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Book Review: The Killer Handyman: William Patrick Fyfe by C.L. Swinney
Title: The Killer Handyman: William Patrick Fyfe Series: Crimes Canada #7
Author: C.L. Swinney
Genre: True Crime
Publisher: Vronsky Parker Publications
Release Date: September 25, 2015
Source: Self purchase
A harmless-looking man moved to Montreal looking for a new start and to get off drugs. Somewhere along the line, his urge to prey on unsuspecting women, something he'd done and kept a secret for twenty years, became too much to keep inside. William Fyfe, aka "The Killer Handyman," snapped, leaving at least nine women brutally beaten, murdered and sexual abused (post-mortem). If not for the diligent work of a criminal forensic specialist and her discovery of a single fingerprint, Fyfe may have continued to kill at will, keeping Montreal residents, particularly single elderly women, frightened and sequestered in their own homes.
Thanks to forensic science and one smudged partial fingerprint, this brutal serial murderer was finally caught after a 20-year "career" in killing. This guy was so clever, he never left anything that investigators could use to solve the crimes. He kept to himself and flew under-the-radar for a long time. Unlike other serial killers, he didn't seek notoriety for his crimes. Even after he was caught, he wouldn't say much. He still won't. So information on him and his motives is limited. Despite this, the author does a good job on recounting the facts of the crimes, the frustration of the police departments and the fear the citizens of Quebec went through.
**Note: In the spirit of full disclosure, I designed the cover for this book.