Driven to Kill

Driven to Kill

by Gary C. King

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The true story of sex killer Westley Allan Dodd--his victims were too small to fight...and too young to die! Includes eyewitness execution report.

By all appearances, twenty-nine-year-old Westley Allan Dodd was the perfect all-American boy--model high school student, camp counselor and U.S. Navy enlistee. But behind his mask of normalcy lurked a predatory sex fiend with a seventeen-year history of appalling acts of molestation and violence. Children were his victims and the parks of the Pacific Northwest his personal hunting grounds.

On September 4, 1989, his unnatural desires had driven him past simple satisfaction to abduct, torture, and kill two young boys in Vancouver, Washington. Undetected despite his record, Dodd killed a third innocent victim only weeks later near Portland, Oregon. But only when he was caught trying to kidnap a child from a local movie theater was he finally taken into custody by police. Confessing to this heinous murders, he was convicted on all three counts and sentenced to death.

Based on exclusive access to police files and riveting trial testimony, personal interviews with Dodd himself and excerpts from his chilling "diary of death," Driven to Kill dramatically recounts a hideous spree of death and horror that brought every parent's worst nightmare frighteningly to life!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012815934
Publisher: Bleak House Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 07/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 282,028
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Gary C. King, a freelance author and lecturer, has published more than 500 articles in true crime magazines in the United States, Canada, and England. King took over Ann Rule’s job as Pacific Northwest stringer for True Detective, Official Detective, Inside Detective, Front Page Detective, and Master Detective magazines in 1980, writing hundreds of articles under various names until those magazines ceased publication in the mid-1990s. More recently he has found alternate venues for his stories, including TruTV’s Crime Library. He has published several “classic” true crime stories for Investigation Discovery, which can be found on their website:
He is also the author of several true crime books including: Blood Lust: Portrait of a Serial Sex Killer, Driven to Kill, Web of Deceit, Blind Rage, Savage Vengeance (with Don Lasseter), An Early Grave, The Texas 7, Murder in Hollywood, Angels of Death, Stolen in the Night, Love, Lies, and Murder, An Almost Perfect Murder, Butcher, and Rage. For more information about King’s books, please see his Web site:

Blood Lust: Portrait of a Serial Sex Killer, details the bizarre case of Dayton Leroy Rogers, Oregon's worst serial killer to date. Blood Lust was published in December 1992 under NAL/Dutton's Onyx imprint as an original paperback. A German language edition of Blood Lust was published later, in 1995. Both Blood Lust and Driven to Kill were chosen as featured selections of Doubleday's True Crime Book Club.

Driven to Kill, the story of serial child killer Westley Allan Dodd's killing spree, was published in April 1993 by Pinnacle Books and was nominated for an Anthony Award in the Best True Crime Book category at Bouchercon 25.

King has also written articles on several celebrated cases that include: "Son of Sam" David Berkowitz; the Hillside Stranglers; Jim Jones and the Guyana Massacre; D.B. Cooper; Gary Gilmore; John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman; and Seattle's bizarre Chinatown Massacre in the 1980s. He has also contributed to several true crime compilations books with various publishers.

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Driven To Kill 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
EXcellent book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down. Very disturbing as a parent of six.
Dana Herroon More than 1 year ago
Great book. Highly recommended. Very descriptive. Read it in two days
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never written a book review before, but had to do it on this one! The very best book I ever read Mr. King, is so talented! This one was a real page turner I couldn't put it down!..I would just like to say thank you Mr. King you are my very favorite true crime author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ondway More than 1 year ago
Mr. King did an excellent job in his research. Westley Allan Dodd had a history of sexually molesting young boys. As he aged he tired of molestation alone. He began killing. Thanks to a young boy screaming as Dodd kidnapping became Dodd's undoing. Thanks to untiring police work they were able to stop anymore young boys from dying at the hands of the truly sick and demented Dodd. This is a book that will leave you wondering many things in the end. Very well worth the read. I don't want to give much of the story away by posting it here. You have to read it to truly understand how evil W.A. Dodd really was.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
While this book is probably one of the most shocking that I have ever read due to the subject matter, it is also probably one of the most insightful and authoritative true crime tomes I have read. Westley Allan Dodd was a very sick man, but to learn what goes on inside the mind of a pedophile-turned-murderer is fascinating reading, not to mention educational. Written in a style that is difficult to put down, this is must reading for anyone with young children. It is not, however, for those who are of a squeamish nature.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best written books I have ever read! Wesley Alan Dodd was one of the sickest indivduals I have ever hear of. Thank God he was captured and prosecuted. Gread read....
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was looking forward to reading this book but am sorry I spent the money to buy it. In parts it's just plain boring. The story line was convoluted and confusing.