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Bogeyman: He Was Every Parent's Nightmare by [Jackson, Steve]
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A WildBlue Press original true crime story from the New York Times bestselling author of MONSTER and NO STONE UNTURNED, describing in dramatic detail and with heart-rending poignancy the efforts of tenacious Texas lawmen to solve the cold case murders of three little girls and hold their killer accountable for his horrific crimes.


"Jackson gives a master class on true crime reporting in BOGEYMAN. He writes with both muscle and heart."
--Gregg Olsen, New York Times bestselling author of IF I CAN'T HAVE YOU


"Absorbing and haunting! BOGEYMAN spills creepily across the page with Steve Jackson's hellacious verve and insight, reminding us there are few better explorers of the American berserk."--Ron Franscell, bestselling author of THE DARKEST NIGHT


"Steve Jackson's latest, BOGEYMAN, reveals a living, breathing nightmare that haunted parents, as well as detectives. Be sure to add it to your reading list if you're a fan of true crime books."--Aaron Habel, host of Generation Why Podcast


From the book: "For years he'd stalked elementary schools and playground looking for young girls from low-income neighborhoods to abduct, rape and murder. He thought of them as "throwaway kids"--hardly missed, and soon forgotten, except by those who loved them. He was every parent's worst nightmare. The bogeyman they warned their children about ... the fiend who lurked outside bedroom windows."


Steve Jackson, who wet his feet as a crime writer for newspapers, has been known for some of the best true crime books on the market since his debut MONSTER. Check out more of Steve Jackson's works and those of other WildBlue Press authors. Great Reads From Exceptional Authors!


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 744 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0990557308
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WildBlue Press (4 August 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MG4L9YO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #132,236 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Maree Willmore TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 October 2014
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Such a worthy read, if you enjoy true crime this book will not disappoint you. Heartbreakingly real innocent babies taken from the arms of there loving families. And the lovely devoted police officers and detectives did a wonderful job, we don't often realise just how police and there families suffer through these horrific investigations, it's a credit to them that the bogeyman was punished at all,,,, patients and purer persistence these copes had real guts. Unfortunately the bogeyman never really got what he deserved, his time will come in the next life. These type of criminals get off way to easy only to go and offend again and again, Why, Why, Why, Why.
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It was well written. It made you feel what was happening, and how the families, and detectives felt! Parts made me angry, then horrified, and I cried a time or two. To even imagine what those poor little girls went through at the hands of this Monster!!! Thank you, to all the dedicated law enforcement who never gave up on finding the Bogeyman and putting him away. Steve thank you for a well written book, and telling this story.
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A very well written piece about a human monster; a bogeyman; the stuff of people's nightmares. The body count rises and rises as the killer relentlessly kills. But he does not count on the cops who relentlessly pursue him over the years, to finally get him locked up for good. A real page turner.
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Well written and pulled apart. Thank you for showing the world that there are still heroes that walk amongst us in the never ending pursuit of evil.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the read! 28 August 2014
By Tara - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the first book written by Steve Jackson that I’ve read and I was quite impressed. I think the reader must first understand what this book is about, before judgments should be made. The book does not exploit these innocent children by providing graphic details of the horror they were subjected to, nor does it spend any more time than necessary focusing on the worthless, hateful monster that committed those horrors. Instead, it offers a unique perspective of these cases by allowing the reader to understand the dedication and persistence it took these detectives, particularly Detective Gary Sweet, to solve these unimaginable crimes. As well as the personal toll it took on them and their families. In a time when we are consistently being made aware of the “bad apples” in policing, it was nice to be reminded that there are even more “good guys” working tirelessly and, sometimes, thanklessly to find justice, no matter the cost. I applaud Mr. Jackson for identifying the need for this book to be written and doing so in such an insightful manner. I have incredible respect for the detectives involved in these cases and hope that they are proud of their accomplishment, in spite of some of the negative reviews I’ve seen written here. Without these detectives, these beautiful children may not have received the justice they deserved to allow them to rest in peace. I’d also like to believe that the people tormented by these cases, both still living and not, such as the victims’ family members, witnesses, near victims, and Mr. Holleman have somehow managed to find a little peace, too.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impassioned, compelling and informative. Get ready for an all-nighter. Highly recommend it to any true crime fan. 17 February 2015
By Kat McCarthy - Published on Amazon.com
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This book tore me up. And I'm not that easy to tear up. Yet...tore up in a good way. Let me explain...The dedication demonstrated by the police departments to take down this serial rapist of little girls (a real life bogeyman) was incredibly moving to read about. I guess I never really though hard enough about the impact investigating these types of violent crimes would have on our officers and their families. Its profoundly brought to light in this book and I believe I'm forever changed in how I will view those men and women who tirelessly work to protect us regular folk.

The serial rapist, David Penton, is a monster. And so heinous were his deeds, I believe if not for the superb talent of this author to expertly pen this story the kindest way he could, I'm not sure I could have continued. This crime is appalling, as is the case whenever children are hurt, so it may not be for the faint of heart. Just wanted to give you a heads-up. That said, I'm rating it at 5 stars and I'd give more if I could. Its superbly written, so compelling it kept me up all night reading, and simply a very powerful lesson can be learned from it.

So impassioned was the writing, I may or may not have cried a few tears at this part when the detective who cracked the case finally has his moment with Penton... "Sweet stopped him by holding up his hand. "You misunderstand," he said, his tone matter-of-fact. "We didn't come here to talk to you about whether or not you did it; we know you did it. We just wanted to meet you before we bring you back to Texas and kill you." All the feelings I experienced at that one moment were overwhelming - pride, relief, appreciation, and much much more. I highly recommend this book to any true crime fan.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent account of the journey for justice for child victims 19 August 2016
By Bonnie Kernene - Published on Amazon.com
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Bogeyman is an excellent book. I could not put it down. It is the story of the journey to convict and put away child serial killer David Eliot Penham. Penham is indeed the bogeyman that parents were and are afraid of. Steve Jackson made the characters come alive. I could easily picture them, and sympathize with those who worked so hard to get justice for all of the victims of Penham, even those not identified yet.

I highly recommend this book. Steve Jackson is a great author.
49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better rendition of the police officers who must face situations ... 14 August 2014
By Neal Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the true story of a vile sexual predator who abducts, assaults, kills and throws away children usually 4 - 8 and girls. One of the better rendition of the police officers who must face situations that tears their hearts and guts apart, but who with tenacity work countless hours to bring closure to cases for the victims families. The setting is in the Dallas Metroplex circa 1985 through 1988. Additionally, the victims families and the heartaches that they suffer for the remainder of their lives is well chronicled. One can only imagine the anxiety and anguish that the families must endure. Recommend as a good emotional read.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bogeymen do exist 8 March 2015
By larrynf - Published on Amazon.com
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Bogeymen do exist among us, searching for their young victims, our children. Steve Jackson did a great job in his book, Bogeyman, telling us the story about one David Penton, would kidnap, rape and murder young girls. It took a big toll on officers and family, in looking for the person. As with a lot of cases many go cold as did the murders of some girls. One, Officer Sweet found a box that changed his life forever. He searched through the old case file of a murdered young girl, he decided he was going to find justice for her. I recommend this book for everyone, especially parents with young ones. It will remind you to keep your little ones close to you.