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Vampire: The Richard Chase Murders by [Sullivan, Kevin]
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About the Author

My journey with the written word began very early in life. The first book I read (from cover to cover, mind you) was Charles Franklin’s, The World’s Worst Murderers, published in 1965. Being only ten, it wasn’t the kind of book that should have interested me, but it did. And despite having to stop occasionally to ask my mother the meaning of a particular word or two, within two weeks, I closed the book with a distinct sense of regret. A little later, my interests broadened, from true crime to history – especially that part of history pertaining to armed conflict- but I never lost sight of true crime, and I found myself returning to it over and over again. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that one day I’d be writing books about these very interesting and egregious life events. All that would come later. After spending many years in the ministry, I published my first book at the age of 40, Shattering the Myth: Signposts on Custer’s Road to Disaster, a personality study of George Armstrong Custer. But it was my next book that would place me on a firm foundation in the genre of true crime, when in 2009, my book, The Bundy Murders: A Comprehensive History was published by McFarland & Company. In turn, this led to numerous radio programs and contacts from documentarians, and portions of this work also appear in the college textbook, Abnormal Psychology: Clinical Perspectives on Psychological Disorders, published by McGraw-Hill in November 2012. I’ve also spent time in the trenches of the investigative journalist, unearthing long-ago forgotten – but very important - homicide cases, some of which were published in Snitch, a weekly print newspaper where I was a contributing writer. Some of you may remember the online site In Cold Blog, and my work has appeared there as well. In all, I’m the author of nine books. And now, writing for WildBlue Press, I’ve got a number of tomes lined up that I know you’re going to enjoy. My first one out the door will be a reissuing of my book, Vampire: The Richard Chase Murders, with Kentucky Bloodbath, a collection of bizarre homicides, soon to follow. And coming in 2015, you won’t want to miss my next biography, as it’s a tantalizing tale of long range murder, tentatively titled, The Sniper.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5791 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1942266111
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WildBlue Press (2 Dec. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00PMZ4BAI
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #318,795 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I knew very little about this case before reading the book. I read a lot of true crime but some cases make me sick and this one I knew enough about to make me think I didn't want the depth of a book to tell me more. However, I am very glad to have read it. Mr. Sullivan has done an excellent job with a very sensitive subject matter. Some reviews have called the book graphic, or, specifically, the writing graphic, but that's not exactly the situation and especially why I appreciated the author's tact. Yes, the data is graphic but 1) there are no crime scene photos and 2) the graphic details are simply listed information taken directly from police or court documents. The author hasn't taken any creative license in that area. Sullivan has done an exceptional job of providing direct quotes from various sources and weaving them together with his own sparse narrative that concentrates heavily on the victims, both dead and living. Sullivan also makes his main discussion throughout the text to be the difference between mental insanity and legal insanity. There is never any question that Richard Chase was mentally insane, but the question his trial brought to the surface was that a person can be insane and legally culpable at the same time. An absolutely horrendous case for everyone involved: first and foremost the victims and their families, but also those involved in the investigation, Chase's own family and even Chase himself, that he wasn't locked up in a psychiatric ward, when they first had him and he, himself, knew he was sick, years before he killed anyone. The book is short but thorough; anything longer than this would have been sensationalism. Great read!
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"The Richard Chase Murders by veteran true crime writer and historian Kevin Sullivan is fraught with emotion and detail. I always admire an author who dedicates their project to the victims, and tells about who they were and not just the crime against them. This is a well-written book that was researched in person and facts gleaned from key players during and after the Chase murders. A must have book for all true crime enthusiasts or collectors."
-- RJ Parker, award-winning true crime author and publishing company owner
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Mentally deranged, sadistic, a bloodsucker and a cannibal, this diabolical killer held the city of Sacramento in fear during his spree in the late 70's. Fortunately, his reign of terror was relatively short lived. Unfortunately, the savage cruelty he showed his innocent victims is something I don't imagine anyone from that area will ever forget.

I think the author did a fantastic job of pulling this story together. Although only 109 pages, you finish the book feeling you know everything you need to know about the tragedy. Its very concise and not a word is wasted. There's lots of background information about him and his family dynamic that may or may not have impacted his mental condition, excerpts from arresting officers, exact wording from the actual case files, and even more. Every true crime fan's dream read.

I'm most impressed and absolutely will be reading more by this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well researched and written. Highly recommended for true crime readers 2 Dec. 2014
By RJ Parker, Ph.D - Published on Amazon.com
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"The Richard Chase Murders by veteran true crime writer and historian Kevin Sullivan is fraught with emotion and detail. I always admire an author who dedicates their project to the victims, and tells about who they were and not just the crime against them. This is a well-written book that was researched in person and facts gleaned from key players during and after the Chase murders. A must have book for all true crime enthusiasts or collectors."
-- RJ Parker, award-winning true crime author and publisher
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am very glad to have read it 18 July 2015
By Nicola Mansfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I knew very little about this case before reading the book. I read a lot of true crime but some cases make me sick and this one I knew enough about to make me think I didn't want the depth of a book to tell me more. However, I am very glad to have read it. Mr. Sullivan has done an excellent job with a very sensitive subject matter. Some reviews have called the book graphic, or, specifically, the writing graphic, but that's not exactly the situation and especially why I appreciated the author's tact. Yes, the data is graphic but 1) there are no crime scene photos and 2) the graphic details are simply listed information taken directly from police or court documents. The author hasn't taken any creative license in that area. Sullivan has done an exceptional job of providing direct quotes from various sources and weaving them together with his own sparse narrative that concentrates heavily on the victims, both dead and living. Sullivan also makes his main discussion throughout the text to be the difference between mental insanity and legal insanity. There is never any question that Richard Chase was mentally insane, but the question his trial brought to the surface was that a person can be insane and legally culpable at the same time. An absolutely horrendous case for everyone involved: first and foremost the victims and their families, but also those involved in the investigation, Chase's own family and even Chase himself, that he wasn't locked up in a psychiatric ward, when they first had him and he, himself, knew he was sick, years before he killed anyone. The book is short but thorough; anything longer than this would have been sensationalism. Great read!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thirsty for blood 23 Jun. 2015
By larrynf - Published on Amazon.com
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Kevin Sullivan did a great job telling the life of Richard chase. Seemed to be quite and polite but their was a dark side.. Extremely graphic detail what he did the people he killed. His life was a strange, explains how sick he was in the head. Killing animals at first for their blood wasn't enough. He didn't go far from home to kill his prey. Enjoyed this book and I am sure you will too.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely intriguing and descriptive. 7 Sept. 2012
By California Soul - Published on Amazon.com
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As a true crimes enthusiast, I was very excited to read the story behind Richard Case, whom I knew very little about. Kevin M. Sullivan perfectly captures the very monster Mr. Chase truely was. Sullivan paints a very clear and descriptive picture of the gruesome events that took place in 1977 and 1978. Overall, this book was extremely informative and very intriguing. I would recommend this book 100%, to anyone, especially to those who enjoy reading true crime such as I do. Terrific book, terrific price. You can't go wrong!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read immediately if not sooner. 31 May 2015
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This book was so well written that I felt I was following the detectives as they did their work in tracking down this monster. Loaded with clear, though sad gruesome detail, the reader will have a very clear picture in their mind of the timeline, the sociopathy, the psychiatric implications, and the many lives destroyed by the perpetrators actions.
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