January 3, 2015

Review: The Vampire Next Door by J.T. Hunter

Title: The Vampire Next Door: The True Story of the Vampire Rapist
Author: J.T. Hunter
Series: True Crime Library RJPP, #17
Genre: True Crime 
Publisher: RJ Parker Publishing
Release Date: October 11, 2014
Source: Self Purchase
Reviewer: Kat

Book Summary

John Crutchley seemed to be living the American Dream. Good-looking and blessed with a genius level IQ, he had a prestigious, white-collar job at a prominent government defense contractor, where he held top secret security clearance and handled projects for NASA and the Pentagon. To all outward appearances, he was a hard-working, successful family man with a lavish new house, a devoted wife, and a healthy young son. 

But, he concealed a hidden side of his personality, a dark secret tied to a hunger for blood and the overriding need to kill. As one of the most prolific serial killers in American history, Crutchley committed at least twelve murders, and possibly nearly three dozen. His IQ elipsed that of Ted Bundy, and his body count may have as well. While he stalked the streets hunting his unsuspecting victims, the residents of a quiet Florida town slept soundly, oblivious to the dark creature in their midst, unaware of the vampire next door.

J.T. Hunter is an attorney with over fourteen years of experience practicing law, including criminal law and appeals, and he has significant training in criminal investigation techniques. He is also a college professor in Florida where his teaching interests focus on the intersection of criminal psychology, law, and literature. This is his debut true crime novel.

My Thoughts

A very compassionate approach to a true crime story. What affected me most about this book was how much time was spent detailing the lives of the victims and their families, the compassion with which they were portrayed, as well as the relentless efforts of law enforcement to catch this killer. A truly inspirational approach. Superbly researched and well-written, I highly recommend it to any True Crime fan. So glad to have read this and cannot wait for this author's next book!

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