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Bogeyman: He Was Every Parent's Nightmare [Kindle Edition]

Steve Jackson
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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A WildBlue Press original true crime story from the New York Times bestselling author of MONSTER and NO STONE UNTURNED, describing in dramatic detail and with heart-rending poignancy the efforts of tenacious Texas lawmen to solve the cold case murders of three little girls and hold their killer accountable for his horrific crimes.


"Jackson gives a master class on true crime reporting in BOGEYMAN. He writes with both muscle and heart."
--Gregg Olsen, New York Times bestselling author of IF I CAN'T HAVE YOU


"Absorbing and haunting! BOGEYMAN spills creepily across the page with Steve Jackson's hellacious verve and insight, reminding us there are few better explorers of the American berserk."--Ron Franscell, bestselling author of THE DARKEST NIGHT


"Steve Jackson's latest, BOGEYMAN, reveals a living, breathing nightmare that haunted parents, as well as detectives. Be sure to add it to your reading list if you're a fan of true crime books."--Aaron Habel, host of Generation Why Podcast


From the book: "For years he'd stalked elementary schools and playground looking for young girls from low-income neighborhoods to abduct, rape and murder. He thought of them as "throwaway kids"--hardly missed, and soon forgotten, except by those who loved them. He was every parent's worst nightmare. The bogeyman they warned their children about ... the fiend who lurked outside bedroom windows."


Steve Jackson, who wet his feet as a crime writer for newspapers, has been known for some of the best true crime books on the market since his debut MONSTER. Check out more of Steve Jackson's works and those of other WildBlue Press authors. Great Reads From Exceptional Authors!



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About the Author

Best-selling and award-winning author and journalist Steve Jackson lives and works in the mountains of Colorado. Born in Bethesda Naval Hospital in 1955, he grew up in Hawaii and Colorado. He graduated in 1979 from Colorado State University with a BA in Journalism. A newspaper journalist for 25 years, he worked in locales as varied as Montana, Hawaii, Guam, Micronesia, Indonesia, Indiana, Washington D.C., Florida, Oregon and Colorado. During his career with newspapers, he received numerous national and regional awards for feature writing and investigative reporting. As of August 2014, he has written nine non-fiction books in true crime, history and biography genres. His first non-fiction book, Monster, a true crime, was published in October 1998 and within two weeks became a NYTimes bestseller. In 2003, his World War II dramatic narrative, Lucky Lady, received The Colorado Book Award, best biography/history, from the Colorado Center for the Book; Lucky Lady was also the runner-up that year for the Admiral Samuel Morrison Naval History Award. Just released on August 5, 2014 is his latest true crime, BOGEYMAN, the story of the manhunt for one of America's worst child serial killers and the tenacious Texas lawmen who brought him to justice. He's also written eleven crime thrillers in collaboration with former New York City assistant district attorney Robert K. Tanenbaum. In June 2013, Jackson joined a forensic investigative team searching for the remains of the Grand Duke Mikhail Romanov in Perm, Russia as part of his research for an upcoming dramatic history FINDING ANASTASIA. The team will be returning to Russia in June 2014 to resume the search. Outside of writing, his interests include backpacking, fly fishing, skiing, guitar, reading, softball, music, wine, beer and spending time with his family and friends.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 744 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0990557308
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WildBlue Press (4 Aug. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MG4L9YO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,667 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is a very well presented look and feel.the story starts out almost innocently like in a childs eyes but soon this monster turns up to tear them away.Detective Gary Sweet comes into the picture as a fresh faced detective and turns his attention to a case that never left his mind.This is a beautiful book and left me feeling a bit sad but i felt better knowing they got the right monster
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me hug my children a bit tighter! 12 Oct. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this book via StoryCartel to give an honest review.

The title called out to me. I wanted to get my hands on this book to see what this book was about I didn't even read the blurb when I selected this book. Then I went to Goodreads to add it to my books I am reading, and I read the blurb. This is a story that takes place in the 80's and you can tell that the officers have their work cut out for them. It is not easy to capture someone so sick and twisted back then as you could almost do it now.
Let me say I no longer want my kiddos outside playing in the yard without me right there.
This story is of the serial killer David Penton who I do not know anything about. This is an account of his crimes by a detective who found the cold case of one of his young victims and never gave up trying to put Penton away. I have to say that this is a detective that every missing, kidnapped, killed person's family would want to try to get answers for them. Penton is a sick and twisted man, and while reading the book yes I could tell he was evil, but it didn't truly hit until the end when I got to the pictures of those little girls. The youngest being three, my heart broke. This author while writing about the crimes didn't go into the detail of what Penton did to his victims but you could grasp what he did and I am very surprised he did not get the death penalty.
You get a feel from the officers that were the first to learn of the crime that happened that it took a toll on them, and their family. And we always think about the victims family and how they are torn apart but we never think of the officers it affects. And this story touches on that along with the victims families, and those that were witnesses.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful and tasteless 30 Mar. 2015
By Aska
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is one of the worst true crime books I've ever read and although I am far from feeling like an expert, I can truly say that the naive, religion-fueled simplistic approach of the narrator keeps incessantly trying to paint the world black-and-white and in my opinion, without any success. Boredom is overwhelming and I lost interest almost immediately. There is no maturity in author's approach, no dwelling and no satisfaction and revelation that those reading these types of books seek. Waste of time unless you are fainthearted or just need a very very easy read. No need think with this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, and Heartbreaking!! 6 Mar. 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
It was well written. It made you feel what was happening, and how the families, and detectives felt! Parts made me angry, then horrified, and I cried a time or two. To even imagine what those poor little girls went through at the hands of this Monster!!! Thank you, to all the dedicated law enforcement who never gave up on finding the Bogeyman and putting him away. Steve thank you for a well written book, and telling this story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coward more than bogey man 14 Mar. 2015
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This man has frightened lots of children for long enough but had his come glance when he met the men that were eventually going to catch him no longer the bogeyman but mote the coward.
Thoughts go out to all those that are left to mourn.
A good read well worth buying .
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Telling of a Tragic Story 12 Mar. 2015
By Angela
Format:Kindle Edition
This book makes you want to hold your children just a little tighter. Steve Jackson did an excellent job honoring those precious babies and the dedicated officers that didn't stop until they found justice. Make sure you keep the Kleenex handy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb read! 15 Dec. 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Superbly written book! It demonstrated the determination of dedicated police officers in catching this monster and bringing him to justice and helping the families of the victims find closure. Gripping throughout!
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