Hometown Killer

Hometown Killer

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by Carol J. Rothgeb
     
 

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Child Killer

Springfield, Ohio was an All-American town. A town rocked in 1992 by the discovery of two adolescent girls, brutally raped and murdered. Investigators soon learned that four local misfits had been accomplices. Yet DNA tests proved that the true culprit was still on the loose.

Deadly Deceiver

Inexplicably, the four men continued to

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Child Killer

Springfield, Ohio was an All-American town. A town rocked in 1992 by the discovery of two adolescent girls, brutally raped and murdered. Investigators soon learned that four local misfits had been accomplices. Yet DNA tests proved that the true culprit was still on the loose.

Deadly Deceiver

Inexplicably, the four men continued to mislead police throughout the years of the investigation, periodically supplying false clues and leads. While a cold-blooded killer remained at large, 31-year-old Belinda Anderson was raped and murdered, and Helen Preston, 38, was raped, beaten, and left for dead. Not until 1996, when a prostitute managed to survive a terrifying ordeal at the hands of her would-be slayer, were police able to catch the man who'd been stalking Springfield's women and children.

Family Man

He was William K. Sapp, husband, father of two young boys and a baby girl of his own. Behind his mask of seeming normalcy lay a murderous rage toward women. Here is the startling true story of a town besieged-and of the relentless manhunt that tracked Sapp through the years, finally bringing him to justice.

Includes 16 Pages Of Shocking Photos

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786026883
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
06/01/2011
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
597,896
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

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Hometown Killer 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very boring because 3/4's of this book was police transcripts and (just like police transcripts) it was the same conversations, just rehashed over and over again until the confession occurs (and then again to make sure the story is straight)! I finally made it to the end of the book (last 30+ pages) to where it's the trial, and low and behold, court transcripts. Couldn't stand it anymore and read the last couple of pages to find out how it ended. I am NOT a page skipper. Can't recall the last time I had to do that to get through a book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I live in springfield. And my very close family works at the department. Love this book. And ive been to the childerns memorial where the girls boies were foundd.
catherine_x3 More than 1 year ago
I live in springfield and have read the book and I feel that for someone living here and wanting to know the history it was an amazing book. 
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A different kind of true crime book here; I see and hear the killers break down bit by bit untill the whole story comes out. Fascinating to watch the interplay among suspects and creative detectives.The victims are treated respectfully but this is a story of why and how a serial killer is made and what goes through his mind before he kills and how he deals with his actions after. A keeper indeed! I enjoyed it even more the second time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very tedious and boring. I admit the author probably did her best dealing with characters that were below average IQ, but please! page after page of the same questions with no story just coping police police reports. Not a good read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Read this unusual book, Hometown Killer, because:it is beautifully written by a woman who lived through the fear a serial killer imposes on an entire City when women and young girls are sexually abused and brutally murdered. Carol J. Rothgeb also attended every Court proceeding and reviews for us the evidence of the peculiar 'signature' the killer left at the scenes. A Whodunit and an inside look at actual police work and the emotional toll upon police and prosecutors make it a worthy book, dedicated to victims and families who grieve.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader of non-fiction and have read many true crime books and found this one to be tedious to read and boring. It was boring because there are chapter after chapter of actual police interviews without any story from the author. When you finish it you feel as though parts of the story are missing and it wasn't investigated like it should have. The author used what seemed to be court transcripts, police interviews, and newspaper articles to write most of it. At the beginning of the book the author states it has always been her dream to write a true-crime book and this is her first. What is odd is that in the middle of the book there is a strange paragraph where she states something like 'I, Carol finally knew I could write my book'. It seemed like it wasn't something a professional writer would have put in there. I don't know who her editor was but I can't believe this got out in print the way it was. The author needs to do much more research and interview actual people before she should attempt to write another book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A simply awesome true crime account that avoids speculation and analysis while presenting concise factual evidence. Author literally puts the reader at the crime scenes and then takes you along for the police questioning. Highly recommended from a true crime afficianado.
Guest More than 1 year ago
HOMETOWN KILLER by Carol J. Rothgeb is a true crime story that gives rare insight into the mind and behavior of a serial killer. It is a story of the lengthy search for the killer in a quagmire of false confessions and fruitless leads. Rarely does an author to have, as here, over 21 hours of videotape to review to give us the killer's actual words combined with, uniquely, an excellect description of his actions, responses and behavior as he is questioned and shown the victims' clothing, the murder weapons and pics from the crime scenes and hear his chilling comments. We hear the 'reasons' for the savage attacks and the meticulous attention to detail, as we see his face and posture in the telling. This book has a heart and reveals what we seldom see; the personal agony of gifted and tenacious Police to find a killer of young girls, the ages of their own daughters, and other young women randomly selected. We feel the terrible pressure they worked under to calm the terrors of an entire City without rushing to judgement. This is Police work at its best. A gifted story-teller, Gastgeb gives an eyewitness account of the trial of the man who said: 'All the b-----s must die!'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Methodically brings the reader into the presence of each character...creating the feeling of being right there with the victims, with the perpetrators, with the interrogators! A page-turner if there ever were one! Brilliant writing by C.J. Rothgeb.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of anne rules best books yet . I can't beleive it ,even a person with a learning disability can cause harm to another . wow! who would of thought . this book gives you a chill in your spine just thinking of that , know with all explicit details and great doucumantry reports you can get into a mind of what a person is thinking( or can you ) now a days you can never under estimate anybody .for a person who is just begining to read true crime , this is a must read . It will keep you wanting to read till the end