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Charmer: The True Story of A Ladies' Man and His Victims
     

Charmer: The True Story of A Ladies' Man and His Victims

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by Jack Olsen
 

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From the bestselling author of Predator comes another riveting true murder case based on dozens of author interviews. Olsen's compelling narrative tells of the "nice girls"--young, blond, likable girls who were savagely murdered and perversely mutilated after befriending George Russell, Jr., an intelligent young African American.

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From the bestselling author of Predator comes another riveting true murder case based on dozens of author interviews. Olsen's compelling narrative tells of the "nice girls"--young, blond, likable girls who were savagely murdered and perversely mutilated after befriending George Russell, Jr., an intelligent young African American.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Olsen (Son) has established himself so firmly near the pinnacle of true-crime writers that anything from him not a masterwork is somewhat of a disappointment. That is the case with this story of a young African American from a posh Seattle suburb. George Russell Jr., highly intelligent, supremely articulate and supposedly the son of professionals, became a serial killer who mutilated his victims. His story is told largely through transcripts of interviews with police officers, bar personnel and the far younger women he hung around with (at 28, he enjoyed the company of girls of 13 and 14). Beneath his charm, however, lay a pathological hatred of women, so it is not surprising that his career in crime, which began with petty theft and advanced to cat burglary, climaxed with the murders of three females. The book's strength is its lesson that diligent police work can indeed produce results. Russell is now serving a life term. Author tour. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Olsen (The Misbegotten Son, LJ 3/1/93) has no peer when it comes to criminal cases involving psychopathic personalities. George Russell, one of the few African Americans growing up in the Seattle suburb of Mercer Island, Washington, was perceived as a "charming rascal." In reality, he was a troubled youth who committed hundreds of petty crimes, an antisocial manipulator with no fixed address, and finally a conscienceless killer of three young women he knew slightly. Almost surely he would have continued killing had he not been caught. This mesmerizing account of evil hiding behind a mask of superficial charm is based on extensive interviews. Essential for true crime readers and recommended for a general audience.-Gregor A. Preston, Univ. of California Lib., Davis

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380716012
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/01/1995
Series:
Avon Book Series
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 6.89(h) x 1.05(d)

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Charmer: The True Story of A Ladies' Man and His Victims 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
msMN More than 1 year ago
Jack Olsen is one of the best true crime authors I have ever had the pleasure of reading! This book gives a chilling description of an african american male serial killer through the eyes of the detectives and friends. The way that the book is written it is hard to put it down! It is like reading the minds of those closest to this killer.