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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Candidate for Grand Marshall of the Lunatic Parade
Ken Englade's CELLAR OF HORROR details the bundle of insanity that was Gary Heidnik. Heidnik, who had been diagnosed for years as schizophrenic, held six women captive in his basement over a four month period spanning 1987/1988. His goal was ostensibly to have each of these women bear his children - he wanted ten - creating a family who would continue living in his...
Published on December 7, 2007 by Dan Bogaty

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3.0 out of 5 stars This guy should have been locked in a basement......
I love true crime and this was an interesting story but to me the real message was that this guy should never have been out in the normal population in the first place. It ended up being more a commentary on the problems associated with housing and treating the severely disturbed and mentally ill people in our society. The author reported the story of Gary but it jumped...
Published on August 21, 2008 by Denise Crawford


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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read, April 15, 2010
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I couldn't put this book down. This killer was unlike any other. Prepare to be horrorified~!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting!, June 4, 2014
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This story is unbelievable. I definitely recommend reading it, you won't believe what you are reading. It's scary to think there are people like this in the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cell of Horror by Ken England, February 12, 2014
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Wow, could not put this book down. The author did a good job of describing the psychopath, sociopath, serial rappist, and killer. He had a genius IQ which is how he was able to work the system to his advantage and still continue live a deranged life style. He continues to become more evil as the story progresses and makes a big mistake by trusting one of his victims. When you read stories like this one it makes you more aware of the fact that there are people out there amongst us that are a disease to society but manage to slip through systems and its loop holes...
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3.0 out of 5 stars good beginning. too long of an ending, December 31, 2013
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This book was really good and interesting, until I got about halfway through. The first half was about Gary and his prisoners with great detail and you really got into the book. However, halfway through the read (not the end. . halfway) Gary gets caught. So the whole second half of the book is the court proceedings. Interesting, but not very exciting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a read!, November 24, 2013
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I purchased this book after I read the sample. It grabbed my attention and I had to know more. Very well written, it will take you into the very twisted events of this true crime. Most books that delve into the court phase of true crime are meandering and drag on in a mundane fashion. Not here. It was sufficient as well as very educational, thanks to the presiding judge. I couldn't leave it alone! Definitely thumbs up to you Mr. Ken Englade!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok book, September 21, 2014
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The book was a good read until half way through the book and they started the trail. It seemed to talk about the same information over and over again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fast, disturbing read!, December 2, 2014
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In about 250 pages, the bone-chilling tale of Gary Heidnik is spun in clear-cut, unbiased detail. I have read quite a few crime novels, and find that most authors are so self-absorbed that they insert some tidbit (and usually much more) about their own lives and careers into these books, which is distracting and unnecessary. Not Ken Englade.

He writes facts, not opinions; he writes testimony, not rumors. This could have easily turned into a 500-page tome of speculation, but it was instead handled with a type of professionalism rarely seen in this genre. I will definitely look for more from Mr. Englade, and would recommend this particular book for a rainy afternoon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff, August 23, 2014
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Being born and raised in Philadelphia I just had to read about what really went on at 3520 North Marshall Street in North Philadelphia. I was surprised at how good and detailed this book was. The story is sad but a great read, the writing is good and it keeps you interested until the end, and even then you are wishing there was more. After reading the book I had to drive down and see the house where it all happened because I was so intrigued that it all went down about 15 minutes from where I reside. I definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys the true crime/serial killer genre. You won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great true crime novel, July 21, 2014
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Great true-crime novel. The author has delved into all the facts without being overly graphic about what the women went through. It is heartbreaking to read how many times this monster slipped through the cracks of the mental health system and how he abused the loopholes to set up his own "church" so he could hide money. The pictures were disappointing. I wanted to see the house or at least the basement. The photos were just various shots of Heidnik in court and jail.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Morbid reshash on cannibal Gary Heidnik. The book was ..., November 8, 2014
This review is from: Cellar of Horror: The Story of Gary Heidnik (Mass Market Paperback)
Morbid reshash on cannibal Gary Heidnik. The book was detailed about the 1980s murder of the 3 woman that Heidnik tortured & killed in his north Philly home. I read this primarily as interested in time period it happened and how the police reacted (and goofed) with this monster.

Straight-forward murder tale. Don't be hungry or have eaten once you get to the gory details...not for the faint hearted.
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Cellar of Horror: The Story of Gary Heidnik by Ken Englade (Mass Market Paperback - April 15, 1992)
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