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Iron Curtain Killers Paperback – November 20, 2017
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Before the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Iron Curtain no one knew what truly had been happening there. We’ve all been lead to believe through their unending propaganda that all had been well there, that it had been like the country in James Hilton’s “Lost Horizon”, an apparent Shangri-La. A literal paradise devoid of all ills which plagued us here; there was no dishonest and fraudulent activities such as: crime and its bosses, prostitution, and serial murders. Such things were apparently unheard of there, as they were totally forbidden there.
But, as with everything else regarding the Soviet Union, the truth had always been totally contrary to that image. Just as we’ve had serial killers for the longest period of time imaginable, the Soviet Union had been plagued by them going back to when the Tsars had ruled the country, before the Soviet Union had even been an idea.
While the author, Michael Newton, has done a fantastic job in researching and writing about the 26 serial killers described in this book from the 1960’s until this century, to show how prevalent these killers than been in the book’s introduction he mentions Vasili Komaroff and his wife who had killed 33 individuals from 1921 through 1923, and the sadistic manner in which they did it.
Being a TOP CONTRIBUTOR of this genre, I keep on getting mesmerized by the unabated manner in which serial killers are apparently allowed to exist, and the lengths they go to lure their victims in, murder them, and to finally dispose of their bodies, so they won’t get caught.
There are two things going on involving these serial killers and the Russian law enforcement entities. First, they can no longer deny the existence of these serial killers. Secondly, these entities have difficulties to solving a great deal of the serial murders which they come across.
For allowing his readers to realize that the Russians are no better off than we are when it comes to this social malady, I’ve Mr. Newton 5 STARS for his endeavor here.
I find it interesting to learn about crimes in other parts of the world, and all of these murders are undeniably vicious. The weapons are varied as well, such as hammer, baseball bat, screwdriver, knife, gun, rope, and more. Some preyed particularly on babies, children, elderly women, young boys or young girls, the homeless, alcoholics, and so forth. No one was safe.
Don't be intimidated by all of the Russian names. You don't have to be able to pronounce them aloud, so just take it in stride. The book is definitely worth the effort.