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I could not put it down
on February 24, 2013
I bought this "true crime short" because I had read Detective Gado's MOM: The Killer (a case that makes Casey Anthony look like a Girl Scout) and Nightcrawler. I found both of those "true crime shorts" to be credible and sensitive presentations of absolutely shocking cases that if they occurred today would dominate the TV news. No, he doesn't write like Hemingway, but the cases that he writes about are not suitable for atmospherics that you find in novels. He's a veteran detective and is trained to present facts and he does that very well. And, as a man with decades of experience on the police force, I would assume that he can get more candid views from investigators and prosecutors on any case than some hack reporter.
Now, to this particular book, Kiss the Girls Goodnight, it is truly shocking and profoundly disturbing that an intelligent, well-to-do married man with apparently normal adult children could plan and execute the building of a dungeon in his own home with the express purpose of luring girls to get into his car so that he could make them his sex slaves. This is not acting on some fleeting sexual fantasy, but a determined plan that stretched over many years.
There will always be individuals that think they can tell if a stranger is trustworthy. Remember in the 1970s, when girls thought it was okay to hitchhike until serial killers and serial rapists exploited their naiveté? Well, this sex slaver found the next generation of gullible females. I would make this story required reading for any teenager, male or female, because it's not only girls that are the victim pool for clever perverts. The lesson here is that you do not make yourself vulnerable to anyone that you do not know personally, and even then with caution. The most successful criminals are the ones who have conned people into thinking that they are harmless, helpful people. Look at today's politicians and bankers.
I found this book to be well written and compelling. Once I started it, I couldn't put it down.