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Making of a Serial Killer: The Real Story of the Gainesville Student Murders in the Killer's... (True Crime Series) Paperback – November, 1996


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Product Details

  • Series: True Crime Series (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 201 pages
  • Publisher: Feral House; Special Limited ed edition (November 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0922915407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0922915408
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,385,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is little in this that is truthful and certainly nothing that is useful.
Richard A. Duffus
Since it's like an autobiography, there is a first person narration going on which is a little distracting but overall adds to make it easier to read.
A. Somers
I won't get all wordy about this, but if you enjoy reading about true crime, this one will make your neck hairs stand up.
Dillinger1958

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By M. W. on November 7, 2002
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Having read another book about the same subject, this book was a massive disappointment. I'm not sure if I expected to get a feeling for who the victims were, as this was co-authored by Danny Rolling himself, but I certainly hoped Sondra London would delve into this much more than was done, although she can't really be called objective.
Having lived in Gainesville in the 90's, this book in no way captures the essence of the town which was shocked out of its innocence and changed forever by these horrific crimes. It's sad to say, but the most engrossing aspect of these books is not the endless exploration of Rolling's life (of which there is a LOT), but the few short (and I do mean SHORT) mentions of the murders themselves. I found myself skipping to these parts of the book, only because the rest was so unenlightening.
The murders and mutilations, although heinous, are somehow diminished in their atrocity by the total lack of insight into the lives that were being ended, the city and campus that were being changed forever, or the emotional disasters being wreaked on the families and friends of the victims. Rolling is just not that interesting. His ramblings about the alter-ego "Gemini" mask the true reason for all this tragedy -- his social impotence, lack of success with work or women, and his rage at all others that he perceived to have easier lives than he had.
For a great account of these crimes, read The Gainesville Ripper, by Mary S. Ryzuk instead.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Professor Rowe on August 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
Ms. London has been called the Queen of the serial killer groupies, but no one will ever call her the queen of crime writers. Along with her then-boyfiend Rolling, the couple trots out every pathetic excuse imaginable for his murders. The fact that this is from "Feral Press" should be warning enough.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
Anyone considering purchasing this book should first be made well aware that neither of the authors are/were literary geniuses. Far from it in all actuality.
Much like Manson, Rollings has a touch of the artistic side within him. Perhaps it's merely the a-la-carte that so often accompanies insanity. This book contains much of his poetry, lyrics and drawings. Again, I stress that he is NOT great at any of the aforementioned. Neither is Manson, but still... it was entertaining on a certain, twisted level.
Rollings was definitely not wired correctly from early on, and Ms. London (in my humble opinion) may have a little of the same problem upstairs, as well. Rollings (coincidently?) was not the first killer that Ms. London has been romantically involved with. She even fancies herself a singer and songwriter, which (if you have the time and inclination) you can find online and feast on an auditory sample thereof. When doing so, I must warn you to refrain from drinking any beverages when the music commences... else liquids will fly with great velocity during the riotous fits of laughter that will inevitably follow.
Yet, even with all that I have mentioned so far, this book is greatly entertaining. Perhaps that IS the very reason why it's an enjoyable read. It isn't verbally over-stuffed and psychologically fluffed. It is what it is... if you can take it as such. And much like a bad train wreck, one is some how drawn to slow down and give it a look.
I liked it a lot. It's an easy read. Put it on the coffee table if you're not afraid of scaring away the neighbors. Then again... hmmmm. ;)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Juliana Elise on October 15, 2013
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Spare me please. The way it presented POOR DANNY as a victim of child abuse and the whole world in on the act sickens me. I have lived in Shreveport for over 50 years and I remember when the Grissom family was butchered by this ghoul. My family and I lived one street over from that poor family. Danny Rolling makes such a plea about the need for us to stop child abuse but what did Danny do? He took the life of a young boy.
I'm actually sickened because he never publicly acknowledged that unchangeable fact. I can only believe that he never admitted to the deaths in Shreveport because we ALL know where child killers stand in the prison hierarchy. For all of his self-serving piety he wasn't even man enough to confess to that, choosing instead to put his selfish pathetic self first once again. I'm glad he's gone. He'll never kill again.
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31 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Duffus on April 29, 2002
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Having been involved with Rolling and Bobby Lewis at the time this book-like thing was being devised and thus having first-hand knowledge of many of the facts, I strongly advise others against buying into Rolling's carefully crafted deception. There is little in this that is truthful and certainly nothing that is useful. I would find it laughable if it weren't for the fact that Rolling slaughtered eight people, including an 8-year old child, then deceived those in whom he confided, Lewis and London, in order to bring his dream of being published to fruition.
So if you support murder in general, wish to applaud Rolling for these killings in particular, or want to help him torment his victims' families, then by all means shell out your dough. But if you're looking for factual or useful information, look elsewhere.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
I expected this to be the story of a serial killer in the eyes of a serial killer. Instead, the author (and purported lover of serial killer Danny Rolling) constructs a story from Rolling and those people who came in contact with him. London did expose some of Rolling's character flaws (pretending to be a master of karate, his adolescent personality, etc.). Still, I felt rather dirty buying this book because it was written by someone who loves and is capitalizing on the actions of a loser who killed 5 young, innocent people for little more than the thrills it gave him.
The quality of the writing is not good, and the draft looks more like a preliminary copy. Sloppy writing at best, particularly in an age of word processors with spell checkers.
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