I read the whole story...It was extremely well written, the descriptions and explanations draws you in and keeps your attention until the end.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Erma L. Williams

    Story of horror I remember when they found the bodies of Anthony Sowell. This is a easy to read well told book about the crimes and the man who added so much horror to Cleveland's history Story of horror I remember when they found the bodies of Anthony Sowell. This is a easy to read well told book about the crimes and the man who added so much horror to Cleveland's history

  14. 4 out of 5

    Laura Parkinson Klaine

    True Crime for Real Was very well written account of this serial killer’s crimes and trial. It is horrifying how long he operated. My heart goes out to the friends and families of the poor murdered women and the survivors who have to heal from what happened to them.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tyson E. Dewsnup

    Very interesting, comprehensive story. But, it was quite redundant in several areas. I kept looking back to see if I'd read that part before. Very interesting, comprehensive story. But, it was quite redundant in several areas. I kept looking back to see if I'd read that part before.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jasmin Danielle

    The book repeated itself a lot which made this an annoying read

  17. 4 out of 5

    Wonderbread

    Captivating horrific story well researched and well written by the author. I have read so many of these true crime books and it just boggles my mind how long killers like this can continue to apply their trade and no one puts two and two together. Why does his home smell like dead rotting carcasses? Must be the clean, well run sausage plant down the street that neighbors never complained about until he moved in. How many neighbors have to be seen visiting with this guy just before they disappear Captivating horrific story well researched and well written by the author. I have read so many of these true crime books and it just boggles my mind how long killers like this can continue to apply their trade and no one puts two and two together. Why does his home smell like dead rotting carcasses? Must be the clean, well run sausage plant down the street that neighbors never complained about until he moved in. How many neighbors have to be seen visiting with this guy just before they disappear forever before someone lines up the dots??

  18. 4 out of 5

    Chuck Thomas

    Robert Sberna provides a well researched and very detailed book about Anthony Sowell and the rapes and murders he committed at his home at 12205 Imperial Avenue, in Cleveland's Mount Pleasant neighborhood. If you enjoy reading true crime books, you will enjoy this one. But be warned, often times the book goes into graphic detail about the sexual assaults that occurred. If you can stomach those details, you'll be fine. In my opinion, I think Sberna had to include those details because it gives th Robert Sberna provides a well researched and very detailed book about Anthony Sowell and the rapes and murders he committed at his home at 12205 Imperial Avenue, in Cleveland's Mount Pleasant neighborhood. If you enjoy reading true crime books, you will enjoy this one. But be warned, often times the book goes into graphic detail about the sexual assaults that occurred. If you can stomach those details, you'll be fine. In my opinion, I think Sberna had to include those details because it gives the reader a full understanding of the unmistakably distorted mind of Sowell. The author covers all the bases in the book: Sowell's childhood where he witnessed his Mother and Grandmother beat the children in their house, Sowell's time in the Marine Corps which included his deviant sexual acts committed in Japan, his prior rape in 1989 and subsequent 15 year prison term, his relationship with a woman he loved, and finally the rapes and murders of 11 women he committed between 2007 and 2009 and his arrest, trial, conviction and death sentence in 2011. The book really excels when Sberna dives into the histories of Sowell's 11 murder victims, along with the 3 women he assaulted but didn't kill. As an intelligence analyst who has worked on homicide investigations before, I thought this "victimology" was well done. Anthony Sowell was a textbook serial killer in the sense that he sought out victims who lived a certain lifestyle: black female, criminal history, addicted to drugs (specifically cocaine), and had little or no family support structure to depend on. Just because these women lived this particular way doesn't mean they deserved to die. I commend Sberna for telling the stories of the women who were victims and the children and family members they left behind. In the future, it will be imperative for law enforcement, social services organizations and the community to develop plans to help women who are "at risk" of being targeted for these types of crimes. Finally, I appreciated Sberna's meticulous collection of facts that were used for the book. It definitely lends credibility to his story. All in all, an excellent book covering a horrific series of events in the history of Cleveland crime.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Geneva C. Elkins

    Addicted women treated with decency. Story well told and researched well This book really fascinated me. As one reviewer bluntly stated "drugs!!!" I certainly have to agree. As a recovered alcoholic/addict for 11 years and not a psychiatrist, my lowly opinion is Sowell was eaten up with resentment and his brain by drugs. Most people cannot fathom the intense soul sickness of addiction which is the root of addiction. From the stories of his childhood to his time in the marines, he sought no help a Addicted women treated with decency. Story well told and researched well This book really fascinated me. As one reviewer bluntly stated "drugs!!!" I certainly have to agree. As a recovered alcoholic/addict for 11 years and not a psychiatrist, my lowly opinion is Sowell was eaten up with resentment and his brain by drugs. Most people cannot fathom the intense soul sickness of addiction which is the root of addiction. From the stories of his childhood to his time in the marines, he sought no help and became a drug addict and further poisoned his mind and soul. Intense hatred toward women, and according to stories of seeing his nieces stripped and beaten was a terrible set up to develop a very deep seated and twisted mother of resentment. In that house? how did he live with those bodies? yes, alcohol, drugs, and more drugs. I suppose becoming nose blind could happen through I don't know how. But as a recovered person I do know how deeply long term drug use can dull the natural senses and make that which is abnormal seem normal. None of this is an excuse as he could have sought help. But I do greatly appreciate the time taken in this book to treat the drug addicted victims as actual human beings. I know clean and sober women living productive lives as contributing members of society, one of which did live in East Cleveland and walked those same streets. We will never know if any of them women would have ever recovered because that chance was taken from them. I give 5 stars for a well written book which treated the victims like human beings.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lydia

    What is most interesting about serial murder Anthony Sowell is not so much the man himself, but rather the setting that allowed him to terrorize one of the most vulnerable cohorts of our soceity for so long. Author Bob Sberna is extremely respectful and comprehensive, without being overly sympathetic, as he examines each victim, all poor african american women, often struggling with addition. Why police and human services agencies allowed someone with a long sorted history of violence against wo What is most interesting about serial murder Anthony Sowell is not so much the man himself, but rather the setting that allowed him to terrorize one of the most vulnerable cohorts of our soceity for so long. Author Bob Sberna is extremely respectful and comprehensive, without being overly sympathetic, as he examines each victim, all poor african american women, often struggling with addition. Why police and human services agencies allowed someone with a long sorted history of violence against women to continue to kill is the fundamental systemic issue that demands examination. The reader is left with a glimmer of hope that nightmares such as those Sowell caused can eventually lead to improvement in law enforcement processed and procedures, as well as higher awareness about the social and financial impact of crime and poverty on a community.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lovisa

    This book was a good look into Anthony Sowell's crimes. It gave life to the victims and the awful reality of drugs and life in the poor community of Cleveland. The author did a good job explaining how the victims found themselves involved with Anthony Sowell. The case was thoroughly researched using tools ranging from court documents to interviews with friends and family from both the perpetrator and the victim. I gave this book three starts only because the story itself is gripping and disturbi This book was a good look into Anthony Sowell's crimes. It gave life to the victims and the awful reality of drugs and life in the poor community of Cleveland. The author did a good job explaining how the victims found themselves involved with Anthony Sowell. The case was thoroughly researched using tools ranging from court documents to interviews with friends and family from both the perpetrator and the victim. I gave this book three starts only because the story itself is gripping and disturbing and fans of true crime would enjoy it. However, I found that there was a lot of repetition throughout the book which caused me some frustration and made me skim over these sections. Toward the end of the book I was skimming quite a bit because it was just explaining the same scenarios using a few different words and I got tired of reading the same stuff over and over again.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Claudia Taller

    I never read true crime. I didn’t want to know what happened in the house on Imperial Avenue in Cleveland. Despite my reluctance to read the book, once I started reading House of Horrors, The Shocking True Story of Anthony Sowell, the Cleveland Strangler by Robert Sberna, I felt I was in good hands as a reader. I trusted the narrator’s voice. Intelligent and thoughtful reporting, good word choices, and the experience of discovering the story with the author make for a good true crime book. It to I never read true crime. I didn’t want to know what happened in the house on Imperial Avenue in Cleveland. Despite my reluctance to read the book, once I started reading House of Horrors, The Shocking True Story of Anthony Sowell, the Cleveland Strangler by Robert Sberna, I felt I was in good hands as a reader. I trusted the narrator’s voice. Intelligent and thoughtful reporting, good word choices, and the experience of discovering the story with the author make for a good true crime book. It took me a while to get to this tale of gruesome killings in a southeast Cleveland home where an ex-military man turned ex-con lured eleven women into his house over several years, assaulted them, killed them, then buried them in shallow backyard graves or within the walls of his house or left their bodies on the floor of a third-floor bedroom.

  23. 4 out of 5

    David Lemoyne

    I'm not going to write an official review. But after reading the book, I was inclined to hop on here and voice my opinion of it. I have been researching the Sowell story ever since it started. Mr. Sberna has done an excellent job of compiling all of the available information as well as the information from his interviews with Sowell. The book is an extremely easy read. I bought it one afternoon and had it finished by lunch the next day. Total time reading the book was about 3-4 hours. If you like tr I'm not going to write an official review. But after reading the book, I was inclined to hop on here and voice my opinion of it. I have been researching the Sowell story ever since it started. Mr. Sberna has done an excellent job of compiling all of the available information as well as the information from his interviews with Sowell. The book is an extremely easy read. I bought it one afternoon and had it finished by lunch the next day. Total time reading the book was about 3-4 hours. If you like true-crime stories, then this book is a must-read, must-buy. Feel free to contact me for a more in-depth opinion of the book, but my point is that you should get it. I very rarely review things. typically its only if I LOVED it or HATED it. I LOVED this book. You will too.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    House of Horrors is a well-written and detailed account of one of the most gruesome events in Cleveland's history -- the murders of 11 women by Anthony Sowell. The author provides an abundance of personal details and graphic descriptions of Sowell and his victims, which draws the reader into the narrative. The photos in the book, including pictures of the house where the attacks occurred, as well as the photos of the 11 women lend a compelling realism. The book includes copies of prison letters House of Horrors is a well-written and detailed account of one of the most gruesome events in Cleveland's history -- the murders of 11 women by Anthony Sowell. The author provides an abundance of personal details and graphic descriptions of Sowell and his victims, which draws the reader into the narrative. The photos in the book, including pictures of the house where the attacks occurred, as well as the photos of the 11 women lend a compelling realism. The book includes copies of prison letters from Sowell. Through them, readers a sense of insight about an extremely narcissistic person.

  25. 5 out of 5

    John Ferak

    House of Horrors is a compelling read, and it's told very matter of factly by Robert Sberna, a talented and experienced investigative journalist who knows Cleveland inside and out. When you read House of Horrors, you will get the eerie feeling like you are standing on Imperial Avenue back in October 2009, when all of the badly decomposed bodies were discovered on Anthony Sowell's property. House of Horrors is a definite must read for fans of true-crime. I highly recommend that you read this book. House of Horrors is a compelling read, and it's told very matter of factly by Robert Sberna, a talented and experienced investigative journalist who knows Cleveland inside and out. When you read House of Horrors, you will get the eerie feeling like you are standing on Imperial Avenue back in October 2009, when all of the badly decomposed bodies were discovered on Anthony Sowell's property. House of Horrors is a definite must read for fans of true-crime. I highly recommend that you read this book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    B

    I have to admit that I did not know anything about Anthony Sowell and his crimes; however, after I read this book, I felt as if I had received the true, comprehensive story of the killer, his victims, the community and the court case. The author did a wonderful job covering every aspect of this terrible episode in Cleveland's history. I take my hat off to the author for his well-written and researched book. I have to admit that I did not know anything about Anthony Sowell and his crimes; however, after I read this book, I felt as if I had received the true, comprehensive story of the killer, his victims, the community and the court case. The author did a wonderful job covering every aspect of this terrible episode in Cleveland's history. I take my hat off to the author for his well-written and researched book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Faye Oney

    The story of Anthony Sowell is a modern day horror story. Instead of sensationalizing the events portrayed in the media, Robert Sberna wrote the book from the victims' perspective. This is a compelling story of how one man preyed on women who had no loved ones to speak for them. Sberna also delves into the mind of Anthony Sowell, and we learn how his dysfunctional childhood contributed to his criminal behavior. This is a must-read for anyone interested in true crime stories. The story of Anthony Sowell is a modern day horror story. Instead of sensationalizing the events portrayed in the media, Robert Sberna wrote the book from the victims' perspective. This is a compelling story of how one man preyed on women who had no loved ones to speak for them. Sberna also delves into the mind of Anthony Sowell, and we learn how his dysfunctional childhood contributed to his criminal behavior. This is a must-read for anyone interested in true crime stories.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tom Schulte

    The crimes of this disgusting serial killer - living among the rotting corpses of his victims and the attracted insects - are deeply described and researched. This ends up being an exemplar of the killer that plies his trade over years because his victims are already ostracized by society: largely transient black women addicted to crack. The book goes all the way to Sowell's conviction and imprisonment. The crimes of this disgusting serial killer - living among the rotting corpses of his victims and the attracted insects - are deeply described and researched. This ends up being an exemplar of the killer that plies his trade over years because his victims are already ostracized by society: largely transient black women addicted to crack. The book goes all the way to Sowell's conviction and imprisonment.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Katie Hoffman

    I've been a fan of true crime for awhile. This read true to a Buglosian style of objectivity. Sadly these crimes were completely preventable, ignored, and overlooked let alone completely senseless. I'll be moving onto lighter reading for awhile - there are no heros in this story. Except the woman who ultimately reported him - she deserves a huge medal. I've been a fan of true crime for awhile. This read true to a Buglosian style of objectivity. Sadly these crimes were completely preventable, ignored, and overlooked let alone completely senseless. I'll be moving onto lighter reading for awhile - there are no heros in this story. Except the woman who ultimately reported him - she deserves a huge medal.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jim Flora

    Very good overview of a sad, important case. Sberna is committed to providing a clear-eyed, well-rounded assessment of the case. His explorations of the lives of the victims show great compassion, while also refusing to gloss over flaws. Overall, a very good true crime book.

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