Author: Michael Morford and Michael Ferguson
Print Length: 427 pages
Publisher: WildBlue Press (August 29, 2018)
Publication Date: August 29, 2018
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, True Crime
Source: I received a copy of this novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
In 1976, a serial rapist terrorized Sacramento County in California. The masked predator made his way into the homes of his unsuspecting victims, leaving a trail of devastation and destruction behind him. He moved on to other areas in Northern California, and then onward to Southern California where he sank to an all new level of depravity, and his evil urges drove him to murder; again, and again.
In Northern California, he was known as the East Area Rapist. In Southern California, he was called the Original Night Stalker. When his crimes all over California were finally connected, he would become known as the Golden State Killer, and by 1986, he had racked up a staggering tally of over 100 home break-ins or burglaries, 50 or more rapes, and at least 12 murders.
On the heels of their wildly popular 2017 Season One podcast series on the Zodiac killer, veteran podcaster Mike Morford, and true crime research/blogger Mike Ferguson, the hosts of true crime podcast Criminology teamed again in Spring 2018 to unmask this killer in a story that spans more than 40 years. Joined by the investigators who hunted him, the witnesses who saw him, and the survivors who lived to tell their stories, Criminology Season Two: The Case of the Golden State Killerexamines the story of the most prolific serial rapist and murderer in American history.
Now, Criminology True Crime Podcast presents Season One: The Case of the Zodiac Killer based on the podcast with additional commentary, photographs and documents is available in digital and print book formats.
My Thoughts (*Details may be considered spoilers*)
The East Area Rapist.
Original Night Stalker.
The Golden State Killer.
However, you know this man, it is sheer terror that he brought upon a 400 mile stretch of California over a 10-year period. Over this timeframe, he escalated from breaking and entering to murder. This killer evaded capture for 40 years!
This book captures the killer’s routines, scripts, and planning that went into these chilling accounts. It also includes victims survival stories. It is heartbreaking, terrifying, tragic and horrific.
The book itself was well written, fast-moving. However a bit repetitive at times, but only because of the killers routine and covering different cases, the MO remained fairly consistent. I could picture the events in my head, and knowing that this really happened to someone, was horrifying.
As I read this book, I couldn’t even fathom the fear that these people experienced. The way that the book explains that this perpetrator accessed these houses that were locked, some guarded by dogs, others that had guns in their nightstands. Yet, he was able to get in without issue and commit his crime. That was terrifying to me and made me wonder how many monsters like this are out there? How many monsters are out there preying on innocent people, that no matter the preparation, the criminal will get access and will commit their crime? It is a scary thought.
At the beginning of the book, the killer had yet to be caught. However, because of the advancement of technology and the use of DNA to identify perpetrators, he was arrested in April of 2018. His next court date is December 2018.
Riveting. Captivating. Heartbreaking.
Dark. Creepy. Intense. TerrifyinG
About the Author
I would like to thank Michael Morford, Michael Ferguson, WildBlue Press and NetGalley for giving me the chance to read this book.