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The Making of a Serial Killer: The Real Story of the Gainesville Student Murders in the Killer's Own Words (True Crime Series) [Paperback]

Danny Rolling , Sondra London , Colin Wilson
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Paperback: 201 pages
  • Publisher: Feral House,U.S.; Special Limited ed edition (12 Dec 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0922915407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0922915408
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 21.3 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,342,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The man convicted of the vicious murders of five college students in Gainesville, Florida, discusses his motivations and actions in commiting the crimes, reflects on what made him into a killer, and his struggle to come to terms with what he did. Original. IP.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected, but still a rough draft. 24 July 1998
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I expected this to be the story of a serial killer in the eyes of a serial killer. Instead, the author (and purported lover of serial killer Danny Rolling) constructs a story from Rolling and those people who came in contact with him. London did expose some of Rolling's character flaws (pretending to be a master of karate, his adolescent personality, etc.). Still, I felt rather dirty buying this book because it was written by someone who loves and is capitalizing on the actions of a loser who killed 5 young, innocent people for little more than the thrills it gave him.
The quality of the writing is not good, and the draft looks more like a preliminary copy. Sloppy writing at best, particularly in an age of word processors with spell checkers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book!!! 15 Jun 1999
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This is the best true crime book I've ever read.Not the least bit sugar coated,very factual.I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes true crime.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Possibly vilest book I've read?? 13 Nov 2008
This has to rate as one of the vilest books I have ever read. As a seasoned reader of true crime I am interested in the psychology of serial murder. However, this book has totally floored me. Its gratuitous violence perpetrated by the killer himself, Rollings, makes this one of the most despicable publications on the subject. There was no reason to use detailed profanities to describe the murders since this doesn't advance or add to our knowledge about serial killings. Rollings showed no respect or remorse for his victims, always wanting to point the finger at his cruel father. He constantly distances himself from the crimes by referring to them as "what happened" rather than "what I did" which set off alarm bells to me right from the get-go. One has to wonder at the psyshcological profile of his lover/co-author Sondra London who gave Rollings free rein to re-live and reminisce his heinous acts of rape and murder and allowed him to defend himself against claims that he sodomised victims and was gay. Rollings seems far angrier at these latter two accusations than the fact that he murdered four human beings. To add insult to injury Colin Wilson introduces this book and he is someone I previously admired in this field of writing. I feel so strongly about this book I don't know where to take my anger! My only hope is that this review prevents someone like me from reading this travesty. Far better to look at The Street Cleaner by Nicole Ward Jouve if you want true insights into a serial killer's psyche and early genesis. She at least honours the victims (without dismissing Sutcliffe as a human) which is more than can be said for both Rollings and London. This kind of book which 'celebritizes' killers should never be published and should carry a warning.
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