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Without Remorse: The Story of The Woman Who Kept The Los Angeles' Serial Killers Alive Paperback – November 20, 2007

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In unflinching language, Vonda Pelto escorts us into the claustrophobic bedlam of a giant jailhouse and lays bare the behavior of notorious serial killers. Pulling no punches, she allows us a voyeuristic look into their convoluted minds, and shares shocking personal experiences that will leave you reeling. --Don Lasseter Author, Journalist

Dr. Vonda Pelto s brutally honest book, Without Remorse, takes the reader on a forbidden tour behind the gates of the men s jail, a haunted house where Serial Killers live. But most powerful is the juxtaposition of Pelto s personal and professional life, with its conflicts between men and women, sex and violence, and intimidation and vulnerability. --Carole Lieberman M.D., M.P.H., Forensic Psychiatrist / Expert

Dr. Vonda Pelto s brutally honest book, Without Remorse, takes the reader on a forbidden tour behind the gates of the men s jail, a haunted house where Serial Killers live. But most powerful is the juxtaposition of Pelto s personal and professional life, with its conflicts between men and women, sex and violence, and intimidation and vulnerability. --Carole Lieberman M.D., M.P.H., Forensic Psychiatrist / Expert

About the Author

Vonda L. Pelto, Ph. D. is married to an attorney. She is the mother of two daughters and grandparent of six. Vonda lives and works in Los Angeles County.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Locks Press; 1st edition (November 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979585287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979585289
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,576,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By P. Stewart on May 19, 2008
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This is not your typical true crime story--this is the story of a normal, small town girl thrown into the wolves' den that was the Los Angeles Mens' County Jail back in the 80s! Names that can still evoke nightmares--Ken Bianchi, Doug Clark, William Bonin--were the budding psychologist's daily visitors. Vonda's job was to keep them alive, and theirs were the faces that greeted her each day--for coffee and cookies--and the chilling retellings of their crimes. Dr. Pelto seemlessly weaves the stories of these monsters with tales from her own life as she struggles to balance some semblance of normallcy with the terrors of her day job. Fasten your seat belts--this is a wild read!
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I thought this book, although keeping my interest, was a disappointment. I thought it was childishly written and held more information about "coffee" (the word appears on almost every page!) and the shiny floors of the prison. I guess I was looking for a more vivid explanation of why these prisoners did what they did. I found no information into the minds of the serial killers, why they did what they did, how they felt at the time and if they were mentally unbalanced as kids. I wasn't interested in her life as a struggling woman raising 2 kids, her affairs after her marriage, etc. I wanted more information into the minds of these killers, which she could not provide to my satisfaction. No one cares what she wore or how these men flirted with her at her job. I was expecting more of a psychological profile of the men, not her.
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Dr. Pelto's book is a brilliant examination of the twisted minds of the worst among us with no conscience. Her descriptions of the depraved sociopaths, the worst serial killers and rapists housed in the LA County Jail are graphic, disturbing, and brutally candid. She is also brutally honest about describing her own personal history and struggles and she is extremely candid about her feelings and reactions while working in this environment. Her indictment of the sexism displayed in the male dominated LA County Sheriff's Department is courageous and much needed. I greatly admire her personal honesty and courage as displayed in this book. Her writing is spellbinding and reminded greatly of the works of Joseph Wambaugh with its stark and brutal realism.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone wish an understanding of why society needs to be protected from those around us with no conscience or empathy for others. She has also provided vital information to the warning signs of developing sociopathy personalities. This information is invaluable for anyone working with children and adolescents.
Dr. Pelto's book will be a classic in the field of forensic psychology and a mega bestseller. It is must reading.
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This book gives you an inside look into the world of high profile inmates. As a reader it gave me many emotions, including fear, anticipation, and liking of some of the inmates. The main character is very likable and shares her own struggles and how she ends up with this position with in a prison.

One of my favorite books.
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Just an amazing book. Im not a big reader but I just could not put this book down. Its so discriptive and detailed that I feel as if im walking the hall of the jail myself. What amazing story about a women and he strugle to balance her work life as well as her family. Its crazy to think about a person whos job is to literaly keep killers from killing themselfs. I would recomend this book to anyone.
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Serial killers can make strange and interesting companions. "Without Remorse: The Story of the Woman Who Kept Los Angeles' Serial Killers Alive" is the story of Vonda Pelto, a woman assigned to be a psychologist for some of Los Angeles' most notorious killers, with the specific duty of staving off their suicidal tendencies that they often develop while incarcerated. She describes these men and how she managed to form personal relationships with them despite their horrible deeds. "Without Remorse" is an intriguing look into the mind of the serial killer, highly recommended.
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Brilliant... It really grabbed me. I loved it. It just kept me reading, which is astounding, because I haven't been through a novel or anything other than a magazine for about 10 years. I highly recommend this book, just be prepared for some outstandingly graphic stories. It will create very visible pictures in your mind.
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