The Man in the Monster: Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer

The Man in the Monster: Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer

by Martha Elliott


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ISBN-13: 9780143109471
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/02/2016
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 811,207
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Martha Elliott has been a journalist for almost forty years. She was mentored in graduate school by veteran journalist Fred W. Friendly and became his colleague, producing award-winning television programs and writing three books and numerous articles and speeches. She has run a newspaper and has taught at Columbia University and at the secondary school level. The recipient of many awards, her most recent is Vassar’s Time Out Grant for 2014–15 to write a novel. She has three children and three grandchildren and lives in Maine.

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It was almost noon when Michael Bruce Ross, con­victed serial killer, walked into the crowded court­room—all 240 pounds of him, the man who had brutally raped and strangled eight young women. He no longer resembled the lanky, bespectacled, ner­vous-looking young man who had originally gone to trial more than a decade before; sedentary prison life, prison food, and hormone treat­ments changed all that. His six-foot frame carried the weight that he jokingly claimed to have gained so that he wouldn’t fit into the electric chair, Connecticut’s method of ex­ecution at the time of his first trial. Oversized, prison-issued glasses, a doughy face, and crew cut gave him a geeky look. He wore the Northern Correctional Institution uniform and white laceless slip-on sneakers. He was restrained by handcuffs and ankle shackles. As the guards re­moved the handcuffs at the judge’s orders, visible indentations were left by the black box that holds the two shackles together during transport to ensure that there is no escape. The box is standard operating procedure for all death row inmates going to court. They say it hurts like hell.

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