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on June 15, 2016
As much as I hate to admit it, this is a very engaging book. Fans of true crime, like myself, will enjoy the first person aspect of one of the two parallel stories that run through the book.
Jesperson absolutely lets us inside his head as he recounts his killing spree in the mid to late 80's. He tells us what he was thinking at the time prior to, during and after the murders. It's fascinating. He recounts his killings as though they are an addiction that no other substance or experience can match. There are periods where he seems to be able to control things but, the slightest bump in his life and he'd be back enticing and murdering young women. Seems Keith Jesperson felt he never truly fit anywhere and the solitary life of a trucker suited his personality.
The other story is Olsen's account of Jesperson's early life, mainly his interaction with a controlling, alcoholic father who never truly accepted Jesperson the child. Jesperson in his own way sought his father's approval but never seemed to get it. In his mind his siblings weren't subject to the same rigors and trials as he was. Never quite living up to his father's expectations Jesperson keeps himself in close proximity of his father working hard, entering business deals with his father, which usually backfired, and never truly breaking the ties.
Once in prison, the book moves more to the relationship with his father via letters written between the two. This portion highlights the dysfunction as Jesperson tries to relay to his father how he felt growing up in his father's overbearing shadow. It's very sad but, we have to ask ourselves, is this causality for his actions ?
Summary: Very well written account of Jesperson's killing spree. Yet again, Jack Olsen distances himself from the crowd of true crime writers through another engaging work.