"This upsetting account of a Los Angeles serial killer, written with passion by Christine Pelisek, an investigative crime reporter who spent 10 years working the case, blurts out a hard truth that no one wants to acknowledge . . . [She] tries to restore dignity to some of the victims by drawing sympathetic and carefully detailed life histories for each and every one of them." Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
In 2006, Christine Pelisek broke the story of a terrifying serial killer who went unchecked in Los Angeles for decades. Two years later, in her cover article for L.A. Weekly , Pelisek dubbed him "The Grim Sleeper" for his long break between murders. The killer preyed on a community devastated by crime and drugs and left behind a trail of bodiesall women of color, all murdered in a similar fashion, and all discarded in the alleys of Los Angeles.
The case of the Grim Sleeper is unforgettably singular. But it also tells a wider story about homicide investigations in areas beset by poverty, gang violence, and despair; about how a serial killer could continue his grisly work for two decades in part due to society’s lack of concern for his chosen victims; and about the power and tenacity of those women’s families and the detectives who refused to let the case go cold.
No one knows this story better than Pelisek, the reporter who followed it for more than ten years. Based on extensive interviews, reportage, and information never released to the public, The Grim Sleeper captures the long, bumpy road to justice in one of the most startling true crime stories of our generation.
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About the Author
CHRISTINE PELISEK is an award-winning journalist who's a senior writer with People Magazine. She received a Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles for her work on the Grim Sleeper case. She lives in Los Angeles.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Grim Sleeper – The Lost Women of South Central by Christine Pelisek This is a true story of how a serial killer terrorized the streets of Los Angeles for more than two decades. The best way I can describe this story is to say that it was written by a journalist and for the most part it reads like a newspaper article. The story is filled with interesting facts about the Grim Sleeper case and other cases in the Los Angeles area. The author includes interviews with members of the investigation team and members of the victims family. These interviews give the reader an inside look at what it was really like for the investigation team and the family. The interviews also help the reader become more involved with the story. Even with the countless accounts of women whose lives were ended far to early, I never became sad or cried during the story. This isn't that type of story. I did get frustrated by the lack of progress with the criminal investigation. I couldn't believe that this could happen. I can only imagine how difficult it was for the people who lived through the ordeal.