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Final Truth [Mass Market Paperback]

Donald "Peewee" Gaskins
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Jun 1994
Without remorse, and in graphic detail, serial killer "Pee Wee" Gaskins recounts his life. From his first coastal kill in 1969 to what he calls his more serious murders (killing victims he knew), this is Gaskins' own uncensored account of his disturbing crimes and the reasons for committing them.
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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Pinnacle Books (Mm) (Jun 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786000120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786000128
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,565,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
Donald "Pee Wee" Gaskins, although scrawny and seemingly unthreatening, must be one of the most evil of all America's serial killers. Prior to writing this book, Wilton Earle did not believe in capital punishment or that an individual could be so easily classified as "pure evil". After spending much time interviewing Gaskins on Death Row, writing this "Biography", he now believes in both. This book is told in Gaskins own words, in which he describes in remarkable detail his upbringing, life in prison, and the cold-blooded, sadistic killings that he performed to get rid of the "burning pain in his stomach". I enjoy reading true crime but some of the accounts of these murders are extremely sick and disturbing. Gaskins was a sadist who relished in torturing women and I was forced to put this book down on a number of occasions. I had never before read a book that went into as much detail as this. You cannot help but feel very emotional whilst turning these pages, and not many books have had that effect on me. Without doubt, this is the best true crime book that I have ever read. It must have took real self-restraint for Wilton Earle to remain impartial and silent whilst Donald "Pee Wee" Gaskins conveyed some of the sick and shocking acts portrayed in this book. It is worrying to think that there may be people out there who see things, as Gaskins did, in "black and white", without any "grey" at all. Definitely not for the faint-hearted.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A fantastists tale? 14 Mar 2006
Format:Hardcover
This is an interesting book and gives a reasonally good insight into Gaskins mindset. However I cannot help but think a lot of it is made up fantasy to lend strength to his desire to be infamous. Gaskins himself complains in his book that he must be one of the least known serial killers in the USA and that he deserved to be more famous than he was. Therefore what better way to become infamous than to strive to become known as one of the most evil killers in the USA? Conveniently he cannot remember the majority of the 80 or so 'coastal murders' (unknown victims) he committed, as he states they were of little or no importance in his day to day living and very few of the victims of these murders have ever been found to support his claims. He only describes two or three of his murders in any great detail, although this is a relief as the ones he does describe (most notably his pleasure at the anal and vaginal rape he carries out of a screaming two year old child) are pretty sickening. Other murders he called his 'serious murders' (people he knew) were mostly done to stop him being found out for crimes he had committed i.e. theft or drugs. These murders were carried out without any sadistic overtones, mostly he killed these victims by a shot to the head and did not sexually assault their bodies. This coupled with the fact that he claims he carried out over 100 murders without providing any real proof, does tend to make you question the validity of his claims of killing purely for pleasure. There is however, no denying that Gaskins was a sociopath showing absolutely no remorse for any of his victims. He was abused physically as a child and both sexually and physically as a young adult which did not help him grow into a well rounded person! Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Are killers made or born? 13 Mar 2002
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Format:Hardcover
Having read this book, I came away thinking that whilst Gaskins suffered a horrendous adolescence (if we are to take him at his word - always a dubious business) the seed of sadism was already planted long before this. Witness the scene in which he became sexually aroused by the sight of a cobra killing a rat at a carnival. He was 4 years of age. Now whilst this shouldn't automatically put him into the 'destined to be a serial killer' bracket, it does give the reader a glimpse of the inner workings of Gaskins' mind. The rape of one of his friends' sister was merely the first instalment in what quickly became a life of depravity. Those passages in which he describes the torture and mutilation of abject strangers are quite chilling. The reader is left in no doubt as to the fact that sex quickly became secondary to the infliction of pain. The chapter in which he describes the rape and murder of a 2-year-old child is quite shocking with Gaskins plummeting hitherto unseen depths. Yet perhaps the most disturbing thing of all is the manner in which Gaskins rationalises his actions. Citing something resembling an epiphany, Pee Wee comes to the realisation that only through murder can he rid himself of the 'bothersomeness' which periodically afflicts him. What follows is a litany of killings breathtaking in their number and sickening in their nature. Butchering others in the name of self-preservation also features heavily - numerous people are killed in order to ensure his liberty from the law (Gaskins was involved in numerous criminal activites in addition to murder, ranging from arson to auto theft to gun-running). Gaskins boasts at the end of the book that he had a 'special mind' which gave him dispensation to kill. Whilst the word 'special' obviously jars with the reader, it captures the moral vacuum which surrounds his person. For one comes away from the book feeling that Gaskins hadn't so much as suppressed his conscience as taken full advantage of the utter abscence of one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars wow
If you are a psycological student this is a must read enough said. It is a dark and detailed book not for the faint hearted
Published 10 months ago by MR G S HERRON
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong stomach necessary
I read the Final Truth again recently. This book is shocking and sickening but I think it is informative at least at a basic level. Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2012 by Mrs Doherty
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK
GREAT BOOK, SERIAL KILLER THAT'S ONE WEIRD GUY..GOT WHAT HE DESERVED THO...THE ELECTRIC CHAIR..WISH ID PULLED THE SWITCH.ITS A PITY THERE ARE GUYS OUT THERE LIKE THIS
Published on 7 Dec 2011 by ALBS
5.0 out of 5 stars Most disturbing true crime book I have ever read
I have read true crime books for years now since my interest was first picqued by Flora Rheta Schreiber's book 'The Shoemaker'. Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2009 by M. M. BLADE
5.0 out of 5 stars Horrifc, but a page turner.
Like most of the other reviewers, I heard about this book and sought it out, paying a lot of money to get it, as it is not available in bookshops here. Was it worth it? Read more
Published on 12 Sep 2006 by Glosblue
3.0 out of 5 stars SHOCKING BUT NOT BELEIVABLE
THIS BOOK WAS RECOMMENDED TO ME, AND I WENT TO LOTS OF TROUBLE AND EXPENSE TO GET IT.......NOT WORTH IT, YES IT HAS THE SHOCK VALUE IF THATS ALL YOUR LOOKING FOR, I WAS LOOKING FOR... Read more
Published on 11 April 2006 by D. Ridngs
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Insight
I came across this book by accident when researching monsterous acts for a presentation I was doing at Uni. Read more
Published on 18 May 2004 by Ms. N. R. Carr
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK IS LIFE CHANGING
WOW. THIS BOOK HAS CHANGED THE WAY I LOOK AT LIFE. THIS INDEPTH DESCRIPTION OF AN UNEXPLAINABLE MAN AND HIS LIFE HAS REALLY HIT ME. Read more
Published on 12 Nov 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book - Interesting and compelling until the finish
I finished reading this book within 24 hours. It offers an indepth look at the thoughts and (uncaring) feelings of a REAL serial killer and goes into such detail that, up until... Read more
Published on 12 Aug 2000 by RWilson
5.0 out of 5 stars You will not be able to put this book down
I have never been so sickened and appalled by any book I've read. This book gives the reader a look inside the mind of Pee Wee Gaskins, I feel like I actually knew his secrets. Read more
Published on 26 July 1999
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