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The Deadly Dozen: America's 12 Worst Serial Killers (American Serial Killers) by [Keller, Robert]
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  • File Size: 1041 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: April 30, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K2DP62W
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It'd be nice if somebody compiled a list of serial killers from around the world for a change, instead of always making it look like people only kill people in the United States. To be fair however, if you follow author Robert Keller's extensive penmanship on the subject, he most certainly has focused on serial killers from all across the globe (http://www.amazon.com/Robert-Keller/e/B00C4XNJ04/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1). Further, the title of this particular book is certainly appropriate (in that it only focuses on American, or American born, serial killers), and as the author himself freely admits, his list of the twelve "worst" (in American history) is very much subjective.

And since author Robert Keller included the likes of such fiendish fellows (in the order they are examined in the book) as David Berkowitz, William Bonin, The Boston Strangler, Ted Bundy, Ed Corll, Jeffrey Dahmer, Albert Fish, John Wayne Gacy, Randy Kraft, Dennis Rader, Richard Ramirez, and Gary Ridgway, I'd say he did a better than average job of zeroing in on a more than worthy personal pick of some of the absolute worst ever.

Keller's The Deadly Dozen would be a relatively quick read for most, but it is written and researched quite well. Of course it contains a copious list of frightening and decidedly disturbing details about the personal background and the bevy of crimes of each killer, but the macabre material is handled quite tastefully in most cases, and even the faint of heart will still probably be enthralled while reading the book.

And yes, it's yet another one of those biopics that really is hard to put down. In fact, while reading The Deadly Dozen, I just had to keep turning those pages.
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I am an avid reader of true crime books and Rober Keller is now one of my favorite writers. A lot of the info I already knew but there was a lot I'd not read before. My worst nighmare was not Bundy or even Gacy but a cruel, sadist animal named Dean Corll (whom I'd not heard of until I read this book). The book is quite graphic and it is sickening to know how someone can do such unspeakable things to another human being. If you have the stomach for the macabre, then you will certainly enjoy this one. I have now moved on to another of Mr. Keller's books, Serial Killers Unsolved. I will review that at a later date.
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Reader beware if you are squeamish or prone to nightmares to not pick up this book even if you think you may be able to handle it. After normally one or two entries I would have to set the book down to get my thoughts away from the gruesomely disgusting acts that were being recorded within the pages.

The writing isn't the best that there is since of the fact there is no emotional depth into it whether it was trying to portray the victim and/or killer as a normal person twisted by the circumstances of life into their frightening role. Instead it was just a bland listing almost of the crime - what happened, who died, when and how or where the victim was found. And then a quick cap of what it took to capture the serial killer, how it was achieved, the sentencing if there was one and the results.

Parts of the chapter would give a brief look into the younger life and even the adult years of the serial killer before they started on their murderous spree but it was quick facts without a thought to the person that was there. Then again do murderers really deserve an attempt at making them human before darkness invades.

Another thing the last chapter - "What Makes A Serial Killer?" - should have been included at the beginning of the book in my opinion before exploring these notorious men. All in all, though, a somewhat decent read for those who are into gruesomely detailed true crime.
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Although these serial killers and their stories are well known, and I'm an avid reader of true crime, I still want to give this book four solid stars. The writing was an easy, entertaining read and written so that the reader was reminded why these are the 12 worst! Oh my goodness! The cover's promise of mind-bending evil delivers.
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The book kept me interested to the end of each story as to how each killer was caught. I would have preferred more detail of the life of each killer. What made them do it? Did they ever have remorse. Especially the killing of the very young. I understand the writer had limited space to each story, but more in depth details of the murderers personal life would have been good. All in all the book was an interesting read.
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It might seem odd to say that a book about serial killers is good bedtime reading but this book totally was. I tore through this book pretty quickly and enjoyed every minute of it. Keller outlines a nice group of serial killers, admittedly the worst based on his own personal opinion. As someone who has read quite a bit about serial killers over the years, I was pleasantly surprised that Keller had selected some for his list that were unknown to me. Keller does a good job of mixing some lesser known serial killers with the more commonly known ones.

If you are looking for a book that explores the "why" of serial killer mentality or the reasons why any of these particular serial killers did what they did, this is not the book for you. But if you are looking for the "who" and the "what" and the "when" and the "where" and even the "how" then this book will give you a good overview of Keller's pick of the 12 worst serial killers. It's not going to tell you what makes a serial killer tick but it will tell you about some of America's best psychos and is definitely worth a quick read if you're interested in the topic.
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