| November 03, 2005

This book had some excerpts from interviews with Ted Bundy and Gary Ridgeway. Sheriff Reichert picked up on Bundy’s attempt to manipulate him from the start, just to cheat the hangman a little longer. Bottom line, good always wins out over evil, sooner or later.

What did you like or dislike? I enjoyed the book, not because of the killing – I saw enough in the military to last a lifetime. I did enjoy the police work, the science that changed before my very eyes from when the case began until its closing. The forensic pathology was tremendous; we have come a long way in identifying evidence in criminal cases. I liked the fact that if you commit a crime, you will get caught, sooner or later. Crime does not pay; it only looks that way sometimes.

I found nothing to dislike about this book. It was well-written and enough details were given, yet not enough to glorify the heinous acts of an evil person. It was very objective and like Joe Friday on Dragnet used to say, “Just the facts.”

Would you recommend?: I’d recommend this book to some and not to others. I wouldn’t have my wife read it because she has a temperament not suited to horrible acts. If you want to see modern police work, see how hard our police officers work on our behalf to protect us, I recommend this book. If you like to hear about evil for evil’s sake, I guess this would be a good book. If you think there are no really bad or truly evil people in the world, I’d recommend this book. I would also add that I think it would be a good read and helpful to law enforcement officers to read this, for a number of reasons.

Narrator’s style: I felt like the sheriff himself was telling the story, not someone else. In other words, the narrator (Dennis Boutsikaris) disappeared, leaving only the story. This is the highest praise I can bestow. There was nothing to dislike.

How would you grade the book? A+

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