The Kill Jar: Obsession, Descent, and a Hunt for Detroit's Most Notorious Serial Killer

The Kill Jar: Obsession, Descent, and a Hunt for Detroit's Most Notorious Serial Killer

by J. Reuben Appelman


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ISBN-13: 9781507204023
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 08/14/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 81,025
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

J. Reuben Appelman is a screenwriter, author in multiple genres, and two-time State of Idaho Literature Fellow, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. His film industry work includes the feature documentaries, Playground and Jens Pulver | Driven, as well as several produced screenplays. His investigative writing and research, focused on issues of commercial sexual exploitation, child endangerment, and criminality and law enforcement, have earned him an ongoing spot as special lecturer on the issue of Human Trafficking for the Honor’s College at Boise State University. He works as a private investigator.

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The Kill Jar: Obsession, Descent, and a Hunt for Detroit's Most Notorious Serial Killer 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
SL22268 9 months ago
Give this book a chance! Our book club had the privilege of Skyping with the author. While reading the book, it took some turns that I didn't quite understand how it came into play, but after chatting with the author, it made a lot more sense on where he was coming from and his state of mind while writing this book. Even though I have been a MI resident my whole life, I didn't know about the case. The author does a very good job at unveiling truths and information to shed new light on this unsolved mystery. Looking forward to the docuseries and his upcoming podcast!
litpixie 10 months ago
Again, I made it to page 15 before deciding I don't want this in my head. A book that should be about 4 child killings in the 1970s should exclude a grown man's kink with pain. As he begins to describe this feelings about self - harm, after describing the way the four children were killed and found it began to feel a bit like porn. I almost feel as if I need brain bleach.
besu More than 1 year ago
This is a true crime story about four children who were abducted and murdered in Detroit in the 70’s. This book is meticulously written and the author has certainly done his research. Although a chilling story, I enjoyed reading about the evidence and suspects and was disappointed that this case still hasn’t been resolved. Than being said, it took me a long time before I became used to the writers style. Because the writer mixes in a lot of imagery and metaphoric inuendos, it was confusing at first and I found the writing to be a bit obtuse. I found the case fascinating but was distracted by the intermittent addition of the authors tragic life story a little distracting. Self-described as a trip down the rabbit hole, I did feel like the author was in a slow spiral to a very dark place reminiscent of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. This is a memoir and a deep look into the murders and possible suspects but I feel like the author was writing two separate books and they shouldn’t have been combined. I enjoyed reading about the criminal investigation but reading about the authors childhood home-life, his almost abduction, his failed marriage, his unfortunate friendships, etc., was very depressing and should have been edited out in my opinion. I received a complementary ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own.