This true crime book follows the FBI's search for and capture of Darren Dee O'Neall, a serial killer whose ability to change his appearance kept him out of the reach of the authorities, and describes his violent sexual crimes.
For women with a yen for macho men, Darren Dee O'Neall seemed the kind of guy romantic dreams were made of. Strong, handsome, smooth talking, with an array of tattoos adding to his masculine aura, he came on as a rugged outdoorsman looking for a mate. But in reality, O'Neall was a nightmare of savage, sexually violent crimes that put him on the FBI's most wanted list. Here is the bone-chilling true crime story of the twisted killer whose masterful ability to change appearances confounded authorities again and again...and a mother's agonizing search for her missing daughter. It is the story, too, of the brilliant police work and startling psychic detection that teamed with a family's outrage to bring him to justice. But it was too late for the young woman whose dream of a hunk "to die for" became a chilling reality!
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Solid True Crime
As a lover of true crime and stories of the supernatural/fiction variety, I really enjoyed this book! That said, the "paranormal" elements to this book are so minimal (and honestly, seemed more like the reaction of a grieving family trying to make sense of a tragedy than anything other worldly) I wouldn't have even mentioned it in the subtitle.
This is a heart wrenching tale of a sadistic killer who eludes authorities based on his ability to change his appearance. Gary C. King spares us no details and the details are pretty gruesome. I found the "after hours party" scene that took place at a strangers house to be particularly chilling. In my youth, I attended parties where I barely knew anyone and where I could have easily fallen prey to a stalker such as Darren O'Neall. These parties happen. These killings happen. This idea plays out throughout this book and it is truly haunting. I would recommend this book to any true crime lovers!
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