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A Killer’s Touch Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2011

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About the Author

Michael Benson, who has partied with the Hells Angels on both coasts, is the author of 41 books. His most recent works include Betrayal in Blood: The Murder of Tabatha Bryant, and Inside Secret Societies: What They Don’t Want You to Know. Russ Austin, a nationally recognized expert on choppers, is the owner and head designer of Precious Metal Custom, a custom chopper shop where he builds 40 choppers a year for private customers.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pinnacle; 1 Original edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078602500X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786025008
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Benson is a regular contributor to the Investigation Discovery TV series: EVIL TWINS and EVIL KIN. He has also appeared on episodes of ON THE CASE WITH PAULA ZAHN, DEADLY SINS, and SOUTHERN FRIED HOMICIDE. An old school journalist with a 30-year career, he has covered sports, crime, film, and the military. Originally from Rochester, N.Y., he is a graduate of Wheatland-Chili High School and Hofstra University.


Kathleen P. Munley
True crime author Michael Benson has written a deeply thoughtful and intriguing work of the horrific and unsolved murders of two young women from upstate New York that occurred some forty-nine years ago. A youngster at the time of the murders, the victims were neighbors of the author and their deaths deeply impacted his and the lives of the entire community. Written over an extended period of time, beginning in his youth, then in the 1980s and 1990s, and, finally, from 2011 to 2015, the author, in effect, reopens the case taking his readers on a protracted investigation into the crimes that includes consideration of "likely suspects" who got away with the murders. Along the route, readers are introduced to the people, places, and events that were the setting for the murders. The book is made even more interesting for the reader by the author's consideration of possible connections between the murders and those of others that occurred in various places in the United States around the same time. A really good read for all true crime buffs!

Patrick A. Patterson
Once again Mike Benson has documented a true crime event -- this time in his small, boyhood neighborhood in upstate New York during the late 1960s. He has created labyrinth of detail about the loss of innocents near a Tom Sawyer-like swimming hole where the death and sexual mutilation of two of his adolescent friends caused a frenzy and panic in the community. A crime that has never resulted in justice for the person or persons who committed the crime nor closure for the victim's families. Nearly fifty years later he describes the murders, the multitude of suspects developed and a community surrounded by pedophilia, rape and serial killers -- a story of sexual predators that makes us all fear for our children.

Robert Mladinich
Veteran crime writer Michael Benson embarks on a deeply personal and thought-provoking investigative journey into the murders of two young female neighbors nearly a half-century ago. Along with one of the victim's mothers and a private investigator, they leave no stone unturned in identifying suspects and linking them to other grisly killings throughout the United States. It's a page-turner.

Donald A. Tubman, Private Investigator
In 2011, I was offered the opportunity to be a large part of Michael Benson's investigation into the June 1966 murders of George-Ann Formicola and Kathy Bernhard, and jumped at the chance. I went to school with the victims, and graduated from high school on the evening of the murders, so I felt an emotional connection to the case. My many years as a policeman, investigator and now as a private investigator left me more than qualified for the task. The results of our investigation is now available to the public, expertly written by my friend and veteran true-crime writer, Michael Benson in the book The Devil at Genesee Junction. The book tells Benson's personal story, his close involvement with the tragedy, from the time he was nine-years-old to the present, almost 50 years later.The Devil at Genesee Junction is a must read as both a memoir and an investigatory procedural, for true-crime fans everywhere. Although the evidence against several suspects is analyzed in the book, one suspect in particular I feel necessitates increased scrutiny from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office's cold-case investigators. I believe that this case is solvable, and closure for Alice Bernhard, Kathy's mom, is possible. But action needs to be taken.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By MoodyBlue on October 15, 2011
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There are some books that you just can't put down. They are told in such a way, that you find yourself not wanting to turn off the lights to go to sleep. Helter Skelter comes to mind as being one of those books. A Killer's Touch, should have been one those books. It is the horrifying story of a young mother who is kidnapped out of her home in broad daylight and forced to leave behind her two small children. On the road, many people have heard Denise Amber Lee's cry for help but many do nothing - except for one woman who calls 911 to report what she believes, is a small child in the back seat of a car in distress, and crying out for help. She then gives the location and model of the car, and keeps the killer in sight for as long as she can however, while the police are out there searching for Denise, the crucial information that may have saved her life is not getting to them due to nothing more then incompetence! Sad, sad, sad! Denise is smart enough to leave clues behind and one cannot help but be sickened by what this poor woman must have been going through. We learn that Denise had a loving husband and family and she was a good mother, but we learn little about the killer - who he is and why did he do it? The second part of the book which is more then half the book, is all courtroom information and it gets a bit tedious since there was really no suspense here. There is enough evidence that Michael King is the killer and to make matters worse, the bum is still sitting on death row eating, drinking and breathing. True crime fans may want to skip this one....sorry.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen M. Jund on November 20, 2011
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A Killer's touch is a true crime story following the January 2008 abduction and murder of a young Florida mother of two, Denise Amber Lee. Twenty-one year old Denise Amber Lee was the daughter of the head of Charlotte County Sherriff's Office Marshall Fugitive Task Force in southeast Florida. Denise's husband Nate Lee, upon arriving home from work finds both his boys ages one and two together in the baby's crib, windows closed. Frantically noticing Denise's purse containing her cell phone, contents strewn across the couch with Denise nowhere in sight. With terror in his heart, Nate makes a call to his father in law saying Denise is missing. I am on my way, he answers. The story carries you heartbreakingly through the events leading up to Denise's removal from her home, the frantic 911 phone call Denise herself makes while held captive which points law enforcement in her direction. Although multi-jurisdictional teams of law enforcement personnel are racing the clock following close on her trail, crucial miscommunication in relaying information leads to the tragedy that befalls the young mother. However, Denise proves the most instrumental witness of all in leading them to her killer. The story follows throughout the apprehension of Michael King the only suspect in this grisly crime and the subsequent court case that follows. The prosecution and defense bring out their best arguments, evidence and experts, but will the jury find Michael King guilty?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kindlelake on December 4, 2011
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This book nearly had me screaming at the people who could have possibly saved Denise. From the 911 operator to the perps cousin, they all failed her. While it is terrible to even think of being abducted from your own home in broad daylight, it must be even worse to actually have the wits about you to come in contact with others and no one helps you. Denise truly is a hero for trying so hard to save her own life. Read this book if for no other reasons than to know what NOT to do should you ever encounter a situation like this and to meet a truly courageous young woman. May she rest in peace.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By booklover68 on May 27, 2012
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I love reading true crime - but not this time.
The majority of the story is in-depth details of the court case, and to a lesser degree, the 911 phone call made by a passerby who witnessed the abduction.
I don't know why the blurb mentions neighbours reporting the offender throwing acid in their pool, and slashing their tyres, as it was obviously of no relevance to the story, as it covered 2 sentences in the book, and was never mentioned again.
The killer doesn't confess, so the details of the actual crime are sketchy at best.
I kept reading, and reading, and reading, waiting for something to grab my interest, but it just didn't happen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sierra Oscar on January 7, 2012
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The story of this senseless murder and the sadness you feel for the victim and her family would seemingly make for a great true crime book. The author, however, seems to be rewriting the trail transcript instead. I don't need to have every day of the trial recapped. I wanted to stop reading but I cared so much about the victim I felt she deserved to have the book finished. I have read 1000s of true crime and this one is so bad because of the minutia conveyed about each witness and each day of the trial. There are few personal details about the victim and her family and no background story so we could get to know her and her loved ones. If you want to read true crime that goes into the background of the victim and her life before it was taken, this book does not do it. We only know her by her husband's recollections which the author repeats from other sources such as TV interviews. Not only was the murder of Denise Amber Lee an avoidable and senseless crime, but this book makes it sadder because we don't get to know her as a person. Senseless crime. Senseless book.
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