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Savage Son Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2010
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I am currently working on my eighth true crime book, TEACH ME TO KILL, about the murder of Diane Tilly which will be released in 2013. I am also working with Philip H. Anselmo (ex-Pantera/Down) on his autobiography which should be released sometime in late 2013. In addition, I am co-authoring a book with Tracey Damron, ex-wife of former Kentucky legislator Steve Nunn, who has been convicted of murdering his fiancee, which will hopefully hit the shelves in 2014.
I am also the co-founder of the Housecore Horror Film Festival, along with philip Anselmo, which will premiere in October 2013 in Austin, texas.
Top Customer Reviews
Many purported quotes were merely literary license as well as often misquoted media accounts. Granted, the book makes for entertaining reading for those who enjoy this genre, however, the author's credibility for a true and factual account leave much to be desired.
In SAVAGE SON, he describes Sugar Lakes, the subdivision in which the Whitaker family lived, as a gated community. He relates how Steven Champagne, the driver of the getaway car, managed to bypass the keypad controlling the gate by slipping in behind another car. In fact, he twice makes reference to the gate and keypad. Sugar Lakes has never been a gated community in the thirty years of its existance, so I am left to conclude that Mitchell never visited himself.
Another research error, but less glaring, is the author's contention that Kent and Bart Whitaker were taken to Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital to recover from their wounds, and he sets a number of chapters in their hospital room. Memorial Hermann Sugar Land did not exist in 2003; it opened in late 2006.
I found the writing to be stilted and sometimes trite. This line was my favorite: "It was only a matter of time before it would be too late." I would have laughed aloud, but Mitchell was referring to the imminent death of Tricia Whitaker.
As murders in Sugar Land are thankfully rare, I followed this case closely. I looked forward to the publication of SAVAGE SON and was quite disappointed.
and what struck me about this one is the fact the father (Kent Whitaker) is so forgiving of
his sociopathic son who tried to kill his family three times before finally succeeding in
killing his mother and brother. The son was a compulsive liar all his life and the parents
just couldn't believe their "angel" did some of the things he did. Yet, he still believes in him and thinks he's become a good God-loving individual.
While the story is tragic and in some ways, I admire Kent Whitaker for his forgiveness, I mostly
find it bazaar. How can he want a relationship with his manipulative son that has lied and
manipulated people his entire life?! How can he trust his son? Forgiveness, I understand, as
it heals the soul. But why would the father type the son's blogs about horrid prison conditions and against the death penalty? (Prison is punishment -- it isn't supposed to be "Holiday Inn".)
Kent Whitaker portrays himself as a do-gooder and thinks he's so wonderful because he forgave his son. Well, I take issue with that. He goes too far in forgiving his sociopathic son and that isn't a religion I want. The father is in to himself. The son is too. Need i say
more? They both come across narcisstic, in my opinion!
In SAVAGE SON he succeeds again. I read this book as usual shaking my head and thinking WTF? This Bart Whitaker had it all, successful parents, privledged childhood, basically wanting for nothing and yet he still wants his parents dead so he can have the insurance money! Can you say GREEDY PIG? Usually I can reach really deep and find a shred of sympathy for these murderers but this guy, NO WAY. The only thing I can give him is he has to have a screw loose from birth.
Again I think why didn't anyone say anything when he was going around telling anyone that would listen that he wanted to kill his parents? Yes, one young girl did, she took the proper steps, called the police but like usual nothing came of it. He found some idiots to help him carry this plan out and never felt any remorse. After all, he didn't pull the trigger!!! The fact that his father forgave him for killing his wife and son is an amazing thing and he is a better person than I am. I would let him fry!
I always feel like a weirdo saying that a true crime book was great but Corey Mitchell's are. It's not the crime that makes it so good it's what the author does with the crime when he writes the story. Mr. MItchell has a gift for taking you to the scene and showing you everything. If you have not read his books, read them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Frightening look into the depth of a sociopath -- to plan the murders of his entire family -- mother, father & brother and go through with it! Twice! Read morePublished 13 days ago by Nancy McC in Tallahassee
This is a tragic case of privileged youth with unimaginable consequences all the way around. Readers will surely shake their head with disbelief to learn how an evil son strung... Read morePublished 28 days ago by DocRoss
The book was OK, if you share the author's views. This is the second book by Mr. Mitchell that I read (the other one is the Pure Murder) - it is clear from both that Mr. Read morePublished 1 month ago by SV303
I've been interested in this case ever since I saw it on Forensic Files several years ago. This book is a great account of what went on before, during, and after the crime and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Author Sheila Michelle
Excellent book- thoroughly enjoyed
reading this - I remember this story in the news and felt so sorry for the family - the deserves whatever comes his way
The author did a perfect job with the portrayal of Bart Whitaker. A man that is so disconnected that he plans the murder of his Dad, Mother, and Brother. It kept my attention! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Freida Elledge
This is perhaps the most padded TC book I have yet to encounter. My guess is the first draft ran under 200 pages before the writer painstakingly added words. Unfortunately, Mr. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very well put together. Well researched. Author made this account hard to put down. Well done. I highly recommend this prose.Published 5 months ago by aub
Incredible what this monster of a son did to his family. Well written Mr. Mitchell.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer