Son

  • by Jack Olsen
  • Narrated by Kevin Pierce
  • 21 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Recounts the tragic events that followed the arrest of Fred Coe, a conservative, clean-cut young man, for a series of rapes committed in the city of Spokane and led to revenge and murder.

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Psychopathy Born or Made?

Son is a work of true crime genius. This is the story of Fred (Kevin) Coe, the infamous south hill rapist in Spokane Washington, who viciously attacked dozens of women over the course of several years back in the mid-late 1970's. The book reveals Coe's psychopathy through meticulously recounted anecdotes of Coe's public behavior in context with the reactions of those who knew him, and his persona while committing crimes, as witnessed by his victims. It is gives a maddening look at law enforcement, and its resistance toward investigating rape, it's discounting of the affects on victims and their families. Also it presents a harrowing account of the emotional and physical affect of rape upon victims, and the lingering trauma and the difficulty of recovering from it.

The book presents a case history of a true psychopath, one of those rare individuals who has no personality--but who adapts his mask to various situations in life, a parasite. Coe uses everyone around him for money, for access to cars and clothes, who shoplifts porterhouse steaks, who has a slick line of BS when he's caught in one lie or another. I've never read a clearer account of a psychopathic mindset, one that is presented through the accumulation of evidence, rather than theorizing, and so you're able to see it, hold it in your hands--it becomes real. Brilliant.

The last section of the book, after Coe's arrest, is one of the most interesting parts, because it switches attention to the psychopathy of Coe's mother, Ruth, which is revealed in her reactions and behaviors during Son's (her name for him) trial. And so the question you're left with is did Ruth cause Fred's sickness or was it the other way around? Or were they BOTH born that way? Fascinating stuff.

Kevin Pierce is one of my favorite readers. His voice is perfect for true crime. He's a born storyteller. His special talent IMO is that he always is able to convey the pain and distress of the victims and their families. He's really great.

Strongly recommend this book for anyone wishing to learn more about psychopathy, or the history of Spokane Washington, or who's interested in true crime and law enforcement.
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- Michael

A Powerful Psychological Analysis..

of the schizoid-type psychopath who terrorized an untold number of victims in the South Hill region of Spokane Washington back in the 1970's. The two negative reviews here on this book complain that it is "dry" or "lacking in detail." To begin, I don't know what book these reviewers read, because SON is actually quite riveting and rich in detail, but if one is looking for a story dripping in gore and body fluids, well, okay, one might look elsewhere; if one is looking for a true crime story that is penetrating, psychological, intelligent, and always seeking the truth of the situation, this is the one to get.
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- Douglas "College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-02-2015
  • Publisher: Jack Olsen Literary Works, LLC