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Eye of the Beast: The True Story of Serial Killer James Wood Paperback – December 1, 1998

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Convicted and sentenced to death in 1993 for the kidnapping and murder of an 11-year-old Idaho girl, James Wood has been credited with at least 85 rapes, 185 robberies and dozens of murders. In this compelling if incomplete report, Birmingham News writer Adams, forensic psychologist Brooks-Mueller and former Pocatello PD investigator Shaw, who spearheaded the investigation, tell Wood's horrific story in straightforward language, evidently understanding that sensationalism would lessen the impact. They describe the efforts of police and behavioral scientists to create a profile of the suspect's personality and behavior patterns before discovering his identity. Woods's need to be "in control" is illuminated, as are his desire to steal "innocence" and success from others, anger toward women and complete lack of remorse. The basic facts of his early life are given?his father's incarceration in Leavenworth Penitentiary, his mother's death in a fire, his vague claims of abuse at the hands of his stepfather?but little insight is offered into how such a rapacious psychopathic predator is produced. Still, the writers successfully blend into their earnest chronicle the tales of a community's massive response to the disappearance of a child, of a careful investigation and arrest and of a long, disturbing interview with a man utterly without conscience, driven strictly by vengeance and rage. Photos.
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"Compelling!" --Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Addicus Books (December 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886039321
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886039322
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,323,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This started out really interesting and I felt I knew the characters. I was curious about what happened with his marriage and step daughter but the author didn't elaborate on this and left that part hanging. It was a little graphic in areas which is o.k., but near the end I felt all the references to the LDS took away from the story. However I did appreciate the show of compassion and love they had for the little girl. Great commendations to the police and detectives who worked on this case!! We can all feel a little safer now. It was almost scary how well the detective had to get to know the killer. How hard that must have been, but what an insight it provided to how the serial killer works. People like that should never ever be able to get out of prison.
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The typos are strange (his) (llis)- The(die) I have never read a book with so many grammar errors, typos and formatting ( strange hyphens) Now for the content, I am enjoying the book.. It may be because I lived it .. I lived in Pocatello when this was happening. It drastically changed our community. It is hard for me to read this at times, and I find myself having to sit it down and shifting my thoughts to something more positive. I am enjoying the book, but extremely distracted by the errors. The book is graphic in the descriptions, but the crimes this monster committed were horrific.

The Kindle edition has weird formatting issues, weird garbled, non-sensical words. Whomever edited this book needs to try again. The story however (especially if you are from the area) is pretty good.
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By A Customer on July 5, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Eye of the Beast provided a great portrayal of the actions and crimes of James Wood. The only thing lacking was the past history that led Wood to act out in such a way. The book started after he had already been in prison for an earlier crime, but no insight into the development of beast inside. Regardless the book was a great read!
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The Eye Of The Beast was the most awesome book I have ever read! I read it straight through in one day because I could not put it down. As soon as I picked the book up, I was instantly hooked. I guarantee you will love this book!
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By A Customer on March 31, 2001
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I read approximately 6-7 books a week, and this is the first book that has prompted me to write a review...EVER. This book is poorly written because it never gives the reader reasons why this man became who he is...no history is provided for the reader to understand how a man could do the crimes he committed. I too, read this book in one sitting, mostly because I wanted to get the horror of it over with quickly. Whomever edited the book must have been in another world that day, because the author's thoughts are convoluted most of the time and I found myself wondering what he was trying to say. The amount of errors in proof-reading this book is distracting and the book should be corrected and reprinted. No history, no details, no train of thought involved in writing this book - just the author telling a story that has been written over and over again by better writers than this one.
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I am not sure how this book came available in "kindle edition" but the entire thing is filled with spelling errors. It was distracting and so obvious that I am sure it was not reviewed/edited in any way. Completely disappointing to pay money for what looks like typical blog comments.
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Growing up in pocatello and having a mom that worked at bannock county sheriff's department during this time me and my sister were put on lock down for months and couldn't go anywhere without our parents due to this monster. After reading the whole story I understand why. Wish there weren't so many spelling errors but definitely an intense read. God bless the Underwood family my thoughts and prayers will always be with you!
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Book Review: Eye of the Beast by Terry Adams, Mary Brooks-Mueller and Scott Shaw

During a summer afternoon in 1993 in Idaho, USA, an eleven year girl by the name of Jeralee Underwood disappeared from a sidewalk while delivering the local newspaper. The grisly murder of Jeralee Underwood was the final crime in James Wood’s lifetime career of armed robbery, kidnapping, rape and murder. Another lovely sociopath/psychopath turd from the good old USA!. Wood brought terror to a close-knit community. It is stated in the book and other sources that Wood raped over 100 women and men and murdered up to 20 people! Why wasn’t this monster tried and electrified earlier on?

The book is a gripping read and is illustrated with a block of numerous black and white photographs. There are several photographs of Jeralee Underwood. She is rather beautiful and cute and was also intelligent and had everything to live for. It’s a great tragedy without a doubt and nothing will ever bring back Jeralee and the others that Wood murdered. No-one in the world should have been subject to what poor little Jeralee went through as she was murdered. Wood had a heart attack in 2004 while in prison and well before his turn for the lethal injection treatment.

This 258-page paper back book is a valuable addition to the crime’s buff library. Highly recommended.

Dr Trevor J Hawkeswood
Author: Light and Dark- My Experiences with the Paranormal (2013) and Spiders of Australia (2003)
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