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on May 9, 2015
I was nearly a victim of this monster back in the 1980's and newly divorced. I had a rule about going out to bars/clubs dancing and that rule was to always bring a friend. This particular Saturday night all of my friends had plans, my kids were with their father, and it was Saturday night. I had no plans to do a lot of drinking since I would be driving myself home, but I wanted to dance, so I broke my rule and went to that bar, same as one of the victim's, I ordered a glass of champagne and the man seated next to me at the bar paid for it or I should say I allowed him to pay for it. I never believed I had any obligation to someone for buying me a drink, never. So I accepted the drink and he and I got up and were dancing, my favorite hobby, just dancing and having fun. After dancing through a few songs, we both went back to our places at the bar and drank, me my glass of champagne, him I believe it was a beer. We spoke, but mostly it was him doing the talking, and I was getting bored, big mistake. But it saved my life. I saw a very handsome man across the bar that I wanted to dance with, so I told Ned (I never knew his name, but I'll never forget what he did)I saw someone that I wanted to go ask to dance with me. This monster became to enraged by what I had just said, he stomped his feet, and was so angry at me, after all he bought me my drink. That's what he said to me, After I bought you that drink. I got chills down my spine from his reaction but I'm so glad I walked away and went over to the man I saw across the bar and asked him if he'd like to dance with me. Now I broke my rule #2 that night which really goes hand in hand with rule #1, but fortunately I only had 2 drinks the whole night so I wasn't drunk. I thought I had chemistry with the second man I danced with, he was just my type. But so was Ned at first glance. When I left the dance floor I saw that my drink had been removed from the bar, and this second guy bought me another glass of champagne. Only this time he and I talked to each other and I didn't lose interest, it actually increased. I told him what had happened with that other guy, who I didn't see again, maybe because I wasn't looking or maybe he left in his rage and it was a rage. This man walked me to my car and we met up at a local diner for breakfast. This man and I were a couple from that day forward, we fell in love, no harm no foul. One night I had my tv on but I wasn't actually watching the show, I was doing something else but I was listening. The story caught my attention when they named the bar, that bar from so long ago. So I rewound to the beginning of this show and gasped in horror, I wanted to vomit, I wanted to jump out a window, I wanted to run away, but I sat on my couch and watched, it was any single woman's worst nightmare, believe me, to be watching a show that's telling a story, a story that I would have been a part of had I not left that raging man at the bar that night to dance with someone else. The man I saw from 1986 looked like a Monster to me now, a true boogeyman monster. That was the man who bought me that glass of champagne, whom I danced with, and believed I owed him something more. When he didn't get it he made that big scene, stomping his feet, yelling at me, and I believe to the core of my bones I would have died that night had I had more interest in him. Fortunately and only by sheer luck I made a very wise decision. Even 30 years later I'll never forget the guy who stomped his feet, but I had totally forgotten him personally until I watched the show of this murderous monster. I can't read this book, although I want to, but more importantly I wish Michael Phelps and I had spoken face to face so I could tell him about my own scary night when I face Ned Snelgrove.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
. . . and clearly worth reading. Just be aware that this is not a chronological story per se, but rather a commentary on one true crime writer's participation in the production of a true crime tv show - which I unfortunately have not seen. I like this writer, and enjoyed his additional information and insights. Perhaps most of all, I appreciated his honest insight into a murder within his own family. I could really identify, since we too have an unsolved homicide in our immediate family. It's forever haunting, and I don't often find this anywhere else . . .
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on October 23, 2014
I'm a big fan of both the writers, but this item was a little disappointing. Not enough Greg Olsen for one thing. M. William Phelps is always great, but he needed a better editor/proofreader this time considering the typos and errors. It seems like this work was done in a hurry. Still interesting, though. I have to admit my major disappointment was the relatively short length.
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on August 23, 2014
This contains a few short stories based on books he has written. He also talks about Dark Minds his tv show on ID. It was written to be specifically an e-book. There were a couple writing errors. But all in all I enjoyed it,it's a quick read and I would recommend it.
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on September 15, 2014
Mr. Olsen is a fine writer and based on his previous books which were very good. This one is a very poor read with nothing to read but a lot of double talk and informative nonsense. Truly a "lousy" read.
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on June 28, 2014
I've been reading for 50 years and this is just the second time I felt I wanted a refund for a book I'd bought. There are more editing errors in this book than any other I've ever read. Mistakes range from misspellings to indentation errors to sentences that have no periods at their ends. On page 49 Phelps actually APOLOGIZES for the poor quality of graphic work in the book. I've never heard of an author doing that before. In addition, much of this book is nothing more than a publicity vehicle for other books he's written and for a TV show that he apparently hosts. Based on this book alone, I would never purchase another of his works or bother with the TV show. He's a serial expert all right, a serial hack. This was literally the worst reading experience of my life. I can't even find an adjective to describe how disgusting it was.
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on March 12, 2015
i give this one star as author apologises for hand written letters from the killer not being legable yet author does nothing to correct this problem. rediculous. im sorry i bought this book.
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on February 4, 2015
A different kind of book that tells about how the authors of these books compile and obtain information about the killers they write about
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on October 6, 2014
It wasn't a bad book. It just lacked a lot of info for my liking... Coulda been alil longer n more detailed for my liking
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on January 12, 2015
I thought the book would go further into these stories. These are just appetizers for other reads a bit disappointed.
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