Thursday, October 27, 2011

Talking To Serial Killers by Christopher Berry-Dee

Henry Lucas.  Arthur Shawcross.  Carol Bundy.  Ronald DeFeo Jr. Aileen Wuornos.  Harvey Carignan.  John Scripps.  Michael Ross. Kenneth McDuff, Douglas Clark.  For those who follow the true crime genre, this list of names sends a chill down their spines as they realise the list is one of infamous serial killers from the recent past.

Christopher Berry-Dee is a criminologist, and the editor of New Criminologist magazine.  This book is a compilation of his interviews, both in person and letters or audio, with various serial killers.  The reader is given a synopsis of each criminal's crimes and a view into their early background.  The details of the crimes are interspersed with the actual quotes from the killers about the various crimes.  There are excuses, protestations of innocence.  Berry-Dee records it all, but lets the reader know that these men and women were convicted and put on Death Rows around the country for valid reasons.

This book is recommended for true crime buffs.  They will read about some killers who are new to them, as well as having the psyche of more famous killers explored.


Marjorie said...

This book would be a very interesting read.

Rhiannon said...

I've seen this book on the shelves before and every time I pass it up. I just do not like Christopher Berry-Dee. I've seen him "interview" Ronald Defeo, Jr. before and that just turned me off from him. I grew up near Amityville and know the history of the murders, the house, the "haunting", etc. And most of his stuff was to further the release of Defeo. Berry-Dee is in way too deep with Osuna (another so-called Defeo expert) whose book was blown apart by the evidence as well as the Defeo family themselves. From what I've seen of Berry-Dee he is full of it. And, according to news accounts his "credentials" are suspect.

What did you like about book? Did you find his accounts to be accurate and verifiable?