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Posted November 30, 2004
'He's just killing prostitutes.'
Throughout the 1990s, Robert Lee Yates, Jr. killed at least 18 women, most of them drug-addicted prostitutes from Spokane, Washington. Yates, married and the father of five children, was an 18-year army helicopter pilot. At the time of his arrest in 2000, he was 47 years old and employed as a temporary worker at Kaiser Aluminum in Spokane. The author, Mark Fuhrman, a retired Los Angeles police detective, connects the leads which the Spokane police did not follow. Employing a useful literary device, Fuhrman quotes himself as the guest of Mike Fitzsimmons on the 'All about Crime with Mark Fuhrman' show on KXLY News Radio 920. Fitzsimmons and Fuhrman use the talk-radio show to keep the murders in the news, and to prod and goad officials into action. But Spokane didn't seem to care. ('Who cares?' the young woman said. 'He's just killing prostitutes' [p. 13]). Fuhrman demonstrates how the detective attempts to understand the mind of the killer. Victim descriptions are chilling. 'Darla Sue Scott, age 29. Body found November 5, 1997, partially buried near the Hangman Valley Golf Course. Cause of death: gunshot wound to head. White plastic bag over head' (p. 45). Despite Yates' 408-year prison sentence, Fuhrman shows why it is important to understand Yates' motives. A very readable gumshoe crime buster. Recommended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 26, 2002
Compelling Story - Badly Written
I am from the Seattle-Tacoma area and have followed most of the serial killer stories. This book took a gripping story and put it in the hands of a terrible writer. Fuhrman's ego abounds, but insight does not. He repeats himself over and over, which is insulting to the reader. A lot of words - it wore me out. This story would have been better told by someone less enthralled with himself.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.