Perhaps the most prolific serial killer of modern times, Randy Kraft murdered at least 60 young men in at least three states, usually torturing and sexually abusing them first. A factor that hindered his capture was Kraft's apparent normality; a successful computer programmer, he was a helpful and obliging co-worker, and he sustained two long-term gay relationships during the 12 years of his murder spree, 1971-1983.tighter. aa Los Angeles Times reporter McDouglas here draws a multidimensional portrait of a psycho- and sociopath, not sparing the reader details of the incredible cruelty that Kraft inflicted on his victims, of the scorecard he kept to record his ``successes'' and of the impaired lives of the families whose sons, brothers and husbands he slaughtered. Kraft was convicted in 1989 and now lives ok?aa/no, restore; to say now lives seems incredibly callous. gs on San Quentin's death row. A fine true-crime book. (May)
After reading this book, readers will wonder if anyone in southern California is not a serial killer. In describing Randy Kraft's 67-victim murder spree as ``the Freeway killer,'' investigative reporter McDougal mentions several other serial killers. Although his book is well written and researched and definitely a nail-biter, McDougal leaves some questions open, such as how a small man like Kraft managed to both drive and toss bodies from a moving car. Mercifully, he does not try to psychoanalyze Kraft. Instead, he lets the killer speak for himself, and Kraft does so with chilling normalcy. This book will make readers look at their acquaintances and wonder if . . . ? Recommended for true crime collections.-- Lois Walker, Winthrop Coll. Lib., Rock Hill, S.C.