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Corey Mitchell is a bestselling author of several true crime books including "Hollywood Death Scenes", "Dead and Buried", and "Pure Murder". He was also the founder of the #1 true crime blog, In Cold Blog, and a contributing editor for "MetalSucks", the #1 website for heavy metal news.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pinnacle; 1 edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078602013X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786020133
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,189,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marshall Slot, the lead detective named in the book, is my son. Myself, being a former Police officer and detective, take umbrage in the fact that the author of this book never consulted or even had a conversation with any Police officials connected with this particular case. As a result, the book is rife with conjecture as to what was really verbalized by any of the named parties involved.
Many purported quotes were merely literary license as well as often misquoted media accounts. Granted, the book makes for entertaining reading for those who enjoy this genre, however, the author's credibility for a true and factual account leave much to be desired.
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In Texas, we think little of driving three hours for good barbecue or a hot date. Evidently Corey Mitchell didn't bother to drive that distance from his Central Texas home to actually view the scene of the Whitaker murders.

In SAVAGE SON, he describes Sugar Lakes, the subdivision in which the Whitaker family lived, as a gated community. He relates how Steven Champagne, the driver of the getaway car, managed to bypass the keypad controlling the gate by slipping in behind another car. In fact, he twice makes reference to the gate and keypad. Sugar Lakes has never been a gated community in the thirty years of its existance, so I am left to conclude that Mitchell never visited himself.

Another research error, but less glaring, is the author's contention that Kent and Bart Whitaker were taken to Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital to recover from their wounds, and he sets a number of chapters in their hospital room. Memorial Hermann Sugar Land did not exist in 2003; it opened in late 2006.

I found the writing to be stilted and sometimes trite. This line was my favorite: "It was only a matter of time before it would be too late." I would have laughed aloud, but Mitchell was referring to the imminent death of Tricia Whitaker.

As murders in Sugar Land are thankfully rare, I followed this case closely. I looked forward to the publication of SAVAGE SON and was quite disappointed.
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I have never written a review, but this book has really gotten to me. I love true crime stories
and what struck me about this one is the fact the father (Kent Whitaker) is so forgiving of
his sociopathic son who tried to kill his family three times before finally succeeding in
killing his mother and brother. The son was a compulsive liar all his life and the parents
just couldn't believe their "angel" did some of the things he did. Yet, he still believes in him and thinks he's become a good God-loving individual.

While the story is tragic and in some ways, I admire Kent Whitaker for his forgiveness, I mostly
find it bazaar. How can he want a relationship with his manipulative son that has lied and
manipulated people his entire life?! How can he trust his son? Forgiveness, I understand, as
it heals the soul. But why would the father type the son's blogs about horrid prison conditions and against the death penalty? (Prison is punishment -- it isn't supposed to be "Holiday Inn".)
Kent Whitaker portrays himself as a do-gooder and thinks he's so wonderful because he forgave his son. Well, I take issue with that. He goes too far in forgiving his sociopathic son and that isn't a religion I want. The father is in to himself. The son is too. Need i say
more? They both come across narcisstic, in my opinion!
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I want to say that Corey Mitchell is one of my favorite true crime writers. While the books he writes are about horrible crimes that way he writes them is amazing. They do not read like nonfiction, they read like a really good novel. He gives his readers amazing background on all of those involved and tries to figure out what or where things went wrong.

In SAVAGE SON he succeeds again. I read this book as usual shaking my head and thinking WTF? This Bart Whitaker had it all, successful parents, privledged childhood, basically wanting for nothing and yet he still wants his parents dead so he can have the insurance money! Can you say GREEDY PIG? Usually I can reach really deep and find a shred of sympathy for these murderers but this guy, NO WAY. The only thing I can give him is he has to have a screw loose from birth.

Again I think why didn't anyone say anything when he was going around telling anyone that would listen that he wanted to kill his parents? Yes, one young girl did, she took the proper steps, called the police but like usual nothing came of it. He found some idiots to help him carry this plan out and never felt any remorse. After all, he didn't pull the trigger!!! The fact that his father forgave him for killing his wife and son is an amazing thing and he is a better person than I am. I would let him fry!

I always feel like a weirdo saying that a true crime book was great but Corey Mitchell's are. It's not the crime that makes it so good it's what the author does with the crime when he writes the story. Mr. MItchell has a gift for taking you to the scene and showing you everything. If you have not read his books, read them.
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