The Want-Ad Killer

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After his first grisly crime, Harvey Louis Carignan beat a death sentence and continued to manipulate, rape, and bludgeon women to death—using want ads to lure his young female victims. And time after time, justice was thwarted by a killer whose twisted legal genius was matched only by his sick savagery. Here, complete with the testimony of women who suffered his unspeakable sexual abuses and barely escaped with their lives, and of the police who at last put him behind bars, is one of the most shattering and ...

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Overview

After his first grisly crime, Harvey Louis Carignan beat a death sentence and continued to manipulate, rape, and bludgeon women to death—using want ads to lure his young female victims. And time after time, justice was thwarted by a killer whose twisted legal genius was matched only by his sick savagery. Here, complete with the testimony of women who suffered his unspeakable sexual abuses and barely escaped with their lives, and of the police who at last put him behind bars, is one of the most shattering and thought-provoking true-crime stories of our time. Includes 8 pages of photos

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451166883
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1983
  • Series: True Crime Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 198,296
  • Product dimensions: 4.08 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann  Rule

Ann Rule has drawn on her experience as a former policewoman to become one of America’s top true-crime writers. The author of over 1,000 articles and numerous books, she has lectured widely to law-enforcement schools and agencies. She has also serves as a consultant to the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (VI-CAP), which is used to track and apprehend violent criminals. Her bestselling books, Lust Killer, The Want-Ad Killer, The I-5 Killer, and Small Sacrifices, are available in Signet editions.

Biography

Ann Rule has always had an insatiable interest in why people do the things they do. From devouring true crime books when she was a girl to pursuing a career in law enforcement as a Seattle policewoman, to achieving blockbuster success as a true crime author, Rule has dedicated her life to uncovering the dark motivations inside the minds of the criminals who live among us.

The majority of Rule's books have hit the New York Times bestseller list, including six Crime Files series volumes: A Rage to Kill, In the Name of Love, the #1 bestseller A Fever in the Heart, You Belong to Me, A Rose for Her Grave, and The End of the Dream.

...And Never Let Her Go is her chilling account of the nationally renowned case of wife killer Thomas Capano; Bitter Harvest covers the case of Debora Green, a physician and mother driven to murder; the #1 bestseller If You Really Loved Me tells the true story of a millionaire's murderous alter ego; Everything She Ever Wanted is the story of a sociopathic Georgia socialite and her fatal attractions; Small Sacrifices is Rule's heartbreaking account of a woman who slaughtered her three young children. Perhaps her best-known and most compelling work, The Stranger Beside Me, is the fascinating tale of Rule's growing terror as she realized her friend and coworker, Ted Bundy, was a serial killer. Finally, the #1 New York Times bestseller Dead by Sunset tells the story of a charismatic killer and the women who loved him.

Generous and civic-minded when it comes to sharing her expertise and insights, Rule has testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee and often speaks to law enforcement agencies, including the FBI Academy. She also served on the U.S. Justice Department task force that set up VI-CAP -- the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program now in use at the FBI to trace and apprehend serial killers.

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Rule's early jobs included being a caseworker for the Washington State Department of Public Assistance and a police officer.

Rule's interest in criminology seems to run in the family: Her grandfather and an uncle were sheriffs, another uncle was a medical examiner, and her cousin was a district attorney.

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    1. Hometown:
      Seattle, Washington
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 22, 1935
    2. Place of Birth:
      Lowell, Michigan
    1. Education:
      Creative Writing Program, University of Washington

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Great

    Another great book Ann !! Harvey is a monster that should never of seen the light of day when he was in trouble before, this would have saved lives and the rapes n beatings..he slipped right thru the cracks.. this is a sad but very well written book.... Bn

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  • Posted July 14, 2011

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    A Shocking look at A Man who got away with Murder, and then continued...

    Ann Rule is one of the best true crime writers of all time. She takes a case, and turns it into a shocking story that will make reader cringe. "The Want-Ad Killer" was well written, and told of the shocking true story of a man who was sentenced to hand, but then, lived to kill and rape countless women again. Although I am not sure why the story is called "the want-ad killer" (it told of one instance where he put in a want-ad, it was a good read, but short.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    Ann Rule is the Best True Crime Writer

    The Want-Ad Killer is a very disturbing, true-life account of the life and crimes of Harvey Carignan. True to her unique style of writing, Rule provides an engrossing, horrifying tale. I have read all of Ann Rule's books but this one was especially of interest to me as it is partially set in my home state of Minnesota. This is a must-read for fans of true-crime novels. I would also recommend: The Stranger Beside Me (the Ted Bundy story), The I-5 Killer, Green River Running Red, And Never Let her Go, and Mortal Danger. Ann Rule's true-crime short stories are also fascinating.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2006

    awesome as usual!

    Ann Rule has done it again. I just finished reading this book and was enthralled to the end! I have read many books and can't wait to read more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2005

    The Best ever!!

    I literally could not stop reading this book. I really enjoyed this one. The Best book I've ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2013

    Don't read this at night or you might become paranoid! Ann Rule

    Don't read this at night or you might become paranoid! Ann Rule puts you right into lives of the people affected and makes you fear for them.

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    Posted November 24, 2013

    The cat

    Pulls the tom off of her.

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    Tommeehh

    He snatches Bluemoon's scruff and pounces on her back. The tom shoved his di.ck inside her and thrusted.

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    Posted August 9, 2013

    Other Bluemoon

    She was brought in. "Um why am I here? Please tell me whats going on?" She says glancing around.

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    Sigh.mmm

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

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    One of my favorite Ann Rule books. She has a writing style that

    One of my favorite Ann Rule books. She has a writing style that sucks you into a read. Highly recommended.

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