American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century by Maureen Callahan

I usually read before bed, but reading this before going to sleep was a mistake. I did not sleep well. The book is about a predator, that kills random people, for no reason than pleasure. This person was pure evil. On the other hand, it was hard not to have just a little respect for his single-minded dedication to killing. The lengths he went to in preparing ‘kill kits’ in states all over the US, his circuitous travel routes, and his brazenness in attacking people in broad daylight.

The book starts with his last victim which led to his capture. Once he’s in custody, we get the interviews with him. We also get the behind-scenes-politicking going on between the FBI, other police departments, and the Attorney General. It is interesting to read the interviews and then find out what’s going on behind the scenes with the investigators trying to find more victims, search for evidence to corroborate his story, and to keep him talking.

Although this was a fascinating book, I was glad when it was finished. I don’t like to think about these sort of evil people too much; it makes me too paranoid and sad. I just hope there is a hell for people like this. I can also tell you that I was extra vigilant about watching my kids at the park after reading this book.

Rating: ★★★★

Book #93 in my My 2019 Reading Challenge

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