True crime at its very best.
Building on his two previous Murder in … bestsellers, Mark Fuhrman turns his formidable detective skills to the apprehension and arrest of Robert L. Yates, Jr., a serial killer responsible for the deaths of at least 23 women.
Written in the same fast-paced style as Murder in Brentwood and Murder in Greenwich, this is a shocking account of Fuhrman's investigation of the prostitutes' deaths as he worked alongside the Spokane Task Force.
The serial killer preyed on prostitutes with drug problems. He intentionally selected street people, who would not be missed right away, often women who were new to town. The police seemingly put these murders on the back burner because the victims did not stir up public sentiment. Only after the serial killer began to play with the police — planting bodies for attention and escalating the murders — did intense effort go into the case.
Though the understaffed police force did catch the killer, Fuhrman shows that their reliance on computers and on DNA test results from everyone they interviewed was slower than doing old-fashioned gumshoe detective work. With the clues they had, Fuhrman writes, the police could have made the arrest two years earlier — saving the lives of at least nine women.
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About the Author
Retired LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman is the New York Times bestselling author of Murder in Brentwood, Murder in Greenwich, Murder in Spokane, and Death and Justice. He lives in Idaho.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Throughout the 1990s, Robert Lee Yates, Jr. killed at least 18 women, most of them drug-addicted prostitutes from Spokane, Washington. Yates, married and the father of five children, was an 18-year army helicopter pilot. At the time of his arrest in 2000, he was 47 years old and employed as a temporary worker at Kaiser Aluminum in Spokane. The author, Mark Fuhrman, a retired Los Angeles police detective, connects the leads which the Spokane police did not follow. Employing a useful literary device, Fuhrman quotes himself as the guest of Mike Fitzsimmons on the 'All about Crime with Mark Fuhrman' show on KXLY News Radio 920. Fitzsimmons and Fuhrman use the talk-radio show to keep the murders in the news, and to prod and goad officials into action. But Spokane didn't seem to care. ('Who cares?' the young woman said. 'He's just killing prostitutes' [p. 13]). Fuhrman demonstrates how the detective attempts to understand the mind of the killer. Victim descriptions are chilling. 'Darla Sue Scott, age 29. Body found November 5, 1997, partially buried near the Hangman Valley Golf Course. Cause of death: gunshot wound to head. White plastic bag over head' (p. 45). Despite Yates' 408-year prison sentence, Fuhrman shows why it is important to understand Yates' motives. A very readable gumshoe crime buster. Recommended.
I am from the Seattle-Tacoma area and have followed most of the serial killer stories. This book took a gripping story and put it in the hands of a terrible writer. Fuhrman's ego abounds, but insight does not. He repeats himself over and over, which is insulting to the reader. A lot of words - it wore me out. This story would have been better told by someone less enthralled with himself.