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"Rigor mortis had set in by the time police arrived," Special Prosecutor Tony Clayton told the jury, watching their eyes as they viewed the photograph of the bloodied arm of Geralyn Barr DeSoto. Geralyn's clenched fist, frozen in death away from her body, held her secret. "Geralyn was trying to tell us something. She was telling us how hard she fought. She was telling us who her killer is. 'Right here,' she said. 'Right here I have the killer. Just open my hand. ...
"Rigor mortis had set in by the time police arrived," Special Prosecutor Tony Clayton told the jury, watching their eyes as they viewed the photograph of the bloodied arm of Geralyn Barr DeSoto. Geralyn's clenched fist, frozen in death away from her body, held her secret. "Geralyn was trying to tell us something. She was telling us how hard she fought. She was telling us who her killer is. 'Right here,' she said. 'Right here I have the killer. Just open my hand. Just open my hand, and you'll know who did it to me.'"
Two months later:
"Charlotte Murray Pace fought from one room of that apartment to the other," Prosecutor John Sinquefield told jurors as they blinked tears away. "She clawed, she hit, she fought. As her young, strong heart pumped its last blood out of the holes he cut out of her, she fought. And in the fight, he took her life, her body. But he could not take her honor. She preserved her honor by the way she lived and the way she died. That fight is not over, ladies and gentlemen of the jury. Charlotte Murray Pace has brought her fight to you."
These crimes are vividly depicted in this first comprehensive book about Derrick Todd Lee. I've Been Watching You-The South Louisiana Serial Killer dramatically tells the story of Lee's life and follows the timeline of his reign of terror over South Louisiana. Readers will become intimately acquainted with the seven victims who have been linked to Lee by DNA, along with the frustrated investigators who could not catch this diabolical killer. This recounting also details the murders of ten other women who were not connected by DNA, but whom these authors believe should be included on the list of Lee's victims due to strong circumstantial evidence.
There are many unanswered questions regarding these series of killings. How did Lee find his victims, and why did he choose them? Why didn't the Multi-Agency Homicide Task Force believe he was the killer when his name was brought repeatedly to its attention? What evil possessed him to rape and murder so many women? All of these questions are answered as I've Been Watching You journeys for more than a decade through the small towns and swamps of South Louisiana to create a graphic accounting of Lee's vicious rapes and homicides.
I've Been Watching You vividly paints the portrait of this monster and the beautiful women who died as a result of his twisted compulsion to kill.
Posted June 25, 2012
This is an outstanding read! I could not put this book down. It provides a great description of the crimes and the very flawed investigative process. While I think some of the crime scene descriptions are a bit strong it is necessary to get in to the mind of e killer.
It makes you be more aware of your surroundings.
Posted March 2, 2009
I agree with the other reviewers that this is a riveting, well researched book. I also like the fact that so much attention is paid to the lives of the murdered women & how much not only their families, but also society has lost by losing them. I also found their inclusion of other possible victims & the likelihood that DTL killed them noteworthy. And their portrayal of Pam Kinamore's mother, Lynne Marino as heroic is accurate. It is questionable whether DTL would ever have been caught without the pressure brought to bear by her & the public demonstrations she organized. My only quibble with the book (& it is minor) is their emphasis on how the murders affected the Baton Rouge area. I think there were a number of others, like me, from other parts of the country who spent many a sleepless night worrying about young female relatives or friends, living in Baton Rouge, who matched the description of the women DTL targeted.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 17, 2008
This was absolutely the best true crime book I've read. I loved the way the authors described the lives of the victims in such a way that you really got to know them and felt horrified by what happened to them. There was so much tension in this book that I could not put it down. This was a well written description of an investigation gone awry for many years and a serial killer who eluded police for more than a decade even though he claimed to be 'retarded' to avoid the death penalty. I would recommend this to any true crime lover.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted March 20, 2006
I've read several true-crime books, and this is one of the best! I knew nothing about the case, and I couldn't put the book down. It paints vivid portraits of the killer's victims and their families, and makes you feel deep sympathy for them. It details how the investigation went down the wrong track, even when the killer was right under their noses. Finally, in the courtroom scenes, the authors let the eloquence of the victims' families stand on its own. A great read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 27, 2006
I must say, this is one book that EVERY woman in Louisiana, as well as in the world should read. I was sitting at home watching the Baton Rouge news, when they stated that a book about Derrick Todd Lee was be available at B & N in mid-February. Immediately, I knew that I wanted to read that book. I knew that it would have a lot of things that were not mentioned in the news report that had us glued to our televsions day in and day out when this was going on. I bought the book recently and my mother read it first. She then told me that it was a page turner and VERY informative. I read the book in one night. I couldn't put it down. The authors did an EXCELLENT job of taking you there. It was as if you were right there in the home town, everything was detailed and nothing was left out. It made a lot of things clear, such as if the police would've listened to several people, a lot of women would not have lost their lives. It made me more aware of my surroundings and made me cautious not to be alone when I go anywhere. I would recommend that all college women, as well as older women read this book. It really makes you think and realize everything that is going on around you.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 11, 2006
Having lived in Baton Rouge all my life, and in the LSU area during the height of the Serial Killers' reign of terror, I have been waiting for the books we all knew would be coming. Derrick Todd Lee invaded every Baton Rouge woman's life. I was very pleased that Tony Clayton was involved with the publishing because I know that the truth is finally being told (including the truth about the 'Taskforce'). I read the book in less that 24 hours. I was riveted! I am re-reading it at a more leisurely pace now. I have shared it with a couple of friends. They say, 'I can't put it down!' It is very well written and draws you in to the tension that was so much a part of our lives. Gut wrenching! It yanks those unspeakable fears we buried when Derrick Todd Lee and Sean Vincent Gillis were captured, right back up to the surface and reminds us that there is still another one out there! My doors are locked tight...again! Congratulations to the authors for telling the story that needs to be told.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted November 24, 2009
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