In a chilling, if sometimes meandering, account of alleged serial killer Robert Browne, Michaud and Price paint a grisly portrait of a man with no remorse or regard for human life. (The case was also recently written about in the New York Times Magazine.) The all-volunteer cold-case squad in Colorado Springs, Colo.-headed by retired FBI agent Charlie Hess and retired police detective Lou Smit-first encountered Browne after his 1995 conviction for the abduction and murder of 13-year-old Heather Church. Convinced that the enigmatic, well-spoken Louisianan had killed before, Hess began what would become a five-year dialogue (initially through letters) with Browne at the Colorado State Penitentiary. Teasing the investigators with riddles and vague details, Browne led them on a gruesome hunt through almost 20 years of unsolved rapes, murders and dismemberments stretching from Louisiana to California. The killer proudly proclaimed the "score" to be police "one," Browne "forty-eight." Veteran true-crime author Michaud (Ted Bundy: Conversations with a Killer) and former Washington Poststaffer Price meticulously catalogue the squad's investigation, at times inundating the reader with names, dates and case details that are difficult to keep straight. But this unsettling account of the man who may be one of the country's most prolific serial killers is a must-read for true-crime fans. (Oct. 2)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
The Devil's Right-Hand Man: The True Story of Serial Killer Robert Charles Browneby Stephen G. Michaud, Debbie M. Price
“The score is you one, the other team 48,” wrote Robert Charles Browne in March 2000, from his prison cell in Colorado, where he was serving a life/b>
The case of Robert Charles Browne, who may be one of America’s most prolific serial killers, was supposed to be a cold one. But that was before three retired buddies took it on.
“The score is you one, the other team 48,” wrote Robert Charles Browne in March 2000, from his prison cell in Colorado, where he was serving a life sentence for a girl’s murder. “Seven sacred virgins entombed side by side, those less worthy are scattered wide.”
No one in local law enforcement knew what to make of this message. Then three friends, volunteer members of the El Paso Sheriff’s Department cold case squad, decided to write back to Browne.
Browne boasted about having killed as many as forty-eight people in a cross-country murder spree spanning twenty-five years. As the old friends parsed the riddles, investigators followed clues leading to a confession and the closure of another heartbreaking case. This is their story.
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Stephen G. Michaud is the New York Times bestselling author and co-author of more than a dozen true crime books.
Debbie M. Price is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in numerous publications.
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I lived this case in large part and I am still living with it. My sister is one of the persons mentioned as a victim of Brownes even though she is still listed as a missing person and he has provided no details that are conclusive. The book is okay and the research is pretty good. I sent a picture of my sister to Debi Price to use in the book. To my knowledge she has never spoken to Robert Browne himself and is relying on the investigators in Colorado who obviously put together the evidence for the murders he committed in that state. I have no doubt he killed people. I have a lot of doubts that some of the ones he claimed in Louisiana including my sister were actually done by him. If he did do it, it most certainly could not have happened the way he claims it did. We have physical proof of that. The book is interesting but I caution the readers to keep an open mind and do not assume as the book seems to do that Robert Charles Browne is the end of those stories. If he did do these murders there may have been reasons far beyond simple opportunity. I have been threatened as has my family and many people have wound up dead who have tried to follow other leads that do not jive with the official line.
As the last review my cousin was one of the victims he kidnapped and killed. The worst part is that he was the closest neighbor 1 1/2 miles away. I never was able to meet Heather, I was told she was a very precious person. I would of loved to of met her, but Browne had to take her away. When I read the book it took me like 2 full days to read it, cause it was hard to put down.