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The Grim Sleeper: The Lost Women of South Central Hardcover – June 13, 2017
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Time, One of the Best True Crime Books of All Time
“Christine Pelisek meticulously details the case of the L.A. serial killer called 'the Grim Sleeper' as only someone who reported on the case for 10 years could . . . Pelisek’s book carefully details the lives of each victim and tells a broader story about homicide investigations in neighborhoods ridden with poverty and gang violence. The book reveals the hard truth that often victims found in high–crime areas are neglected by the police and the press—which is likely how a serial killer ran rampant for two decades.” —Time, One of the Best True Crime Books of All Time
“This upsetting account of a Los Angeles serial killer, written with passion by Christine Pelisek, an investigative crime reporter who spent 10 years working the case, blurts out a hard truth that no one wants to acknowledge . . . [She] tries to restore dignity to some of the victims by drawing sympathetic and carefully detailed life histories for each and every one of them.” —Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
“Painfully relevant . . . The heart of this book—which is indeed grim, but also necessary—is in its subtitle, 'The Lost Women of South Central' . . . At its best, The Grim Sleeper is an informal ethnography that describes how African American families came to Los Angeles from the South and Midwest, what they found there, what they didn’t. It is a group portrait of families clawing their way into the middle class, only to often slip back into poverty, drugs and alcohol. Pelisek is masterful in teasing out the stories of Franklin’s victims. For the first time, you will know their names, and their names will stay with you.” —Los Angeles Times
“[A] gripping reconstruction of the lives of some of the many impoverished victims of the recently convicted serial slayer.” —New York
“Through this fascinating read, Pelisek delves deeply into the connections between the war on drugs, the misguided search for The Southside Slayer, the Los Angeles Police Department's indifference, and the cultural disregard for sex workers . . . An engrossing read for those invested in true crime, but also a cautionary tale for law enforcement.” —Bitch
“A dark and disturbing story that reveals the failure of the police and the justice system in impoverished communities of color, The Grim Sleeper is a must–read for true crime fans who want to see how crime reporting can make a difference.” —Bustle
“Pelisek takes readers through the investigation step–by–step, and she also delves into the details of the women's lives. The author paints each victim clearly, and she palpably captures the pain of the families left behind . . . True–crime fans will greatly appreciate Pelisek's detail and determination.”—Kirkus Reviews
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- Publisher : Counterpoint; First Edition (June 13, 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 325 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1619027240
- ISBN-13 : 978-1619027244
- Item Weight : 1.36 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #329,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pelisek's main strength in this book was making you the reader, feel some compassion or actually care about the women that Lonnie Franklin Jr. killed.
Yes, the majority of the women he killed were deep into the street life (drug usage, prostitution, strawberrying, and etc.). But that doesn't mean that these women's lives didn't mean something. Because if you read this book, you would have seen just how much these women's deaths affected their families back in the 1980s and in the present time.
In essence, pick up this book if you want to read a good true crime book and you want some closure on the Grim Sleeper case.
The Grim Sleeper by Christine Pelisek tells the story of one of California’s most deadly serial killers, who killed many in Los Angeles in the 1980’s and was mainly ignored, only to return in 2002. Because the victims were poor, often drug addicted prostitutes, it is felt that the police did not take the killings as seriously as they might have. The author is a reporter who studied and involved herself in the case for more than a decade. She provided a lot of info about the victims, their families, and the case itself and how it was solved. The story was interesting and it was well written. I give the book 4 stars.