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Without Remorse: The Story of The Woman Who Kept The Los Angeles' Serial Killers Alive Paperback – November 20, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Locks Press; 1st edition (November 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979585287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979585289
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,053,570 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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Brilliant... It really grabbed me.
A. Ruby
She has also provided vital information to the warning signs of developing sociopathy personalities.
Daniel Banando
"Without Remorse" is an intriguing look into the mind of the serial killer, highly recommended.
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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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11 of 14 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JenniferSugar on August 28, 2008
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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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2 of 2 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 Jill C. Nelson on February 9, 2009
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Psychologist Dr. Vonda Pelto's unplugged documentation of her encounters with the much maligned male inmates housed at L.A. County Men's jail in the early 1980s, is a stark and refreshing memoir. Detaching herself from the brutality of their crimes, Pelto is able to get beneath the skin of the serial killer to effectively connect with these men discarded by society. Her admitted vulnerability and keen ability to relate while in the presence of infamous serial killers like William Bonin (Freeway Killer) and Kenneth Bianchi (Hillside Strangler), sets this story apart from anything else written on the subject of the incarcerated criminal.

While Dr. Pelto hardly condones their horrific acts, neither does she adopt a superior attitude toward her charges when listening to the gory specifics during her sessions. In order to survive, Pelto quickly learned how to distance herself from their crimes, in order to deal with each man independently, and as a human being.

While vividly recounting many of the parallels between her often conflicted personal life and that of the inmates, she aptly describes the bond shared between them and how she could identify with their feelings of loneliness and despair.

In contrast to some of the darker elements exposed thoughout the pages, Dr. Pelto also regales the readers with lighter fare - in particular, she warmly recalls how charismatic X-rated film legend, John Holmes, promised marriage if Pelto would sneak him a Cadbury chocolate bar during his hunger strike, while he was held in contempt of court. The porn icon was one of her star pupils and often provided a welcome reprieve during the days when a cup of coffee wouldn't suffice.

As the recipient of their grisly confessions while casting personal judgment aside, Dr. Pelto doesn't mince words as she invites the reader to partake of a world where most people wouldn't dare set foot.

This is a great read from a gutsy lady.
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