Ambitious, attractive, and full of potential, five young college students prepared for the new semester. They dreamed of beginning careers and starting families. They had a lifetime of experiences in front of them. But death came without warning in the dark of the night. Brutally ending five promising lives, leaving behind three gruesome crime scenes, the Gainesville Ripper terrorized the University of Florida, casting an ominous shadow across a frightened college town.
What evil lurked inside him?
What demons drove him to kill?
What made him A Monster of All Time?
Book Details:Genre: True Crime
Published by: RJ Parker Publishing
Publication Date: September 4th 2018
Number of Pages: 304
ISBN: 1987902521 (ISBN13: 9781987902525)
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
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I received a copy of this book for free. This is my honest and thoughtful review.
Having recently finished reading Ann Rule’s THE STRANGER BESIDE ME about serial killer Ted Bundy, I was definitely interested in returning to Florida to learn more about Danny Rolling. As informed as I consider myself to be about serial killers and their crimes, I was surprised that I hadn’t come across Rolling’s name before; however, this book clearly establishes itself as the definitive source on the subject.
“It makes a Stephen King book look like a comic book.”
This is an incredibly well written and riveting account of horribly graphic crimes. The book opens like a piece of fiction, providing a small glimpse into the depraved mind of a cold-blooded killer. Alternating chapters delve into the investigation and Rolling’s background until he is clearly established as the perpetrator. While there is quite a bit of graphic information shared in detailing the brutality these victims suffered through, their individual stories are remarkably told, so that by the end of the book, you feel as though they were a part of your own family and can clearly understand how much this impacted the community and its legacy. The grisly details of these murders are unparalleled and have remained with me long after closing the book.
“As I stared into the execution chamber, I felt his isolation and outsiderness. I didn’t have anything in common with him. Nobody did. It was like he wasn’t human. He was a nobody – a nothing. But everybody knew this nobody’s name. I just wish he had not existed.”
Because Rolling received the death penalty, the story segues into the further emotional upheaval the families went through waiting for his appeals to conclude. Whether you agree with the death penalty or not, the author presents everything in a such an objective and non-judgmental way. There is clear empathy for the families, while also a closing sense that Rolling had accepted his fate.
The additional layer of a false suspect, Ed Humphrey, provided a compelling example of how quickly assumptions can be made that create a lifelong sentence for the wrongly accused.
Highly recommended as a must read for fans of true crime! His unbiased perspective and graceful treatment of the victims and their families certainly has me looking forward to reading more from the author’s backlist.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.
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