Son: A Psychopath and His Victims

Son: A Psychopath and His Victims

by Jack Olsen


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Son: A Psychopath and His Victims by Jack Olsen

A classic from “the dean of true crime” (The Washington Post)—now with a new foreword—this 1983 masterpiece tells the incredible story of a Spokane, Washington serial rapist who was exposed as the handsome, privileged son of one of the city’s most elite families.

For more than two years, a rapist prowled the night streets of the homey, All-American city of Spokane, Washington, terrorizing women, sparking a run on gun stores, and finally causing one newspaper to offer a reward—the calls taken by the distinguished managing editor himself, Gordon Coe. In March 1981, luck and inspired police work at last produced an arrest, and Spokane shuddered. The suspect was clean cut and conservative…and Gordon Coe’s son.

For eighteen months, Jack Olsen researched the cases of Fred and Ruth Coe to try to learn not only what happened within that family, but how and why. He interviewed more than 150 people and built up a portrait not only of that extraordinary family, but of the mind of a psychopath. And searching the memories of the women in Fred Coe’s life, he unearthed a most horrifying question: What is it like to love and live with a man for years—and then discover he is a psychopathic criminal?

In this “gruesomely spellbinding” (Glamour) examination of the mind of a psychopath and of the women—and men—who were his victims, Olsen delivers “a harrowing portrait…It has become fashionable with books about vicious crimes to compare them to Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. Finally there is a book that deserves the comparison” (Richmond Times-Dispatch).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501119040
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 540,860
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Born June 7, 1925, Jack Olsen was the award-winning author of thirty-three books published in fifteen countries and eleven languages, including Son: A Psychopath and His Victims. A former Time bureau chief, Olsen wrote for Vanity Fair, People, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, and The New York Times Book Review, among others.

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Son: A Psychopath and His Victims 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fascinating story of the secret dark side of a psychopath. Grippingly written. Would highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. Couldn't put it down. Amazing detail.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting insight into an evil life. The perp bored the heck out of me during his testimony due to no fault of the author. I can't spot the charm, have no idea how he fooled so many. Compelling account should be read by all women.
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