Shared Madness Hardcover – 4 Mar 2005
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Couples who kill share a little-understood condition that has been called folie a deux. In this first in-depth study, find out why the likes of Brady and Hindley, Fred and Rose West and many others lay dormant for so long before detonating with extreme sociopathic violence.
About the Author
Christopher Berry-Dee is world-renowned authority on killers. The editor of The New Criminologist and the director of the Criminology Research Centre, he has published, with Robin Odell, Dad, Help Me Please, the story of Derek Bentley and Christopher Craig and Unmasking Mr Kipper, exploring the disappearance of Suzy Lamplugh. More recently he published Talking with Serial Killers and Monster: My True Story, the life of female serial killer Aileen Wuomos.
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In particular, his "in depth" studies of the Bianchi/Buono murders (the Hillside Stranglers) and the Clark/Bundy killings (the Sunset Slayers) are especially inaccurate and fly in the face of other published material and official documents. He suggests that Kenneth Bianchi was far cleverer than his cousin Angelo Buono, and that the latter was completely illiterate. However, it should be noted that the pair together (with Buono notably in the driving seat) successfully murdered ten times before Buono insisted they "quit while they were ahead", and it is probable that these crimes would have remained unsolved since the police had no solid leads to the perpetrators. Incidentally, I find it unlikely that Buono could have carried on a very successful car upholstery business as he did (his clients included many notable Hollywood names such as Frank Sinatra) if he was really as intellectually challenged as the author maintains. Whatever, the cousins then fell out though, and Buono threw Bianchi out of his apartment. Bianchi moved to Bellingham, Washington where he carried out a very clumsy double murder, leaving scattered clues like a trail of breadcrumbs, and was arrested within the day. His play-acting as a multiple personality was thoroughly discredited, and he and Buono were both, quite rightly, convicted. So much for Kenneth Bianchi as the brains of the outfit!
Berry-Dee's "analysis" of the Clark/Bundy murders is even more outrageous. Once again he stands alone in designating the easily-led Carol Bundy as the leader, and insists that the murders were actually carried out by her in collusion with her other gentleman friend, John "Jack" Murray. Apart from the fact that Berry-Dee's opinion, once again, flies in the face of all other sources, in reaching it he relies solely on the word of Douglas Clark himself (and a viewing of a fascinating, but disturbing interview with this man on YouTube will reveal just what an unreliable source he is!) Clark, like the homosexual serial killer Randy Kraft, has flatly refuses to this day to admit to his crimes, despite overwhelming physical and circumstantial evidence of guilt. Anyone interested in a balanced, well-researched and highly readable account of the Clark/Bundy case should refer to "The Sunset Murders" by Louise Farr, available, very reasonably-priced, on Amazon.
I too have found some bizarre and somewhat baffling information about Christopher Berry-Dee online - perhaps the less said about this the better - and I'm genuinely puzzled by the very poor quality of this book compared with others he wrote in collaboration with the rightly-celebrated criminologist Robin Odell. I can only conclude that in those instances Odell carried out the bulk of the research and the writing.
MY conclusion is that this is book is superficial and, in many instances, factually distorted, and my advice to anyone considering purchasing it - don't.
Some couples are describes so briefly, in some cases in two pages - and it seems odd why the focus of Berry-Dee has been so centred around quantity as opposed to quality. This is not really the "true stories of couples who kill", it's Berry-Dee scratching the surface and discussing the term folie-a-deux, in a superficial and fragmented way.
He also has a conclusion with every couple, this conclusion tells us what he thinks about the couple and he says the same abot every one. He says they either are not killing because of Shared Madness, or "they are woven from the same cloth as Myra Hindley and Ian Brady". There is not any variety in his conclusions. Also he talks about Michelle Martin (parter and accomplice of Marc Dutroux) he asks the reader if Michelle Martin is like the naive Maxine Carr or a cold hearted accomplice like Rose West, all I could say to that is didn't he do his research. It was Michelle Martin who allowed two victims to stave to death, and helped his abduct victims in their earlier relationship/partnership.
For anyone wanting a quick read to keep their mind busy I suggest this book but don't spend much money on it, but anyone wanting a good solid researched book and wants to get in the minds of the killers I advise you to not buy it.
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