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This true crime book is based on the life of a man and his string of crimes that began in the 1940's when he was a young man and then continued for two decades. Some of his crimes were horrendous including the molestation and death of children. The crimes were terrible but the book lacked that "got to read" element. It failed to grab the reader and pull them into the stories. There were quite a few errors in the book.
The main murder presented in the book was told in a rather brief, "ho hum" way. There was little about the investigation of this crime which led to the conviction of the wrong man. The court proceedings and trial were very brief when compared to other books and it left me wanting more.
Would I recommend the book to others? Probably not.
Very detailed. Goes from somewhat tedious in the beginning to somewhat fascinating about halfway and out. Gives very good insight into how criminal process can go awry more often than one might believe. P.S. l have many years experience of criminal defense practice including death penalty although now retired. I have endured similar problems and consider this to be a fine study of many of the problems one may face, including those of law enforcement and prosecution, even with improvements that have occurred.
This was a very good read, chronological and well paced. Unbelievable suffering for the victims, their families and the wrongly accused. The justice system failed as it oftentimes does, but was at least finally corrected. Hatcher was a monster, leaves one with questions as to which was worse, his dysfunctional life or the legal/medical establishment. Or rather, who bears the brunt of responsibility more. He should have been stopped much sooner. Recommended read for true crime enthusiasts. Lorie S.
I am an avid True Crime reader and this one is pretty great. Charles Hatcher was a mass murderer who affected the lives of MANY over many years. A good read if you enjoy books that tell a good story and don't skip details.
Story flowed great. Was easy to read. Held interest. I lived in St Joe most of my life was in high school when Eric was killed and I remembered some of this but did not know the full story. So sorry for the families that had to live though this and are still dealing with it all
...and once again we are being told to sympathize with criminals, it is instructive to look back on this most evil man who was repeatedly caught & turned loose to rape & murder children the last time our justice system listened to academics. It is an infuriating but brilliantly direct story.