Chasing the Devil: My Twenty-Year Quest to Capture the Green River Killerby Sheriff David Reichert
The riveting personal account of one sheriffs epic hunt for America's most heinous serial killer. For eight years, Sheriff David Reichert devoted days and nights to capturing the Green River Killer--the most notorious serial killer in American history. He was the first detective on the case in 1982 and doggedly pursued it as the body count climbed to 49 and it became the most infamous unsolved case in the nation. Frantically following all leads, even as more bodies surfaced near the river outside Seattle, Sheriff Reichert befriended the victims families, publicly challenged the killer, and risked his own safety--and the endurance and love of his family--before he found his madman. But Reicherts hunt didnt end when he finally cornered a truck painter named Gary Ridgway. It would be yet another 11 haunting years before forensic science could prove Ridgways guilt beyond a shadow of a doubt. CHASING THE DEVIL is the gripping firsthand account of Reicherts relentless pursuit--a 21-year odyssey full of near-misses and startling revelations. Told in vivid detail by the man who knows the whole story--the man who has stared into the eyes of absolute evil--this is a page-turning real-life suspense story of unparalleled heroism.
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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.
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.
After just having written a lengthy paper about serial murderers for my criminal psychology class, I was really disheartened by this book. I grew up under the fear of the GreenRiver Murderer and my neighbor across the street actucally worked with him at Kenworth. So imagine my excitement about this book!!! It was deflated within the first chapter. Knowing the author is a cop leaves allowences for error and forgiveness. But it is so poorly written and egotistical. Me, me, I did and then oh yeah there was a team of detectives who helped. There was credit lent to others, but it still came across as a book about me. Factually there are many clear cut items that are true, however there are mistakes as well. Comparing it to photographs, there are errors. It is a good documentation of the history of task force, which I found interesting, but I was not interested in the emotional toll on the rest of the detectives. Maybe I am too critical, but if you are looking for a simple read without indepth detail of the actual murderer then you will find this here. The book is genuine and true to word which is great, but you have to read between the lines to get all of your info out.
I was interested in the story of the killer...not so much the detective's life or personal accomplishments...the author babbles...but puts the story together by the end.