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The A to Z Encyclopedia of Serial Killers (Pocket Books True Crime)
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That said, the authors touch on every aspect of serial murder with which I was previously familiar, as well as a great deal more. The only problem is that you will have to read the book cover to cover to find most of it. Juan Corona, for example, is to be found only under the entry "Orchards" (? ), apparently because many of his victims were buried in them. The only other apparent reason for this entry is a murder case, also involving corpse disposal in an orchard, that has nothing whatsoever to do with serial killers. One must look in similarly obscure entries to find the Green River killer (still the most prolific American serial killer in terms of confirmed victims), the notorious 16th-century French nobleman Gilles de Rais, whose behavior parallels that of some modern serial killers quite closely (with the exception of his high position in society), or South America's Pedro Lopez, the "Monster of the Andes."
In short, this is not an encyclopedia that is meant as a real reference work of any sort; the "encyclopedia" aspect is merely a convenient format that the authors use to relate capsule-sized anecdotes and factoids. A distinct bias in the entries is also obvious--the reader is treated to mention of Ed Gein, Albert Fish and H.H.Read more ›
There are no indexes or chapter guides to look up specific killers. Instead it has sections A through Z that list places and things. One would think that the individual killers would be listed under the respective letters such as Ted Bundy in the T section or in the B's under Bundy,Ted. This book rather lists (for example) in section "A" Alligators and then gives a couple paragraphs about which killer and how they were utilized in the crimes.. and in section "B" there are sections on Bathtubs and Body Parts; and yet again with a couple paragraphs each about which killer and how these items were utilized.
While there are a 6-7 killers that have their own sections dedicated under the respective letters, it doesn't really matter because they are already discussed under dozens of different A-Z listings in this book. This book does have good information and fun facts, but the format doesn't allow for reasearch of individual killers.
For the average reader, this is good to read a couple chapters at a time over several weeks, and you can skip around to different chapters and go back to others later. I will give this three stars as it has some good info and light hearted dark humor.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some interesting stuff in here, but the book itself really didn't hold my attention like I wanted it to. Doesn't read easily.Published 8 months ago by Krystal Clifton
Pretty good book if you are interested in serial killers. The only thing I didn't care for is that the book was awfully repetitive.Published 19 months ago by N/A
Because it's an encyclopedia, it repeats itself often. This can become a bit tedious after awhile. It's well-written, though.Published 20 months ago by K. M. Draper
ordered this a long time ago for my son for Valentines Day. He never got it and I do not know whyPublished on February 17, 2014 by CW Reviews
i bought this during a phase and i never really got into this book. it was kind of a waste for me, but if this is your thing more power to you, you might get more out of it than i.Published on November 13, 2013 by Ultraphonics
A good read into the most notorious and a few of the lesser known serial killers since Jack the RipperPublished on October 25, 2013 by Ken McKay Jr
I paid new price and received a used book.. It even had a cloths tag in it for a book marker.. That's ridiculous! Read morePublished on October 15, 2013 by TORCHman624