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The Man Who Killed Boys Mass Market Paperback – 31 Oct 2003


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press; Reprint edition (31 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312952287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312952280
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.8 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,821,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The John Gacy murder case is filled with facts and accusations so fiendish and bizarre that they might have shocked Edgar Allan Poe...A sensational crime story that evokes both curiosity and revulsion."--"Chicago Tribune"

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My book is the most informative on the subject
Many books have been written about Mr.Gacy, but I feel, and so do many others that mine is the most informative literature on the subject. This book is highly recommended!!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 8 July 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book took a while to get into, and consentrated a bit too much on his background and childhood, and everything he was doing prior to his first killing. It didn`t really have any great detail of the killing, and how he killed. The end of the book seems to just stop, there was nothing of his trial and sentancing. Worth a read, could hav done with been twice as long and having alot more info.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wolfers TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
A great book that goes into Gacys background and through the murders as they occured.Gacy was an evil sadistic murderer and this book has sourced info from people who knew him.The author gives it that edge when describing streets and places that Gacy trawled as the author lived not far from this area.Some insightful black and white photos are also included.The one with Gacy in his clown get up i found chilling.If you have seen the movie about Gacy To Catch A Killer starring Brian Dennehey you will know what i mean.A great read into this deeply disturbed evil monster.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Excellent informative book. *** TAKE NOTE....... This book was written shortly after his arrest and before the trial of gacey took place, this is why it does not go into the details of his trial or punishment. I hope that answers some questions raised in a earlier rating from a fellow reader.
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Amazon.com: 9 reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Marginal at Best... Gives the Reader a History Lesson... 4 Jun 2004
By Keith Kimmel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book really was rather disappointing. After reading the back cover and Introduction, the reader is told to expect detailed insight into the details of this near north side Chicago house of horrors and the man who owned it.
While The Man Who Killed Boys offers to the reader a reasonably accurate chronicle of the events that were Gacy's twisted reality, it fails to dig deep below the surface to explore what made him tick. Moreover, it fails to probe Gacy's past as it glosses over his childhood years and spends the majority of the pages reciting murder after murder scene.
The back cover tells us that The Man Who Killed Boys recreates the drama of Gacy's trial... the book spends less precious few pages talking about the actual trial, while it consumes many a page discussing Gacy's jail conditions and other items related to his confinement.
If you want to read a story, this is probably an acceptable choice. But if you're seeking an explanation for or insight into what powers a monster like Gacy, keep moving as you wont find it here.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Only touches the surface. 8 Mar 2000
By Richard Harrold - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Linedecker's description of the events as they were portrayed in the media is accurate and complete. Trouble is, it appears he simply went to all the old newspaper articles to cull the information he needed. He also managed to go through police reports. But this books is scant on first person interviews. All the quotes in the book appear to have been taken from newspapers. The book follows an easy narrative, one that is logical and continues to move forward. I agree with another reviewer's comment that the narrative at times is homophobic. But that's not surprising from a book originally published in 1980. While this book is lacking in content, it should not be ignored by those who are interested in Gacy. It at least provides a perspective of how the horrific events of the murders were revealed, as well as the typical nonchalance police exhibit when confronted with missing teen reports.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
the man who killed boys 7 Dec 2007
By jon esparza - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The man who killed boys should be called the man who loved sex with dead boys, because that is ultimately what Gacy was doing with the boys he killed. This book while it does NOT go into much detail concerning Gacy's childhood, is still a very good read. I found the interviews with Gacy's neighbors to be very interesting and they revealed some previously unknown details about the man (or monster?). I sincerely believe that Gacy's bizarre obsession with bodies has its roots way back in the 1950s and quite possibly includes the Peterson-Schuesler murder from that period. I had the opportunity to correspond (verbally and literally) with one of Gacy's childhood friends from that period recently and what he revealed about Gacy's childhood was downright shocking. Hopefully one day the complete TRUTH will come out concerning this man...or monster...
15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
one of the worst of the genre 28 Dec 1999
By Johnny Roulette - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having read between 60-100 true crime books, including three onGacy, I feel qualified to critque this. The book simply skims thesurface in a shameful tabloid manner. The two other Gacy books, Buried Dreams & Killer Clown, were far superior in quality and mass. Gacy was a despicable human being, but even he deserved a better biography than this. This book doesn't offer much more than a few good photos. If it's information you are seeking, then I recommend Buried Dreams by Tim Cahill w/ Russ Ewing. Gacy wasn't a very interesting man to begin with, you could see through him like cellophane. He was sadistic, childish, and ignorant. I corresponded with him for a while and I would not only suggest skipping this book, but I would also recommend finding a better subject to read about. Try Randy Kraft, Jeffrey Dahmer, Dennis Nilsen or Gary Gilmore. Now Ian Brady, there's a sick mind worth exploring!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not that bad 25 Jun 2003
By jim warner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
While not as good as Buried Dreams or Killer Clown,which go into much greater detail about the entire story,this book had some details that I had not known when I read the other books many years ago. A lot of info on gacys neighbors,friends and mostly,some of his victims stories that were not as well publicized as the other unfortunate kids.
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