Diary of a Predator [NOOK Book]

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This groundbreaking tour de force presents the gripping, true account of one of America’s most notorious serial rapists and the tough female journalist assigned to cover his case.

Following an exhaustive manhunt and his capture in 2005, Brent Brents sent letters and his journal to Denver Post reporter Amy Herdy—with the condition that she alone tell his story. Here, then, in his raw and uncensored words, Brents reveals shocking details about ...
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Overview

This groundbreaking tour de force presents the gripping, true account of one of America’s most notorious serial rapists and the tough female journalist assigned to cover his case.

Following an exhaustive manhunt and his capture in 2005, Brent Brents sent letters and his journal to Denver Post reporter Amy Herdy—with the condition that she alone tell his story. Here, then, in his raw and uncensored words, Brents reveals shocking details about his childhood abuse and the monstrous acts he later committed. Going way beyond just the facts, he gives us an unprecedented look inside the twisted mind of a sociopath.

At the same time, Amy has a personal story to tell. Rocked to the core by Brents’ disturbing case, she sets out to understand this ruthless criminal only to be confronted with her own troubled past. Ultimately, she must make a choice that will change her life forever.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983180203
  • Publisher: Vincent Publishing House
  • Publication date: 1/16/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 324,587
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

For twenty years, Amy Herdy has specialized in covering crime for both television and print newsrooms.

Ms. Herdy began her career in television news in Kentucky and Florida, where she also worked as a crime reporter at The St. Petersburg Times for seven years. In 2002, she came to The Denver Post as an investigative criminal justice reporter. An investigative series she co-authored in 2003 at The Post, “Betrayal in the Ranks,” outlined how the military mishandles cases of sexual assault and domestic violence and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 2004. Ms. Herdy also reported a television news version of the story for KUSA-TV that was nominated for a regional Emmy.

During her career Ms. Herdy has won awards for her work in journalism, including a regional Emmy for an investigative television series she produced on the misconduct of public officials; Society of Professional Journalists awards; a Radio, Television News Directors Association award;an Associated Press award; two American Society of Newspaper Editors awards and a Military Reporters and Editors award.

Her professional engagements include, “The Art of the Interview” for Investigative Reporters and Editors, Denver, July 2010; “The Art of the Interview” and “Journalism and Trauma” in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad, Pakistan in May 2009 for the U.S. State Department; “The Art of the Interview” and “Journalism & Trauma” at Bahria University and the National University of Foreign Languages in Islamabad, Pakistan in November, 2008; “Covering Violence and Teaching Emotional Injury” in March 2007 at the University of Oklahoma, Norman for the Dart Center; a 2005 plenary for the National Center for Victims of Crime conference in Washington, D.C.; a panel for the 2005 Investigative Reporters and Editors conference in Denver, Colo.; and a 2004 plenary for the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies in New Orleans.

Ms. Herdy is now a writer and media consultant who lives outside of Boulder.
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  • Posted April 19, 2011

    best book ever

    not just a crime scene!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    This story challenges commonly held beliefs of good and evil. Ca

    This story challenges commonly held beliefs of good and evil. Can someone who appears evil by almost every definition of the term have little bits of good in them? The author struggles with this throughout the book, and I struggled with it while reading. Should someone who commits horrible crimes like sexual assault be given the time of day to tell their side of the story? Amy Herdy believed so- and I’m glad she did. I still struggle to see anything valuable about Brents, and I’m not sure if he’s busy manipulating or telling the truth, but to hear his account in his own words opened up my eyes and made an animal a little bit more human to me.
    Not an easy topic to read about- but definitely a thought provoking and interesting book. Read this with an open mind and you’ll get a lot out of it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2011

    A gripping book, from start to finish. I couldn't put it down.

    This book is an unflinching look behind the scenes of this female crime reporter covering one of the most difficult cases of her life. It's not often someone is this brutally honest about what it's like on this kind of story, and not often you get to see inside the mind of a predator like the criminal in this book. It's a fast-paced read with surprising twists and a message that will make you think hard about trying to be a better human being.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2014

    If you've ever wondered why a criminal does what he does, especi

    If you've ever wondered why a criminal does what he does, especially a rapist, this book will tell you. It includes excerpts of journals and letters of the serial rapist and is a riveting look into his twisted mind. It's also a fascinating account of the inside politics of an unhealthy newsroom and the media's push for sensationalism, even if it causes people pain. If you start reading this book, you won't be able to stop. I read the whole thing in one sitting and am still thinking about it. A great book!! It would be good for book clubs, too--I would think you could have quite the interesting discussions on things like whether someone is born evil or made that way.

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  • Posted July 23, 2012

    I am not a fan of true crime. But this book was very gripping.

    I am not a fan of true crime. But this book was very gripping. We hear about these monsters in the news, some of us have experience with them in our lives when they intrude. But other than that they disappear, we want to gas them and forget they exist. But what about their story? How did they become this way? What kind of monsters were their parents. How have they paid for their crimes against humanity. Read this book. read what happened to this man. you will never brush off another abuse case. Too many people are betrayed by the people they trust the most. family members, coaches, mentors, Commanding officers and the other members of our military who attack and abuse the men and women who serve beside them. Amy Herdy's writing has a whit and cynicism to it that many of us will pick up on very well. But this book brings you on her journey of transformation to look deeper into a person who most would rather see die, and there she finds a boy just like any other, troubled, abused, alone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    Forgiveness is a powerful word, and Diary of a Predator tests th

    Forgiveness is a powerful word, and Diary of a Predator tests the boundaries of its meaning. This haunting tale dives into the criminal Brent Brents and his horrifying crimes, and does not hold back on the punches. This is not a light book you read absentmindedly; it's an attention-grabbing story that is hard to put down. I experienced a wide range of emotions as I read it, ranging from anger and disgust to hopeful and happy. A book has not impacted me like this one in a long time. It really makes you think, and I loan it to friend after friend so I have more people to discuss it with; it's not a book you forget too quickly!

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  • Posted October 31, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Great book. I couldn't put it down. The book takes you through a wide range of emotions. It's look at the dark but realistic side of a human being who becomes a serial rapist and also a look at the author's journey as she bravely wrote the book.

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  • Posted October 30, 2011

    An Important Read

    I read this book in two days and was totally involved. The author not only provides an insightful window into the mind of a criminal but also a fascinating look at her own journey. This is a book that starts conversations. How does our society create a person who is so damaged? Is he sincere in sharing his story or is he unable to be honest even with himself? Is a monster born or created? What is our collective responsibility to all children so that they are raised knowing that they are loved and worthy. This is a must read.

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  • Posted October 27, 2011

    A MUST READ

    This is a must-read.

    While the book's topic is very specific regarding the serial rapist in Colorado known as Brent Brents, it is far from being a biography. The book analyzes the human condition and reaches out to anyone who picks it up. The story itself is a riveting tale involving Brents and Herdy, but that's not what it is really about. It's a story about the power of the human soul, and the strength, determination and will every person has.

    The book does not cover a light topic, and it's difficult to not sit and cry after some of the chapters. However, it shows a great deal of respect for all of the individuals involved in the case, and every story is told honestly and fairly. Every story has two sides, and Herdy does a fantastic job of showing all the angles.

    I challenge readers to make it through without questioning themselves and what it means to be a person. After completing it, I took a hard look at myself, my friends, my family and my career. While this is a story about a serial rapist, it's also a story about humanity, good vs. evil, forgiveness and strength.

    I dare you not to be touched by it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    Insightful; riveting; couldn't put it down

    This book is the work of a dedicated investigative journalist who made a great personal sacrifice to bring the story to us about a serial rapist. I found it riveting and could not put it down. I found that my heart went out to all of the victims including the predator. His parents and horrible childhood created a monster that seemed to be like a broken record replaying what was done to him. It is so sad. The story needed to be told so that all communities and those involved with children can make a difference so the incidence of child abuse can be greatly reduced. I pray that any child anywhere that does not seem to be doing good in school or who shows up in an emergency room can get permanent help. Apathy is our greatest enemy. I pray that others will see it this way instead of focusing on what he did. Amy also did a great job as an investigative reporter in that she stayed the course, no matter how difficult, in getting the real story told. I am sure it was not easy on her, her family, or the countless people that helped get it done. Her research was amazing on every detail and she is definitely very gifted at having the right perspective at the right time and siding with her interviewee so she gets the correct details. I think she probably sold herself short on the sacrifice she made with the hours at work. I am glad that Brent saw her talent and trusted her to tell the truth. I am sorry for him that he was failed by so many for so long - it is horrid to think about how his life and the lives of his victims would have been so different if someone in our social system could have saved him. I pray that the victims and their families can find peace.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2011

    Wow. An amazing book.

    It's way, way more than a true crime book. It's a really well done memoir, actually two memoirs. It's haunting, but in a good way. My husband is in the process of reading it and we keep talking about it. I'm telling my book club about it.

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