Buried Dreams: Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer

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Drawing on exclusive interviews and previously unreported material, journalist Tim Cahill “offers the stuff of wrenching nightmares” (Wall Street Journal),  a harrowing journey inside the mind of a serial killer. Meticulously researched and graphically recounted, Buried Dreams brings to vivid life the real John Wayne Gacy – his complex personality, compulsions, inadequacies and torments – often in the killer’s own words. Called “an absorbing and disturbing story” (PW) and “surprisingly graceful” (New York ...
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Drawing on exclusive interviews and previously unreported material, journalist Tim Cahill “offers the stuff of wrenching nightmares” (Wall Street Journal),  a harrowing journey inside the mind of a serial killer. Meticulously researched and graphically recounted, Buried Dreams brings to vivid life the real John Wayne Gacy – his complex personality, compulsions, inadequacies and torments – often in the killer’s own words. Called “an absorbing and disturbing story” (PW) and “surprisingly graceful” (New York Times), this is a journey to the heart of human evil that you will never forget.
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“A rare and brilliant work of criminal literature that must stand with Truman Capote’s ‘In Cold Blood’ and Norman Mailer’s ‘The Executioner’s Song’ as a seminal example of the investigative genre… the kind of book you hate passionately from page one but simply can’t put down.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553051155
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/1988
  • Pages: 372

Meet the Author

Tim Cahill, a well-known journalist, has been a Contributing Editor to Rolling Stone, a columnist for Outside and has been published in The New York Times. He is also the author of multiple travel bestsellers, including LOST IN MY OWN BACKYARD (Crown ‘04), HOLD THE ENLIGHTENMENT (Vintage ’03), PASS THE BUTTERWORMS (Vintage ’98), JAGUARS RIPPED MY FLESH (Vintage ’96), PECKED TO DEATH BY DUCKS (Vintage ’94), ROAD FEVER (Vintage ’92), and A WOLVERINE IS EATING MY LEG (Vintage ’89).
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  • Posted January 25, 2012

    Slow, hard to follow, boring

    Don't listen to the other reviews. I did and wasted my money. This book is very slow, jumps around without a clear path of where it is going, and is boring. I've read other books about John Wayne Gacy and learned nothing more from this one. The entire book consists off of Gacy guessing what he did. He says he doesn't remember anything and blacked out for all of the killings. He isn't even sure he really committed them. You do not get into the mind of Gacy. You basically get a third party sitting there saying well, this is what I guess happened. The book focuses on Gacy trying to outsmart the doctors and not really telling a bit of truth. It skips over half of the murders because Gacy says he doesn't remember them. And the ones he does he only remembers the boy themselves but not killing them. The book spends most of its time telling you about how he met the boys but doesn't go into his mind or what he was thinking at the time of the killings. This book was a waste of my time and money. I have read hundreds of true crime books and this one is probably the worst on my list. Please don't waste your money and don't listen to the other reviews. I did and I'm not sure what book they were reading but it was not this one.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2006

    Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer

    This book was amazing. It has portions of interviews with John Wayne Gacy Jr. I found myself thinking about his crimes even when I wasn't reading the book. It's a great read for anyone interested in serial killers and sociopaths.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2004

    Bury yourself inside the mind of John Wayne Gacy!

    After I was finished with this book, it left my senses tingling. I have never read a book that went inside the mind of a serial killer, this was very in depth, and kept you wanting to read more! Tim Cahill is an absolutly genius! Tim takes you from John's early childhood, all the way though prison!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2012

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    The best true crime book written in the past 75 years. Tim Cahil

    The best true crime book written in the past 75 years. Tim Cahill is a
    master writer and makes JWG's life and crimes come to life in a
    personal, human manner. Because of this book, I spent six years
    interviewing JWG and writing about what I learned. An unreleased
    documentary - a filmed interview with Robert K. Ressler and JWG, May
    1992, will be a good companion piece. Release date pending.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    This is a fabulous book that will keep your interest with twists and turns from start to finish. It is important to know that John Casey did not profit from this book. However, it takes you deep inside his thoughts and events in his life that lead up to his acts of murder. It is both amazing and scary to realize after you have read this, of how trusted he was in the community. It is a real eye opener.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2006

    Amazing

    This book had you think of the mind of this psycho at the Dinner Table, before you went to sleep, or doing anything at all. The fact that it dives so deep into his mind and what he was like as a person is simply remarkable. If you find serial killers interesting this is a must buy book for you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 1999

    The Best Non-Fiction Book on a Serial Killer--Ever

    Most 'true crime' books accomplish one thing only, at best: They inform us about the subject's life and crimes. Tim Cahill's incredible book does that and much more: It brings you into the mind of John Wayne Gacy with a clarity that will (or at least should) leave you wanting to scrub yourself clean in a scalding shower. The prose style itself takes on a pattern that's clearly Gacy-esque, rather than Cahill's. I doubt Cahill would care to get this close to a serial killer's heart again, but at least he's left us with this remarkable document of a modern American monster.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2013

    Engrossing and consuming

    I find stories about serial killers interesting, but have never read a book written from inside the mind of the killer. The author has so much material from John Wayne Gacy himself, and reading what Gacy's diagnosis of his motives are and why he thinks might have done what he did makes the story much more compelling than the usual speculative narratives written about serial killers. I honestly have never read a better, more insightful book about such a murderer before. I came away feeling a little bit sorry for Gacy, the original fat, unathletic, unpopular boy who never got over his feelings of insignificance and his father's disapproval. Talk about a cautionary tale for propspective parents! Beware your actions -- this is how your kid could turn out if you are not nice!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

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    Buried Dreams is a great book about the mind of a serial killer.

    Buried Dreams is a great book about the mind of a serial killer. John Wayne Gacy is detailed in great depth, giving insight into the mind of a serial killer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2012

    Love it

    Awesome read

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2012

    Good book.

    I liked this book pretty well. It gives a lot of insight into Gacy. A very sick character.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2002

    Usual good Cahill

    Absolutely spellbinding. Cahill has made this man come to life on paper.

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