Bogeyman: He Was Every Parent's Nightmare

Bogeyman: He Was Every Parent's Nightmare

by Steve Jackson


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The inspirational true crime story describing in dramatic detail the efforts of tenacious Texas lawmen to solve the cold case murders of three little girls and hold their killer accountable for his horrific crimes. An incredible police procedural that begins in January 1985 and in a very real sense continues to this day as police detectives push to bring other cases against serial child killer David Elliott Penton.

From the book: "For years he'd stalked elementary schools, neighborhoods and playgrounds looking for young girls to abduct, rape and murder. With some exceptions, he concentrated on black, Asian or Hispanic girls living in low-income areas. He thought of them as "throwaway kids"-hardly missed, and soon forgotten, except by those who loved them; just sad cold case files gathering dust in police records rooms. As though invisible, he brazenly struck in broad daylight, pulling children into his van or cars, or he crept into homes in the dead of night to carry away little girls while their families slept. He was every parent's worst nightmare. The bogeyman they warned their children about disguised as the friendly stranger who offered candy, cookies and ice cream to entice his victims close enough to grab. The fiend who lurked in the shadows outside of bedroom windows."

From the Author: "I think what made BOGEYMAN unique for me as a writer wasn't the killer's story, or even the exceptional detective work that went into bringing David Penton to justice. The book gives us a poignant and powerful inside look at the emotional, psychological and physical toll a case like this has on the men and women of law enforcement, as well as on their families; those usually unseen, and rarely revealed, stories of courage, faith and sacrifice on behalf of the victims, the victims' families, and their communities."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780990557302
Publisher: SceneBooks Inc.
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 589,899
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Best-selling and award-winning author and journalist Steve Jackson has written nine non-fiction books in true crime, history and biography genres; he has also written a dozen crime fiction thrillers for the "Butch Karp Series" in collaboration with former New York assistant district attorney Robert K. Tanenbaum.

His latest true crime book, SMOOTH TALKER, was published in May 2016 by a company he started with a partner, Michael Cordova, in August 2014. As of summer 2016, WildBlue Press had published more than two dozen books in true crime, crime fiction, romance, memoir and business genres. The company is rapidly expanding both the number of authors and number of titles, and will be moving into other genres in the Summer 2015.

In April 2015, WildBlue Press released an updated version of Jackson's true crime classic NO STONE UNTURNED for the first time in eBook and audiobook. His first book for WildBlue Press was the bestselling BOGEYMAN, which was published in August 2014.

His first non-fiction book, MONSTER, a true crime, was published in October 1998 and within two weeks became a NYTimes bestseller. In 2003, his World War II dramatic narrative, LUCKY LADY, received The Colorado Book Award, best biography/history, from the Colorado Center for the Book; Lucky Lady was also the runner-up that year for the Admiral Samuel Morrison Naval History Award.

In June 2013, Jackson joined forensic investigative team NecroSearch International, the group featured in NO STONE UNTURNED, searching for the remains of the Grand Duke Mikhail Romanov in Perm, Russia as part of his research for an upcoming dramatic history FINDING ANASTASIA. He and the team returned to Russia to continue the search in June 2015 and will again in July 2016.

Born in Bethesda Naval Hospital in 1955, Jackson grew up in Hawaii and Colorado. He graduated in 1979 from Colorado State University with a BA in Journalism. A newspaper journalist for 25 years, he worked in locales as varied as Montana, Hawaii, Guam, Micronesia, Indonesia, Indiana, Washington D.C., Florida, Oregon and Colorado. During his career with newspapers, he received numerous national and regional awards for feature writing and investigative reporting.

He lives and works on the coast in Manzanita, Oregon. Outside of writing, his interests include backpacking, fly fishing, skiing, guitar, reading, softball, music, wine, beer and spending time with his family and friends.

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Bogeyman: He Was Every Parent's Nightmare 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An alright book
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
I received this book via StoryCartel to give an honest review. The title called out to me. I wanted to get my hands on this book to see what this book was about I didn't even read the blurb when I selected this book. Then I went to Goodreads to add it to my books I am reading, and I read the blurb. This is a story that takes place in the 80's and you can tell that the officers have their work cut out for them. It is not easy to capture someone so sick and twisted back then as you could almost do it now. Let me say I no longer want my kiddos outside playing in the yard without me right there.  This story is of the serial killer David Penton who I do not know anything about. This is an account of his crimes by a detective who found the cold case of one of his young victims and never gave up trying to put Penton away. I have to say that this is a detective that every missing, kidnapped, killed person's family would want to try to get answers for them. Penton is a sick and twisted man, and while reading the book yes I could tell he was evil, but it didn't truly hit until the end when I got to the pictures of those little girls. The youngest being three, my heart broke. This author while writing about the crimes didn't go into the detail of what Penton did to his victims but you could grasp what he did and I am very surprised he did not get the death penalty.  You get a feel from the officers that were the first to learn of the crime that happened that it took a toll on them, and their family. And we always think about the victims family and how they are torn apart but we never think of the officers it affects. And this story touches on that along with the victims families, and those that were witnesses.  The author did a great job with researching all of this and getting facts, and pulling you into a story of a great detective Gary Sweet and how he never once gave up.  I think if I could give this book more than 5 stars than I would. Not because of the crimes committed but for the fact that we learned about someone so evil that it brings to light that we need to hug our children a bit tighter.  It is a book that will tug on your heart strings, but will want you to read it to the very end to find out if the girls ever get justice. 
ns2010 More than 1 year ago
"For years he'd stalked elementary schools and playground looking for young girls from low-income neighborhoods to abduct, rape and murder. He thought of them as "throwaway kids" A Texas criminal that took years to bring to justice,even though he often left witnesses, including a girl he grabbed but let go then took one from the same school! A entertaining read, it kept my attention from page though it frustrating how long it took to caught such a brazen child rapist and killer. Look forward to more from this author, I highly recommend for lovers of true crime stories such Anne Rule!
MargieS1 More than 1 year ago
Given To Me For An Honest Review Steve Jackson has done a fabulous job in writing his book "Bogeyman: He was Every Parent's Nightmare".  During the 1980's little girls  were being kidnapped and when found they were killed.  The cases were unsolved and the case files were boxed and put away.  This  story tells about the tragedies of these children and the effects on their families.  But, the real story is that of the detectives and police  officers who worked hours, days, weeks, months and years to solve the cases.  Some of the officers lost their marriages because of it.  These cases seemed to take over their lives.  Do they find the "Bogeyman"  Well, among the twists and turns I kept on page turning to  find out.  What I read was unbelievable.  This book is a NEED to read.  Once you start to read you'll be on the edge of your seat and won't  be able to stop reading until you get to the end.  I gave this book 5 stars but it really deserves 10+.  I highly recommend this book to everyone.  I look forward to more from Steve Jackson.