January 16, 2015

Revew: Serial Killers True Crime Anthology Volume 2

Title: Serial Killers: True Crime Anthology
Author: Peter Vronsky & more
Series: Annual Serial Killers Anthology #2
Genre: True Crime 
Publisher: RJ Parker Publishing
Release Date: December 15, 2014
Source: Self Purchase
Reviewer: Kat

Book Summary

This is the second volume of the bestselling annual, Serial Killers True Crime Anthology, a collection of some of the best true crime writing on serial killers over the year.

Several of these authors who appeared in Volume 1 of the Anthology, return this year to Volume 2 with new stories.

2015 Serial Killers True Crime Anthology Volume 2:

  • Peter Vronsky in the chilling story "Zebra! The Hunting Humans 'Ninja' Truck Driver Serial Killer" describes the carnage perpetrated in 2007 by Adam Leroy Lane, a long haul truck driving serial killer who after repeatedly watching in his truck cab a serial killer DVD movie he was obsessed with, forayed out in the night from Interstate highway truck-stops dressed in Ninja black to re-enact the movie scenes by killing and mutilating unsuspecting women in their homes until he was captured by a fifteen-year old girl and her parents when he attempted to kill her as she slept in her bedroom.
  • RJ Parker in "Demons" introduces us to the little known story of Canada's serial killer Michael Wayne McGray who murdered men, women and children indiscriminately and whom even prison could not stop from continuing his killing. In the "Grim Sleeper" Parker describes the brutal crimes of Lonnie Franklin, Jr. who over a 23-year killing career, took a fourteen-year hiatus (thus his nickname) before resuming his murders of women in Los Angeles.
  • Katherine Ramsland in "The Babysitter" brings us up to date on the still unsolved horrific1976 mutilation child murders in Detroit that inspired Bill Connington's one-man Broadway play and Joyce Carol Oates 1995 novella Zombie. In "Really! The Other Guy Did It." Ramsland explores the bizarre case of serial killer Douglas Perry who after killing several women underwent a transsexual change into a woman, Donna Perry, who when apprehended, claimed the murders were perpetrated by his former male self who no longer existed. Ramsland asks, "Is guilt in the body or the soul?" 
  • Michael Newton in "Bad Medicine" and "Angel of Death" describes two serial killers where we least expect them: health care workers. Physician Dr. Harold Shipman who murdered 250 victims in Britain and might be history's most prolific serial killer, and the smiling mild mannered Ohio medical orderly 'Angel of Death' Donald Harvey, who confessed to murdering 87 helpless patients, stating, "So I played God."
  • Sylvia Perrini, Britain's true crime chronicler of female serial killers in "The House of Horrors" revisits the notorious case of Rosemary West who teamed up with her husband Fred in the rape, torture and murder of ten young women in their rooming house, including her own daughter. In "The Mum Who Killed for Kicks" Perrini looks at the recent case of Joanne Dennehy, a mother of a thirteen-year old who inexplicably went on a thrill kill serial killing spree in which she tortured and murdered three men with a knife and attempted to kill two others.
  • Kelly Banaski, a newcomer to true crime writing, brings us "Stripped of his medals and female panties", the strange case of a Canadian air force base commander, a colonel who piloted senior government officials and even the Queen of England, who suddenly began to commit a series of panty fetish burglaries that eventually escalated to horrific rape-torture murders of women. (Russell Williams)

Enjoy and be horrified!!

My Thoughts

This anthology...my friends...is True Crime GOLD! 

Everything about this book is exceptional. The cases chosen to be included by these crime experts will expose you to the most current of crimes (trials still pending) to the historical, along with some of the most horrific assaults against humans ever to happen. Some will get you thinking about the definition of serial killers and if there is a new subcategory evolving in our society - the spree serial killer.  While others will leave you shaking your head as was my reaction after reading about a particular killer having a sex reassignment and no longer feeling she is responsible for the crimes committed before the surgery. hmm... This anthology is full of cases just as compelling and mesmerizing. 

These accounts are relayed to us by the top wordsmiths of true crime. The writing seriously shines! Its not simply facts presented to us here. The authors provide a complete story of what was happening at the time geographically, socially and economically adding to the full picture of how and why the crimes occurred and how/why the killer was able to remain at large for so long.   

I cannot recommend this anthology highly enough. Seriously, run don't walk to Amazon and order it now.  You will not be disappointed. I'd give it 10 bloody hands if I could! 

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