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I: The Creation of a Serial Killer by [Olsen, Jack]
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I: The Creation of a Serial Killer 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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"This book is like an avalanche: it starts strong and rapidly gains momentum as it cascades downward on its destructive journey of serial murder. Truly insightful."-Maury Terry, bestselling author of" The Ultimate Evil"

"It is probably impossible for any law-abiding citizen like the author and most of his readers to understand a homicidal psychopath-especially one not only driven to kill but also driven to get caught. Given the odds, Olsen explains [Keith Hunter] Jesperson to an amazing degree."
"-Seattle Times/Post Intelligencer"

"Olsen was the most prolific, innovative writer of serious true crime books in recent memory."
"-San Francisco Chronicle"

"For the genre, this is crackerjack stuff. Olsen obviously had thorough access to Jesperson...his family, and friends...True-crime entertainment at its best." "-Kirkus Reviews"

"Veteran true-crime author Olsen takes the profiling of a psychopath a step farther than usual...the gruesome details are nailed down with morbid precision...Olsen's writing is clear and concise."-"Publishers Weekly"

"Jack Olsen has hit the target again...a valuable, illuminating look into the phenomenon of the murdering mind."-Maury Terry, best-selling author of "The Ultimate Evil"

"The most disturbing and illuminating book ever written. Bar none. I' is not for the faint of heart, but for those willing to go to the darkest depths of human depravity to understand the incomprehensible."--Gregg Olsen, bestselling author of "Abandoned Prayers"


This book is like an avalanche: it starts strong and rapidly gains momentum as it cascades downward on its destructive journey of serial murder. Truly insightful. "Maury Terry, bestselling author of The Ultimate Evil"

It is probably impossible for any law-abiding citizen like the author and most of his readers to understand a homicidal psychopath-especially one not only driven to kill but also driven to get caught. Given the odds, Olsen explains [Keith Hunter] Jesperson to an amazing degree. "Seattle Times/Post Intelligencer"

Olsen was the most prolific, innovative writer of serious true crime books in recent memory. "San Francisco Chronicle"

For the genre, this is crackerjack stuff. Olsen obviously had thorough access to Jesperson...his family, and friends...True-crime entertainment at its best. "Kirkus Reviews"

Veteran true-crime author Olsen takes the profiling of a psychopath a step farther than usual...the gruesome details are nailed down with morbid precision...Olsen's writing is clear and concise. "Publishers Weekly"

Jack Olsen has hit the target again...a valuable, illuminating look into the phenomenon of the murdering mind. "Maury Terry, best-selling author of The Ultimate Evil"

The most disturbing and illuminating book ever written. Bar none. I' is not for the faint of heart, but for those willing to go to the darkest depths of human depravity to understand the incomprehensible. "Gregg Olsen, bestselling author of Abandoned Prayers""

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Prize-winning journalist Jack Olsen, armed with unprecedented access to one of the most infamous serial killers in American history, provides a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a murderer in the killer's own words . . .

In February 1990, Oregon State Police arrested John Sosnovke and Laverne Pavlinac for the vicious rape and murder of Taunja Bennet, a troubled 23-year-old barfly who had suffered mild retardation since birth. Pavlinac had come forth and confessed, implicating her boyfriend and producing physical evidence that linked them to the crime. Authorities closed the case.

There was just one problem. They had the wrong people.

And the real killer wasn't about to let anyone take credit for his kill. Keith Hunter Jesperson was a long haul truck driver and the murderer of eight women, including Taunja Bennet. As the case wound through police precincts and courts--ending in life sentences for both Sosnovke and Pavlinac--Jesperson began a twisted one man campaign to win their release. To the editors of newspapers and on the walls of highway rest stops, Jesperson scribbled out a series of taunting confessions:

I killed Tanya Bennett . . . I beat her to death, raped her and loved it. Yes I'm sick, but I enjoy myself too. People took the blame and I'm free . . ..Look over your shoulder. I may be closer than you think.

At the end of each confession, Jesperson drew a happy face, earning for himself the grisly sobriquet "The Happy Face Killer."

Based on access to interviews, diaries, court records, and the criminal himself, I: The Creation of a Serial Killer is Jesperson's chilling story. It chronicles his evolution from angry child to sociopathic murderer, from tormentor of animals to torturer of women. It is also the story of the fate that befell him after two innocent citizens were imprisoned four years for one of his killings.

Edgar Award winner Jack Olsen lets the killer to tell his story in his own words, offering unprecedented insight into the twisted thought process of a serial murderer. Olsen takes his readers along on Jesperson's vicious cross-country killing spree, letting him describe how he played his "death game" with eight innocent victims and how he finally came to grips with the fate he deserved.

I: The Creation of a Serial Killer is one of the most revealing and insightful pieces of crime reporting ever published.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 435 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312241984
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (18 August 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FA5TLA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #165,587 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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