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A deranged serial killer who apparently melted into the crowd was picking up hookers and sadistically torturing them, leaving some girls wondering if there was a real-life Dr. Frankenstein out there attempting to create his own personal plaything from pieces of his dismembered victims.
Some working girls were butchered in seedy hotel rooms, their heads, hands or breasts sliced off, their remains then set ablaze in an effort to dispose of any incriminating evidence.
Others narrowly escaped death, but only after enduring hours of terrifying torture that included brutal bite marks, surface knife slashes and stab wounds that all served as bloody foreplay for frenzied sexual assaults.
Survivors were found bleeding and delirious, unable to remember much due to the cocktail of drugs they'd been given by their assailant. But their bodies told a horrific story that was almost worse than death, and the sadistic calling cards left by the serial killer would eventually tie together victims in this true crime murder spree that crossed two states.
It wasn't until one victim's screams grew loud enough that Richard Cottingham, an American serial killer who was part narcissist, part sadist and all evil, was finally caught by police as he fled his hotel room carrying his bag of torture devices. His capture allowed them to close the books on some of the most horrific murder cases in US history.
This serial killer biography not only unearths Cottingham's sick, twisted crime spree, it also delves into the murderer's psyche, attempting to reveal why an insurance company IT guy's seemingly normal life would devolve into madness.
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By Polly Poizendem on 11-18-16
What a Butcher! Yikes.
This book (which is part of a series) is done in more of a factual narrative style rather than the typical true crime "story" (its NOT Ann Rule style). You wont get all sorts of those juicy little descriptive scenic tidbits that make you feel as though you were really there, but you certainly WILL get all the morbid details of each murder/crime he committed! The brutal things that Richard Cottingham did to these women had me clutching onto my chest and wincing. I was unfamiliar with this case before, so it was quite an introduction! Just when I thought he couldnt possibly do much worse...he did! I only wish it had been a bit longer, as I found myself wanting to know even more about this sinister maniac.
This is a great way to "sample" some of the lesser known (to me) cases, and I will certainly check out the other crime titles done by this author, since he chooses to write about the more unique killers...I really enjoyed this book.
I am not one to nit-pick a narrator, but honestly, in MY opinion, I think the narrator committed the REAL crime here, since he turned an otherwise VERY interesting book into one that made me focus instead on how he *SAID* the word SAID...which was rather strongly, distracting, and done after a (strange) pause. He would be much better suited to reading the NPR News. His delivery wasnt very appealling to me personally.
I was truly delighted to recieve this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Simone K on 11-15-16
True Crime - Always Interesting
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Rosewood's telling of the story of Richard Cottingham was seamless and expedient without leaving out any essential elements. This story is as grizzly as any of the other true crime tell-alls, but Cottingham is one killer I hadn't heard of before listening to this book. I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of true crime.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful