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Body Dump: Kendall Francois, the Poughkeepsie Serial Killer Kindle Edition
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“The one true crime masterpiece I have read.” —The Guardian on Lobster Boy
About the Author
A former columnist for the Arts and Leisure Section of the New York Times, Fred Rosen is a veteran true crime and history author of twenty-four published books.
A native of Brooklyn, he became a writer at about 1 a.m. one night in 1977 at University of Southern California’s film school. Earlier that morning, his editing professor, Ken Robinson, who later edited the film Purple Rain, challenged him. “You’re supposed to be a writer,” he said after sharply criticizing a script Rosen wrote for the class.
- ASIN : B010N002C2
- Publisher : Open Road Media; Reissue edition (July 1, 2015)
- Publication date : July 1, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 4266 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 239 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #678,501 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book's presentation is interesting, appearing firstly to be jumping around but the reader discovers this is a likely ploy paralleling the confused thought processes or machinations of Kendall who forgot about one of the eight victims he'd killed and put in his attic. Kendall's M.O. was static, his signature (bathing) intriguing, but his motive elusive and not a factor in conviction, certainly a rarity in itself.
We have opportunity to witness the downside of sovereignty and non-cooperative jurisdiction of Town, City, State and Federal policing authorities until a serial killer is suspected. Rosen took some potshots as: "Law enforcement's continued reliance on the outmoded, ineffectual and unproved FBI serial killer organized and disorganized modality does nothing to help in catching these criminals." But, is this fair game when there are no bodies and no crime scenes?
All in all, I found the book interesting as a recital of an otherwise incongruous story of a killer stashing bodies (unbeknownst to family) in the attic and basement of his parent's home near the Vassar and Marist Colleges in Town and City of Poughkeepsie. Do take the time to read it.
This was an interesting and quick read into the crimes of a serial killer. The one disappointing aspect, however, was the limited information provided into the background of Francois. While readers are provided information about his adulthood (mostly following high school), details of his family life were little. Of course, this could be attributed to the fact that the Francois family chose to enter into seclusion following the arrest of Kendall.
This is an interesting read. I would recommend it to fans of the true crime genre.