January 2, 2015

Review: Social Media Monsters: Internet Killers by RJ Parker & JJ Slate

Title: Social Media Monsters: Internet Killers
Author: RJ Parker
Series: True Crime Library RJPP, #16
Genre: True Crime 
Publisher: RJ Parker Publishing
Release Date: September 18, 2014
Source: Provided by Author
Reviewer: Kat

Book Summary

Who is really on the other end of that Facebook friend request, or behind that dating profile, or posting that item for sale on Craigslist? How can you be safe if you plan to meet up with a stranger you met online? What precautions should you take?

Stalkers, rapists, and murderers.... These criminals have all discovered uncharted territory through the open door of the internet, and the victims are piling up in their deadly playground. Murder. Kidnapping. Cannibalism. Suicide. All of these themes can be found in this collection of true stories about killers who have used the internet to locate, lure, stalk, or exploit their victims.

These monsters are identified as people who are motivated by a psychological factor: some murderers are triggered by anger or jealousy, others kill as a way to seek attention, and some are merely in it for the thrill of the kill.

In this book, we have detailed more than thirty chilling true stories of killers that have used the internet to locate, stalk, lure, or exploit their victims. Facebook, Craigslist, MySpace, chat rooms, dating sites-it does not matter where you are online; killers are lurking in the shadows. They lurk in suicide chat rooms, search for escorts on Craigslist, and create fake social media profiles to fool and gain the trust of their victims. Someone you have been talking to for months or even years could be a completely different person from what you envisioned.

To date, RJ has donated over 1,900 books to allied troops serving overseas and to our wounded warriors recovering in Naval and Army hospitals all over the world. He also donates a large percentage of royalties to Victims of Violent Crimes.

My Thoughts

Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined the extent that killers can use our social media profiles and habits against us. The fact that they set up fake accounts to stalk and lure is disturbing beyond my comprehension. This book provides us with true life examples of how this has happened much too often in the past, and is still happening with an alarming frequency. Besides these horrific accounts of murder and kidnapping, the author provides some very helpful tips on Internet Security and how best to protect ourselves and our families. Highly recommended book that really everyone should read. Be safe! 

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