Robert Keller

The Deadly Dozen: America's 12 Worst Serial Killers

The Deadly Dozen: America's 12 Worst Serial Killers by Robert Keller
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For readers of:Ann Rule, Harold Schechter, Jay Robert Nash, Michael Newton, Peter Vronsky
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The Shocking True Crime Stories of the 12 Worst Serial Killers in American History

David Berkowitz: Known as the “Son of Sam,” Berkowitz was a deeply disturbed young man who prowled the streets of New York dispensing death with his .44 caliber revolver.

William Bonin: One of a trio of deadly psychopaths who trawled the freeways of Southern California during the late 70’s and early 80’s. Bonin was a depraved child killer who abducted, raped and tortured more than 20 teenaged boys.

The Boston Strangler: Albert De Salvo took the fall but most experts agree that he was not the Strangler. So who was the real killer? And how did he get away with the series of brutal murders that so terrified the citizens of Boston?

Ted Bundy: Charming, intelligent and lethal, Bundy is America’s most notorious serial killer, a deadly fiend who cut a swathe of destruction across the country, raping, killing and committing necrophilia on his young victims.

Dean Corll: Along with two willing teenaged accomplices, Corll orchestrated what was at the time the biggest murder spree in American history, raping torturing and killing at least 25 young boys.

Jeffrey Dahmer: Hideously depraved killer who preyed on young homosexual men in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, cannibalizing them and conducting bizarre experiments on their bodies.

Albert Fish: He looked like a frail old man, but Albert Fish was actually a psychotic child killer and torturer, with a taste for human flesh.

John Wayne Gacy: Cold-hearted killer who raped, tortured and strangled at least 33 young men, burying their bodies in the crawlspace of his Chicago house.

Randy Kraft: The least well known of California’s three “Freeway Killers.” And yet Kraft was both the most prolific and the most depraved, responsible for the torture killings of as many as 67 young men.

Dennis Rader: Known as the “BTK Killer” (after his M.O.: Bind, Torture, Kill) Radar held the citizens of Wichita, Kansas in a state of fear for over 30 years, during which time he claimed 10 known victims.

Richard Ramirez: A satanic burglar who went by the terrifying sobriquet, “The Night Stalker,” Ramirez raped, battered, shot and stabbed his victims during a bloody reign of terror in 1980’s Los Angeles.

Gary Ridgeway: As the horrific “Green River Killer,” Ridgeway engaged the Washington police in a deadly game of cat and mouse, claiming more that 60 victims over two decades.

About the Author

As a twelve year old, I borrowed a book from the library thinking it was a vampire novel. It turned out to be the true story of British "vampire" serial killer, John George Haigh. Amazing the things they'll let a 12-year-old check out!

The book made a deep impression, both terrifying and fascinating me. Did such people really exist, I wondered. I soon found out that they did, and in greater numbers than felt comfortable for me to contemplate. Nonetheless, I was fascinated, and even though the librarian wouldn't let me take out any other books on the subject, I became a true crime junkie, burning my way through True Detective magazines by the dozen. Later, I graduated to biographies of killers and the men who hunt them, and to studies of the psychology of murder, forensics and investigative techniques.

Forty years on and I feel as though I've investigated more murder cases than the average homicide detective, studied more serial killers than your average profiler, and spent more time than a conference full of psychologists trying to understand what every true crime buff really wants to know: Why do they do it?

I can’t say that I’ve ever come up with an answer, or even gotten close (if you want to read my musings on the subject you can check them out here) but that’s probably a good thing. As Pedro Lopez, the infamous Monster of the Andes once said, “only those who have taken human life truly understand.”

True crime stories (especially those about serial killers) continue to fascinate and enthrall me and I feel truly privileged to be able to research and write them for a living. My books feature the cases that interest me most. I hope that you will find them equally fascinating.

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