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Without Remorse: The Story of The Woman Who Kept The Los Angeles' Serial Killers Alive Paperback


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  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Locks Press; 1st edition (November 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979585287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979585289
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,486,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In unflinching language, Vonda Pelto escorts us into the claustrophobic bedlam of a giant jailhouse and lays bare the behavior of notorious serial killers. Pulling no punches, she allows us a voyeuristic look into their convoluted minds, and shares shocking personal experiences that will leave you reeling. --Don Lasseter Author, Journalist

Dr. Vonda Pelto s brutally honest book, Without Remorse, takes the reader on a forbidden tour behind the gates of the men s jail, a haunted house where Serial Killers live. But most powerful is the juxtaposition of Pelto s personal and professional life, with its conflicts between men and women, sex and violence, and intimidation and vulnerability. --Carole Lieberman M.D., M.P.H., Forensic Psychiatrist / Expert

Dr. Vonda Pelto s brutally honest book, Without Remorse, takes the reader on a forbidden tour behind the gates of the men s jail, a haunted house where Serial Killers live. But most powerful is the juxtaposition of Pelto s personal and professional life, with its conflicts between men and women, sex and violence, and intimidation and vulnerability. --Carole Lieberman M.D., M.P.H., Forensic Psychiatrist / Expert

About the Author

Vonda L. Pelto, Ph. D. is married to an attorney. She is the mother of two daughters and grandparent of six. Vonda lives and works in Los Angeles County.

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I would recomend this book to anyone.
jeremy
The main character is very likable and shares her own struggles and how she ends up with this position with in a prison.
JBWALT
Fasten your seat belts--this is a wild read!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Stewart on May 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is not your typical true crime story--this is the story of a normal, small town girl thrown into the wolves' den that was the Los Angeles Mens' County Jail back in the 80s! Names that can still evoke nightmares--Ken Bianchi, Doug Clark, William Bonin--were the budding psychologist's daily visitors. Vonda's job was to keep them alive, and theirs were the faces that greeted her each day--for coffee and cookies--and the chilling retellings of their crimes. Dr. Pelto seemlessly weaves the stories of these monsters with tales from her own life as she struggles to balance some semblance of normallcy with the terrors of her day job. Fasten your seat belts--this is a wild read!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By G. Depaolo on October 7, 2008
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I thought this book, although keeping my interest, was a disappointment. I thought it was childishly written and held more information about "coffee" (the word appears on almost every page!) and the shiny floors of the prison. I guess I was looking for a more vivid explanation of why these prisoners did what they did. I found no information into the minds of the serial killers, why they did what they did, how they felt at the time and if they were mentally unbalanced as kids. I wasn't interested in her life as a struggling woman raising 2 kids, her affairs after her marriage, etc. I wanted more information into the minds of these killers, which she could not provide to my satisfaction. No one cares what she wore or how these men flirted with her at her job. I was expecting more of a psychological profile of the men, not her.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JenniferSugar on August 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
WITHOUT REMORSE is truly a unique portrayal of some of the most notorious serial killers in Los Angeles -- the Trashbag Killer, the Hillside Strangler, the Freeway Killer, etc. Dr. Vonda Pelto spent time with each of these men while working inside the L.A. County Jail as a psychologist. With vivid detail, including her thoughts while talking with the inmates, Pelto shares the gruesome details of the murders through her dialogue with the inmates. But what really makes WITHOUT REMORSE unique, is Pelto's unashamed and relatable telling of her own life and her feelings -- beginning as a naive, young woman struggling to care for her two daughters and trying to survive in a very harsh work environment.

One bright side of Pelto's work at the prison is her meeting with the late porn star, John Holmes, while he was awaiting trial and subsequently held for contempt of court. As with her other patients, Pelto's believable dialogue with "The Wadd" brings him to life and offers insight to John and his 111 days in jail.

Pelto's book is an entertaining and inspiring story, and its ending makes me excited for her next book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By m morrissey on April 29, 2012
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It doesn't seem to me that she was very well equipped to do her job at this facility either. Actually that's a bit unfair. Very little was expected of her, as she outlines the duties as proscribed for her, and she managed to preside over this menagerie without any of these highly narcissistic guys doing away with themselves. I mean, just about anybody might have been able to ace this gig. As others have commented, there is far too much about her own life story. You don't pick up a book such as this to read about the life of Vonda. It wasn't entirely without interest, her life, but the wonderful world of Vonda might have been better held in reserve for another book, one which, frankly, I wouldn't have bothered to read. Sorry, Vonda!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JBWALT on October 23, 2011
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This book gives you an inside look into the world of high profile inmates. As a reader it gave me many emotions, including fear, anticipation, and liking of some of the inmates. The main character is very likable and shares her own struggles and how she ends up with this position with in a prison.

One of my favorite books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jeremy on May 21, 2011
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Just an amazing book. Im not a big reader but I just could not put this book down. Its so discriptive and detailed that I feel as if im walking the hall of the jail myself. What amazing story about a women and he strugle to balance her work life as well as her family. Its crazy to think about a person whos job is to literaly keep killers from killing themselfs. I would recomend this book to anyone.
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