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Product Details

  • Paperback: 263 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; Original edition (November 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616141638
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616141639
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Veteran grim-lit readers may have noticed a recent uptick in the number of books plumbing the depths of all-star fiends (Henry Lee Lucas, Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, etc.). Philbin has assembled a tribute to serial killers a little different in presentation and attribution: the words in it are “direct quotations from the letters, confessions, trial transcripts and the like” of the blood-stained miscreants themselves. Each chapter begins with a career summary of a single slaughterer and his crimes (all the subjects are male, except for Aileen Wuornos). Coverage reaches back in time to Jack the Ripper and H. H. Holmes and includes lesser-known psychopaths Westley Allan Dodd and Edmund Kemper along with such more familiar homicides as David Berkowitz and Albert Fish. A good many of these human-hunters' narratives are extremely disturbing, certainly not for the faint of heart. (Consider yourself warned.) Yet this is an excellent addition to the serial-killer literature because of the straight-from-the-heart-of-darkness provenance of those same gruesome stories. --Mike Tribby

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"I, Monster is a must read for anyone in law enforcement, and a fascinating read for those who aren't. An experienced police writer, Tom Philbin has done it again." --Rich Roberts, director of special operations, International Union of Police Associations, AFL-CIO

"If you like to have nightmares, this is the book for you" --Tom Towler, screenwriter of movies on Ted Bundy and Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer

"Philbin's compelling and graphic profiles take readers deep inside the minds of some of history's most notorious serial killers. This is not for the faint of heart, but I, Monster does tell it like it is for anyone who wrestles with the horror of serial killing." --Frederic Reamer, professor, School of Social Work, Rhode Island College; author of Heinous Crime: Cases, Causes, and Consequences

"[Serial Killers] are the vilest of the vile, and they need our scorn, not our admiration. This is an important book. Read it! But not before bedtime." --Michael H Stone, MD, professor of clinical psychiatry, Columbia University and author of The Anatomy of Evil and Personality Disorders: Treatable and Untreatable


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I really didn't find this book any different than reading a Wikipedia page.
Joseph Arseneau
I think I will spend my time reading something with information I can't find by doing a quick Google search.
cassie1971
As a fan of true crime, I have read quite a few books on the topic, and Tom Philbin has done it again!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brax611 on May 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book was a very phoned in effort by the author. It was about 75-85% direct quotations, and the rest was poorly done, mostly paraphrased summaries of who the killers were. There were incorrect facts in a couple of places. There was a chapter that was 34 pages long that had the diary of one of the killers. it was hand written and impossible to read in most places, and the author didn't bother to transcribe any of it. A couple of chapters used sources from the internet, including one chapter that actually used Wikipedia as a source. The author also was obviously preoccupied with trying to present the book as dark and disturbing, which makes any seasoned fan of true crime roll their eyes. Between quotes that can easily be found on the internet, and badly written and sometimes incorrect summaries, there is absolutely no reason to buy this book.
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I really didn't find this book any different than reading a Wikipedia page. Some of the handwritten notes by the killers were very difficult to read in my Kindle and there were no transcribed pages in the font of the book to make things easier. Some of the notes were transcribed which obviously helped in reading them.
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By Meggie3667 on May 26, 2013
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WOW! awesome & scary with such detail- its great! just to fore warn you though- don't read this book at night ^.^
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deb on December 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
I worked in corrections and yes I worked with some of the most heinous individuals and thought I'd read and seen it all; until TRYING to read this book! The self proclaimed indignation of these "animals" made me physically ill! So yes if the public REALLY wants to know what the "serial killer's makeup and physche is all about I HIGHLY SUGGEST THIS BOOK. BUT FAIR WARNING you better have a strong stomach! And to MR.John Wayne Gacy Professional, I hate to burst your bubble but NO ONE IS A PRO WHEN IT COMES TO UNDERSTANDING THE SERIAL KILLER!
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