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The Shadow of Death: The Hunt for a Serial Killer Hardcover – January, 1993
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From Publishers Weekly
In the mid-1980s, six women were brutally stabbed to death by a serial murderer, still not caught, who roamed the Connecticut River valley bordering New Hampshire and Vermont. In this chronicle of the crimes and the FBI investigations, Ginsburg ( Poisoned Blood ) reports that several other murdered women may have been victimized by the same person. He also describes the experiences of a young woman who survived a violent assault, likely by the same killer. Focusing on the skills, tactics and personalities of the police and psychologists sifting through case evidence and leads, Ginsburg writes with keen appreciation of the region's backroads, rest stops, landscape and pace of life. He insightfully details the thorough investigation of several suspects who were eventually cleared of suspicion. Photos not seen by PW. True Crime Book Club selection.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
At least six women have been stabbed to death in the Connecticut River Valley area of New Hampshire and Vermont since 1984. The similarities among the killings has led to speculation that they are the work of a single killer. This book describes each murder in great detail, vividly profiling the victims, chronicling the various police efforts to solve the crimes, and considering a number of possible suspects. (One is arrested and convicted of two murders but turns out not to be the serial killer.) The unifying figure in this discursive account is psychologist John Philpin, whose deepening involvement in the case and empathetic attempts to create a psychological profile of the killer ultimately threatens his emotional security. While the chapters provide a series of involving narratives (the account of the one survivor is riveting), the fact that the case remains unsolved gives this book an unfocused and unfinished feel. In the end, The Shadow of Death is nothing more than a series of unanswered questions. For larger true crime collections. --Ben Harrison, East Orange P.L., N.J.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top customer reviews
These women were all young, several of their cars were found by the roadway, their bodies found miles away. The author, Philip Ginsburg, gives us their stories told ny relatives and investigators. We get to know the victims, and their families. The murders were brutal, the bodies found years after their disappearance. But it is the story of the victims, the investigators, the police, the families that give these young women some meaning. To this day the murderer has not been publicly identified, although there seem to be several people who have the eye of the police. Why the murderer has not been identified is another story..
Finally, in 1988, a woman managed to escape, and the killer was not found, but no murders that we know about occurred, again. The author as I have related tells the stories from different perspectives. One policeman in particular, Joseph Esty brought in a new format of investigation. He was introduced to a professor, John Philpin, who became the first profiler. Mr. Phillip had an interest in murder, and the people who committed them, and he put together a profile after looking at all of the facts. This is a fascinating look at horrible crimes, and a seemingly serial murderer who has never been brought to justice.
Recommended. prisrob 12-16-16