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Killers on the Loose: Unsolved Cases of Serial Murder (True crime) Mass Market Paperback – 10 Jan 2002


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: True Crime; 2nd Revised edition edition (10 Jan. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753506815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753506813
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 10.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,666,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Antonio Mendoza is a respected authority on true crime and runs a popular website www.mayhem.net. He has written for the LA Times among other newspapers and magazines.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 July 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A incredibly well researched book about open serial killer cases worldwide. Spanning from Argentina to Dublin to Portugal and Spokane, Killers on the Loose is a fascinating first-hand account of these baffling investigations. The author seems to have taken great care in compiling as many facts as possible surrounding each investigation.
Mr. Mendoza never doubts the intelligence of his readers as he lays out the evidence for each case and lets us draw our own conclusions. It's fascinating how in some cases, local authorities still refuse to acknowledge the existence of a killer. In these cases, it's interesting how the author navigates the denials of investigators and is able to patch together a compeling snapshot of the situation.
I found refreshing how Mr. Mendoza chose to treat the victims -- who are mostly drug-adicted prostitutes -- with respect and humanity. Unlike other crime books, he does not blame them for their lifestyle choice and their untimely deaths.
In short, Killers on the Loose is a must for any true crime aficionado. I read it in two days, and I'm still trembling. I also visited the site of the author where I read the updates on several of the cases including the arrest of a suspected serial killer in Spokane.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Sutherland on 26 April 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Fantastic book that informs the reader about unsolved killings around the world, that are rarely reported in the UK. ie Argentina's Highway Maniac. Constantly being updated as new developments come to light in some of the featured cases (eg Spokane, Vancouver etc etc). Well worth every penny.
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There is little in this book of comfort to the public. This is a catalogue of suspected or known serial killings across the world and suggests that such cases are reaching epidemic proportions, particularly in the US and South Africa; it certainly indicates that stranger murders are steadily increasing around the globe. The only "consolation" to the majority is that it mainly involves drug-addicted prostitutes - of course, this makes it no less frightening and horrifying. A compelling, though unpleasant read, it will likely shock the reader by the sheer volume of cases past and present, many still unsolved and being added to daily. Many of the cases are little known about outside their home country - some of which remain in a state of denial. Quite a few of these cases make 'Jack the Ripper' seem fairly tame in comparison.
Not recommended for night-time reading by women and children - or at all, really!

NB: The copy I have reviewed was published in 2002 and contains 2001 updates. Since its publication, several of the high profile murders featured in the book have been solved. Amazingly, shortly after the book was updated and before it was republished, 'The Green River Killer' was caught; he was convicted in 2003, after admitting all charges. In 2011, 'The Lisbon Ripper' was caught and also proved to be responsible for the murders in the US that the 'Ripper' had long been associated with. Conversely, the 'Bible John' case remains unsolved, despite the books' update implying the contrary - the suspect in question could not be clearly linked; Peter Tobin remains the most likely suspect. There has been progress in a number of other cases, too. Still a very worthwhile read, though, for those interested in true crime.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Don't Waste Your Time 8 May 2004
By A. Vegan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was a decent book but since I just read it now, some of the unsolved murders have now been solved. Killers on the Loose is superficially alluring but ultimately unsatisfying - the paperback equivalent of a salacious American television documentary. The major shortcoming of Mendoza's is that he makes no reference to any other work on the subject. It's not that Mendoza hasn't carried out any research, clearly he has, but he provides no references to substantiate what appears to be a paper-bound version of the case studies on his website. The book abounds with unsourced quotes from various law enforcement officials that might be from newspapers, television news or from interviews, but the sources are never stated (in fact the only reference Mendoza provides in the whole 240 pages is to his own website). So while the cover tells us that "this is the first look at serial killers at large, from one of the world's foremost authorities", this claim appears to be no more than an unsupported assertion on the part of the blurb-writer.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This book is sick and spooky. I loved it. 21 May 2002
By johann glantz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am a big true crime fan. What I like about Mendoza's book are the murderers he chooses to cover -- they're not the same one's you always hear about. His unadorned prose and direct approach storytelling lets the grisley facts speak for themselves. I couldn't put this book down but I'm glad I'm finished with it... it kept me up at night.
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
a must read for anyone interested in serial killers 10 Jun. 2002
By a fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
who knew there were so many serial killers throughout the world. I loved this book. it paints a fascinating picture of different serial killers on the loose and the investigators looking for them. in a couple chapters mendoza chronicles how suspects are finally brought to justice, giving us a first-hand look of how serial killers are caught.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
not worth bothering with 5 July 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Some true crime books just aren't worth it--this is one of those. Look elsewhere is all I can tell you. this one is practically a waste of time. Also: incorrect regarding the Green River Killer. They do have a guy in custody and he is still alive, etc.
I guess the cover is worth a single star. About it. Read Truman Capote's masterpiece IN COLD BLOOD if you want a book to keep you up at night and give you chills.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
great reading for true crime aficionados 10 Nov. 2003
By dahlia griffith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
this is one of the best true crime books i've read in a long time. it's up to the minute information on open cases worldwide is fascinating. who knew there were so many serial killers at large today. it seems that several of the cases in the book were solved by authorities while the author was writing it, which he includes as updates at the end of the respective chapters, giving us a great overview of the investigative process. a definite must read for all true crime aficionados.
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