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Double Lives: True Tales of the Criminals Next Door Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B07BW9W4FV
- Publisher : Mango Media (August 15, 2018)
- Publication date : August 15, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 1120 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 205 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #239,163 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Eric Brach now joins the pantheon of these writers' work with "Double Lives," a compelling and totally readable exploration of why certain people in our very own neighborhoods do the horrible things they do. Spanning the 20th century and into the 21st (in locales from CA to TX to NJ), these individual stories of menace and mayhem track the criminals from their (mostly) humble backgrounds and lower- to middle-class adulthood when the troubles bloomed. Little-known offenders like arsonist John Leonard Orr to famous perpetrators of evil like the BTK killer and child molester/congressman Dennis Hastert are profiled; Brach breaks down their lives, their seeming normalcy, and their horrific crimes - as well as the aftermath and their eventual capture.
In writing about these past crimes - instead of about current, unsolved horrors - the writer has the ability to allay some of the readers' fears of these "next-door" criminals by closing the circuit on them and concluding each chapter with their capture and prison sentences. None of the criminals get away with their crimes, and all are punished and put away so that the public can sleep just a little better knowing they no longer roam our streets our our neighborhoods.
The writer also makes the curious - but ultimately successful - choice of bringing his own personal history into the mix. Brach does this from the very beginning, explaining his interest in the subject of destruction and self-destruction by relating brief stories of the people he knows who have died. In the Introduction, and in two separate chapters, he inserts himself into the book with these stories of loss and addiction. In the two "Evan" chapters, he deals with his struggles of having consciously avoided contact with his childhood friend later in life, when the boy he met in Jr. High was now a man who had been in and out of rehab for serious drug addiction. It's a raw admission from a writer still conflicted about his own actions - and inaction - with regard to someone he considered a best friend in high school to a person who scared him enough to even skip his funeral.
These two chapters actually give the other chapters - and the other stories of criminals the writer has never met but has only researched - more resonance, and humanizes even the most horrific of these criminals by reminding us that these people could have been our neighbors, our co-workers, our classmates, or even our friends. Besides the fact that these bite-sized stories about the evil that lurks in the hearts and minds of men (and women) are engrossing and entertaining, these tales also generate our compassion for the criminals and the idea that if they had shared their demons with someone else, perhaps these crimes may have been stopped ... or never committed in the first place. In our current age of social media and oversharing, perhaps there are future crimes against humanity that may be shared and stopped before they even occur. It's our job as good citizens and neighbors to look for the clues from these people out to do harm (and self-harm) and reach out to them before they can destroy themselves or others.
Not sure how much his facts can be relied upon either. He attributes the Oklahoma City bombing to the Unabomber!? Um, no that was Timothy McVeigh. This should be basic knowledge for someone writing true crime.
All that said, I did enjoy the book, and it has led to me to look further into some of the cases mentioned.
I picked it up as a Daily Deal for 1.99, so I feel I got my money's worth. If I'd paid 10.49 I'd be very disappointed.
in a compelling and readable fashion. He shows that the depths of depravity can be hidden
in seemingly normal people. This frightening combination makes this an outstanding read which
you will not want to put down. I highly recommend this book and look forward to this
author’s next work Any of these stories would make a great movie . Hollywood take notice.
But seriously, well-written, easy to read, engaging true stories of seemingly normal people who are anything but. Highly recommended