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Blood Lust: Portrait of a Serial Sex Killer [Kindle Edition]

Gary C. King
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Book Description

In this riveting true crime book, "The Man Who Loved to Kill Women"--Dayton Leroy Rogers, was known in Portland, Oregon as a respected businessman and devoted husband and father. But at night he abducted women, forced them into sadistic bondage games, and thrilled in their pain, terror and mutilation. His murderous spree was stopped only after, in plain view, he slashed to death his final victim...and when a hunter accidentally stumbled onto the burial grounds of seven other women Rogers had killed one-by-one in the depths of the Molalla Forest did police realize they were dealing with a serial killer whose bloodlust knew no bounds. This is the shocking true story of the horrifying crimes, capture, and conviction of Dayton Leroy Rogers, Oregon's mild-mannered businessman by day--vicious serial killer by night.

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From Publishers Weekly

Though sometimes burdened with cliches, this is an effective, workmanlike account of the worst serial killer in Oregon's history. Owner of a small business in Portland and apparently happily married, Dayton Leroy Rogers was known among local streetwalkers as a violent john who liked kinky sex and bondage. Through interviews with investigators and witnesses, King reconstructs Rogers's brutal murder of a prostitute in 1987. Not until a hunter in the Mollalla Forest found the graves of other victims did the true horror of the case become apparent: there were seven other murders and many rampages. Rogers claimed self-defense in his first trial but was convicted; he was also found guilty of killing the victims found in the forest. Probing Rogers's past, King finds the killer had a repressive, violent father, fetishized his sisters' shoes as a child, had his first brush with the law at 18 and was soon labeled a sociopath. The author sometimes stretches the narrative, offering interior monologue from Rogers even though the killer, who is now on death row, hasn't spoken to him or investigators. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 721 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bleak House Publishing, Inc. (June 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0053ZHL0E
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very sad tale........ January 17, 2000
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I found this book to be one of the most fascinating books I have read recently. As an avid reader of true crime, I appreciate a well written story. The detailed accounts of survivors of this monster are almost unbelievable. I too, wished there were more details about his family, and input from the killer himself, but overall, I really enjoyed it. What struck me as odd, is that this isn't a person that you hear alot about. It's always the more publicized killers like Gacy or Bundy, however, this guy certainly ranks up there with the rest of the weirdos.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Horrific! October 4, 2002
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Very good book, frightening story! I too read this book very quickly, it was very fast paced and easy to read. The crimes that Dayton Leroy Rogers committed were nothing short of horrendous, and it amazes me that he was allowed to be out in society to commit these unspeakable acts after being in prison for his sexual deviations to begin with. If you are a true crime reader this one's for you. Excellant writing by Gary C. King.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! April 6, 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this book within 24 hours, I believe thats my personal record. It was written well and Gary really takes you there. I definately recommend this for a "true crime" reader!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Peaceful" Oregon! January 12, 2005
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"Blood Lust" represents good no nonsense true crime about a serial killer in Oregon. That seemingly peaceful and scenic State certainly has had more than its' share of sickos, as TC aficionados (and no doubt the natives) are well aware. In BL, the protagonist is one Dayton Leroy Rogers who killed and mutilated eight young Portland area women in the mid 1980s. There is little suspense here. The killer is identified from the outset. The reader's interest will revolve around the portrayal of the gruesome manners of the young ladies' deaths and how the local authorities find the corpses and compile their case against Rogers. Author Gary King strikes a solid balance between crime reporting and the human suffering of the victims. Since the perpetrator is known, readers may ignore the "Ann Rule rule" and peruse the centerfold where pictures of the demised humanize them. It's chilling to think that most likely there are more female of Rogers' victims somewhere in this vast area. This reviewer visited Oregon recently and appreciates how rural the state is once one leaves the Portland/Seattle metroplex and the I5 corridor. 12 reprintings since 1992 are a testimony to the obvious and well-deserved popularity of "Blood Lust".
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read. October 13, 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was a really chilling book, a great read. Wish there were more interviews with Rogers' family or Rogers himself. Other than that, I like the way the facts were laid out and the personal touches about law enforcement officials.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A KILLER TO MAKE JACK THE RIPPER ENVIOUS! November 21, 2000
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This horrific story left me gasping! No punches are pulled in the telling of what happened to at least 7 girls who made the sad mistake of meeting up with Dayton Leroy Rogers during (and prior to) the summer of '87, ending with the gruesome, tortuous death of Jennifer Lisa Smith in a parking lot in view of a Denny's Restaurant with witnesses who heard her dying screams!
Here is a serial killer not only in it for the power and control ...but for the pure sexual gratification he got from seeing a woman bleed and hearing her scream. Mr. King wakes us up to the fact there are, have been, and always will be monsters like this out there! We can study & analyze til Hell freezes, but I don't think it's going to stop them from doing what they do! Let's hope it can help in understanding others when they are in their early stages and to either get them proper "help" or lock them away for more than good! This book proves that monsters & monstrocities DO exist;and, that justice does exist...tenuous at times...but it does exist!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I know Dayton very well...or thought I did February 15, 2014
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This book really does capture the essence of what happened. It's sad, because to know Dayton, is to love him, and you wouldn't think he was capable of this. But, when you realize that someone you know can do this, you wonder what really lies beneath a persons appearance, and you doubt your ability to really ever know a person, and you don't want to believe this person was this evil, because, you feel the need to question your judgement. And the world no longer feels safe. Dayton is a friendly, soft spoken, intelligent man, and you would have never guessed he could do this. It feels like a horror movie, not real life. He has a cute sense of humor, but wait...he's a murderer... he is very into the bible, and studies, and he is hard working, and could hide the evil within...He, himself, was allowed to read the book, and he told me...'It's a good read, but, i have never once spoken to anyone, so, don't believe all you read," "there is truth to it, but, I would not hurt anybody without a reason" They stole my wallet, they put a street hit out on me...It was always him, protecting himself, as a victim. That's his story, as of now. It's real, but, hard to imagine it being real. I didn't want to read it, and I couldn't stop. Dayton proves, you cant judge a book by it's cover.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rivetting read May 4, 2012
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A shocking depiction of one of America's notorious serial killers, Dayton Leroy Rogers. Set in Portland, oregan, this iis a riveting read and provides fascinating insights into his crimes. Read it in one sitting and a great choice if you enjoy crime novels, are up late at night and not home alone.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Too slow
Published 13 days ago by rascal
4.0 out of 5 stars Horrific!
Am I the only person who had never heard of this case?!? It is absolutely horrific and grisly. The dedicated officers who tracked this monster are amazing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sandra J Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written
Excellent chronological detail. Details may disturb some readers but factual content make for a good read. This killer is an animal. No humanity in him.
Published 2 months ago by Micki
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read. Hard to put it down
Excellent read. Hard to put it down.
Published 2 months ago by RobsterMobster
Published 3 months ago by barbara danna
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing look at a destroyer of lives
A True Crime story that will leave you scared from reading it. An extremely disturbed individual who left a path of sorrow for the families of the women he met and destroyed. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kippoe
5.0 out of 5 stars great
well written and very good plot, it was a very interesting read held my interest during the whole time i was reading the book
Published 4 months ago by Mary
3.0 out of 5 stars A book NOT a portrait
A three star book at that. After my initial disappointment of not getting a portrait of a serial killer in the mail I read the book. Meh 3 stars.
Published 5 months ago by Luke
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling
Excellent, very well written and researched.
This story was one that I had not heard of. A true serial killer at his worst.
Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars blood lust review from amazon books
Very well written hard to believe people like him are living among us..there is a special place in hell for people like him.
Published 5 months ago by rebecca
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More About the Author

Gary C. King, a freelance author and lecturer, is regarded by readers and critics alike as one of the world's foremost crime writers, a distinction he has attained over the last 32+ years with the publication of more than 500 articles in true crime magazines in the United States, Canada, and England. King took over Ann Rule's job as Pacific Northwest stringer for True Detective, Official Detective, Inside Detective, Front Page Detective, and Master Detective magazines, writing hundreds of articles under various names until those magazines ceased publication in the mid-1990s. More recently he has found alternate venues for his stories, including Crime Library. He has published several "classic" true crime stories for Investigation Discovery, which can be found on their website. He is also the author of several true crime books including: Blood Lust: Portrait of a Serial Sex Killer, Driven to Kill, Web of Deceit, Blind Rage, Savage Vengeance, An Early Grave, The Texas 7, Murder in Hollywood, Angels of Death, Stolen in the Night, Love, Lies, and Murder, An Almost Perfect Murder, Butcher, Rage, and The Murder of Meredith Kercher.

Driven to Kill, the story of serial child killer Westley Allan Dodd's killing spree, was published in April 1993 by Pinnacle Books and was nominated for an Anthony Award in the Best True Crime Book category at Bouchercon 25.

Blood Lust: Portrait of a Serial Sex Killer, details the bizarre case of Dayton Leroy Rogers, Oregon's worst serial killer to date. Blood Lust was published in December 1992 under NAL/Dutton's Onyx imprint as an original paperback. A German language edition of Blood Lust was published later, in 1995. Both Blood Lust and Driven to Kill were chosen as featured selections of Doubleday's True Crime Book Club, and are now available as eBooks.

King has also written articles on several celebrated crime cases that include: "Son of Sam" David Berkowitz; the Hillside Stranglers; Jim Jones and the Guyana Massacre; D.B. Cooper; Gary Gilmore; John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman; and Seattle's bizarre Chinatown Massacre in the 1980s. He has also contributed to several true crime compilation books with various publishers.

King's television appearances have included Entertainment Tonight, Larry King Live, Inside Edition, Court TV, MSNBC's Headliners and Legends, E!, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Extra TV, and several other programs. He also frequently provides radio interviews. His television interviews include an episode of Biography about serial killer Robert "Willie" Pickton, the subject of Butcher, and an episode of Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege, and Justice called "Strange Bedfellows," about the murder of Nevada State Controller Kathy Augustine, the subject of King's An Almost Perfect Murder.

King is an active member of the Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America, American Crime Writers League, The Crime Writers' Association (U.K.), International Thriller Writers, and the International Association of Crime Writers.

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