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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 273 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's True Crime (December 9, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312978901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312978907
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Adrian Havill is the author of While Innocents Slept, Born Evil and The Mother, The Son, And the Socialite: The True Story of a Mother-Son Crime. He has also written several biographies, including The Last Mogul: The Unauthorized Biography of Jack Kent Cooke, Deep Truth: The Lives of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, Man of Steel: The Career and Courage of Christopher Reeve, and contributed to Juice: The O.J. Simpson Tragedy. He lives in Virginia with his wife, Georgiana. They have two children.

Customer Reviews

In ending this review I was not satisfied with this book at all.
Sammantha
I know that he needs to sell a book to make money but taking a man and making up things about his life is rediculous.
Justin Jenkins
This book is written in such a ficticious manner, that it was hard to distinguish fact from fiction.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tampa Pete on January 9, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When a book is titled BORN EVIL and the front cover tells you it is about "a real-life Hannibal Lecter" and says it contains cannibalism and serial murder, well, you know it's not going to be chosen as Oprah's next selection. However, for the genre, this is one of the more satisfying efforts. The killer claims to have murdered and cannibalized more than a dozen women, has been convicted of two murders and wait, it turns out his brother is a cannibal and murderer too! On top of that, it's beautifully written with the author taking time to describe summer sailboats in Chesapeake Bay as being "as abundant as seagulls."
Certainly a lot of the story is gory, grisly, and sensational. What would you expect? At least the author goes face-to-face with the killer and gets to the "why he did it" part rather than just how he did it. It held my interest until the final page.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 VINE VOICE on January 13, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Hadden Clark is a truly evil man. The third of four children, young Clark was killing animals and abusing others in childhood. He claims he committed his first murder at age 14 of a young boy in 1965.
Hadden's murderous appetite literally escalates. His older brother Brad, also seriously disturbed did not show signs of his mental illness until he had reached adulthood. In 1986, Brad had killed two women and cannibalized their remains.
Geoff, Hadden's second oldest brother abused his wife and children. Once divorced, Geoff appeared to settle into a more mainstream lifestyle. Alison, the youngest appeared to be the most stable of the four in adulthood. Repeated episodes of running away from home and subsequent hospitalizations literally drove Alison away from her family.
That left Hadden. Hadden, the overlooked. Hadden, the cruel to animals and violent with peers. Hadden of the bizarre non sequiturs. Hadden, who had found no real niche. An unsuccessful stint in the Navy did lead to what could have been a successful career as a chef. Trained at one of America's top cooking schools, Hadden did secure good jobs only to lose them within a few weeks after a display of bizarre and/or violent behavior.
By 1986, Hadden, then 35 had literally divorced himself from reality. At or around the time his older brother faced legal consequences for the brutal murders he had committed, Hadden appeared to be following suit. He abducted and killed his niece's playmate because he was angry at his niece. He trashed a landlord's home by stuffing rotten fish heads in the piano and furniture in retaliation for some imagined wrong. He even went so far as to steal his landlord's daughter's Chinese language books. Even when confronted with evidence, he maintained his innocence.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 23, 2002
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I bought this book at my local bookstore after being intrigued at what I read on the back cover. I had never heard of Hadden Clark up until that point and was willing to learn about his crimes. I thought the book did a good job at supplying enough information. Yes, some of the scenes are gruesome, but it's a true crime book not a fairytale. I liked the fact that they went into Hadden Clark's past. This helped give me some more insight as to why he would commit these heinous crimes. I don't feel that this book was sympathetic towards Hadden Clark. I believe the author tried his best to be impartial. I feel deep sorrow for the victims families and Hadden Clark deserves to rot in jail for the rest of his life because he is a truly evil man. The book was able to portray how evil he was by giving some examples in various spots of the book. The only dissapointment was that the author didn't go into more detail about the other victims he killed. I thought there was some injustice there.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JMack VINE VOICE on December 6, 2003
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By chance, I picked up a copy of this book recently. I was intrigued by the statement on the backcover which states that Hadden Clark used parts of his victims as fish bait. Being largely unfamiliar with his story, I thought I would enjoy the book.
The book is written well in the chronological order that best fits true crime. An epilogue details the events after the trial in which Clark reveals more vicitms. Because only two victims are discussed substantially in the book, it is a little short. Hadden Clark was only convicted of these two murders. The profile of Hadden Clark is what makes the book interesting. Hadden Clark has multiple personalities. One of these personalities is a woman which forces him to cross dress. Interestingly enough, the female personality is the one that knows the location of bodies. Thus, police had to escort a cross dressed man into the woods to locate bodies. This must have been quite a spectacle.
My biggest objection to this book is in the chapters in which the interrogations are discussed as it carries on too long. The author would have been best served to say that the investigators berated Clark, but all he would say is "I want my lawyer."
The book is titled "Born Evil", but I don't see Hadden Clark as being as Evil as many killers I have read about. The fact that he has multiple conflicting personalities makes him unique in the serial killer community not his evilness. However, the reader must keep in mind that his psychological problem is not an excuse for his crimes.
This is an interesting book for those just beginning to read true crime or a unique killer for veteran true crime readers to learn about. However, it is certainly not the scariest book.
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