John Crutchley seemed to be living the American Dream. Good-looking and blessed with a genius level IQ, he had a prestigious, white-collar job at a prominent government defense contractor, where he held top secret security clearance and handled projects for NASA and the Pentagon. To all outward appearances, he was a hard-working, successful family man with a lavish new house, a devoted wife, and a healthy young son.But, he concealed a hidden side of his personality, a dark secret tied to a hunger for blood and the overriding need to kill. As one of the most prolific serial killers in American history, Crutchley committed at least twelve murders, and possibly nearly three dozen. His IQ elipsed that of Ted Bundy, and his body count may have as well. While he stalked the streets hunting his unsuspecting victims, the residents of a quiet Florida town slept soundly, oblivious to the dark creature in their midst, unaware of the vampire next door.
J.T. Hunter is an attorney with over fourteen years of experience practicing law, including criminal law and appeals, and he has significant training in criminal investigation techniques. He is also a college professor in Florida where his teaching interests focus on the intersection of criminal psychology, law, and literature. This is his debut true crime novel.
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Poorly Written - Could have been a great story
I have read a LOT of true crime books, and I am not easily bothered or disturbed but this authors descriptions of the crimes committed by JT Hunter was just...wrong. They read a bit like pornography and the horror of the what the victim endured didn't come through. What could have saved this was a well written account of Hunter's motivation or thought processes but that didn't come through either. I have read some pretty harrowing true crime stories and the well written ones describe the criminal activity but don't present it in a titillating or exploitative way, this book did and it left me feeling creeped out and kind of gross. I would like to delete it from my library.
- Tara Kennon
nonfiction described as a novel
- Roberta "Vassar graduate, living in Mexico and retired."