I, Monster

I, Monster

Serial Killers in Their Own Chilling Words

Book - 2011
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What goes through the dark minds of such notorious killers as Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, David Berkowitz ("Son of Sam"), John Wayne Gacy, Dennis Rader (the "BTK Killer"), and others? In this chilling book, you'll read exactly what they were thinking in their own words as they committed horrible crimes. Using court transcripts and police interviews, veteran true-crime and crime-fiction writer Tom Philbin has compiled the testimony of twenty infamous serial killers--nineteen men and one woman.

For fans of crime stories who look for realism, this book is like no other. The descriptions couldn't be more realistic since, in effect, the book is written by the serial killers themselves. Their words range from the bizarre and weirdly fascinating to the revolting and horrific.

In each case, Philbin provides a background profile to give readers a sense of the context from which these monsters emerged. Though they come from different backgrounds, nationalities, and generations, their words do reveal certain common elements. Not one evinces any sense of compassion or sensitivity in regard to their victims. They appear to be unable to control the impulses that lead them to kill. And in many cases, they derive a perverse sexual satisfaction from their deeds.

Taking true-crime reading to a new level of immediacy, this disturbing book offers a glimpse into the worst side of human nature.
Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. :, Prometheus Books,, 2011.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781616141639
Characteristics: 263 pages :,illustrations ;,23 cm.

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Donnaleelopez
Apr 04, 2015

This book should not be on the shelf . Two chapters contain graphic info relating to minors.Specifically,chapter 4 on Wesley Allen Dodd, which I believe was legible , although visually difficult to read, and chapter 15 on David Ray Parker. While it might be fit for someone in the actual study of serial killers( such as at the FBI academy) I prefer it not to be on the shelf in a library located in a park where my grandchildren and other children play. I have read books similiar to this for over 30 years and have never encountered details regarding minors, such as this . In my opinion it passes the bounds of free speech. Passages in those chapters would not be available for sell anywhere without breaking the law and should not be in the library. I discussed this with a librarian at Himmel Park who apparently chose to ignore me.I would also agree that some of the citations are rather sketchy. This is not a comment bout being "faint of heart." The trash in those chapters while possibly true words of serial killers is tantamount to child pornography, plain and simple.

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jkovacs
Mar 27, 2011

For a book on serial killers this was mostly alright. It definitely had some very disturbing parts, especially the chapter on David Parker Ray. But it also had some disappointing parts. The hand written diary of Westley Allan Dodd was very difficult to read, parts being illegible. Not sure why the author didn't type the diary, as there were other notes that were typed out. Disappointing to have the some of the sources sited as internet sites especially Wikipedia. If Wikipedia is not a valid source for students to use, it shouldn't be for authors.

For fans of true crime there will be little new information. Some of the sources the author used were other books on serial killers (for example - The Riverman by Robert Keppel) which fans probably would have previously read, I know I had.

Interesting in parts, but a bit disappointing.

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Apr 04, 2015

Donnaleelopez thinks this title is suitable for 25 years and over

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