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Posted March 5, 2006
The Story As It Was Meant To Be Told
It's been a couple of years since I've read a newer book in the Criminology/Law catagory. But, since learning more about Gary Ridgway, the infamous Green River Killer, I had to pick this 1 up. Being a former student of Forensics/Criminology, I always followed the case to an extent, @ 1 time under the assumption that he would never be apprehended. Thank God I was wrong. Sheriff David Reichert ( formerly King County Detective Reichert ) spent the better part of 20 years on this case-w/out abandon. The read is tight, taut, & thrilling. The pace is fast & driving as the story unfolds into 1 of the most disturbing & emotional serial-murder cases ever, reminding me why I left the field. I have read ( & reviewed on this site ) another book about the Green River Killer, but this is the definitive account out of the 2 books, both which are excellent. This read, however, is unique in the fact that it's written by the man who worked the case 1st hand & up-front. The details are vivid, the story @ times gut-wrenching. This book will, however, give a satisfying feeling @ the end, showing how even if a killer remains under the radar for years, they still can & will be brought to justice. It gives hope to any surviving victims out there who may feel like their own case is @ a dead end. I would reccomend this read to anyone who is a professional, or just a casual true-crime reader.
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Posted April 15, 2012
A great account of the search for thr Green River Killer.
The author worked this case from the day the first body was discovered until sentencing 20 years later. He has insight to some information that he.shares that made me go WOW, if you like true crime put this on your must read list.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 30, 2005
Having read hundreds of true crime works over the years, I can say unequivocally that CHASING THE DEVIL is in the 99th percentile for this genre. Capote's IN COLD BLOOD, the quintessential meditation on true crime which has set the standard for all titles which have followed, is the only book which comes close to surpassing CHASING THE DEVIL as an unadulterated look into a historic investigation. Sheriff Reichert does a number of things right in this book. He stays away from too many frivolous personal detail, while at the same time keeping the reader abreast of the impact the GRK had on his family life. In addition, Sheriff Reichert also steers clear of sensational and needlessly greusome details about the killings. These would have only added a camp value to the read, but what we get, is both a personal expose from the man at the epicenter of the worst serial murder investigation in U.S. history, and also a methodical police procedural. Sheriff Reichert demonstrates why he and the GR Task Force ultimately prevailed in their search for Gary L. Ridgway: they were dedicated to doing the job right. They followed the rules and did everything in their power to mitigate bureacratic mindlessness. My hat is off to all of the people who made positive contributions to the Task Force and hunted for GRK over the years, but in particular, Sheriff Reichert is deserving of accolades. He stayed the course and saw that justice was done. If there are criticisms of the book, I would have to say that it's disappointing that full victim lists are not included anywhere in the text. The last forty or so pages are also somewhat disappoiting, because Reichert veers away from the professional objectivity he demonstrated throughout the preceeding 300-plus pages, and begins calling Ridgway names and editorializing about the fate which awaits Ridgway in hell. Notwithstanding these problems though, CHASING THE DEVIL is a must-read for all fans of true crime and students of law, criminology, or police science.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.