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on 27 January 2013
Rodney Alcala is known as "The Dating Game Killer" simply because he appeared on a dating show in the US during the period in which he committed the crimes for which he has been convicted. He actually was chosen by the bachelorette as her date (although she didn't go on the date with him as she thought he was a bit weird), but didn't harm anyone involved in the show. That said, he did immeasurable harm to a number of other women and their families, and it is this story that is told in the book. Stella Sands does an excellent job of telling us not only about Alcala, but about the young women and children he attacked, raped and killed. This is one of the things that makes this book stand out for me. Many books on murderers focus solely on the killers life and give us little insight into the victims. Sands has clearly researched each victim in detail and they come to life on the pages, making you realise what a tragic loss each life was and also what an impact their deaths had on their families and friends. Alcala has been on and off death row in California since 1980, but as the book points out, a proper sentence for an earlier crime may have saved the lives of the women and children he murdered. A fascinating read, but a terrible shame that he was allowed to commit the crimes which have made him infamous.
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on 27 September 2016
Very interesting and well written. So sorry for all innocents involved.

I think the police and judicial system let the victims down. They don't come out if this looking good. Americans keep harping on about being the best country in the world, but this and their security leave a hell of a lot to be desired.
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on 4 July 2017
It's difficult to give 5 stars for something as horrendous as this story but it's well written and a very good read .its hard to believe that a human?can sink to such depraved levels
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on 16 May 2017
A very good read if you like true crime stories amazing,obviously very disturbing, those poor victims and their families.
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on 14 July 2016
A bit in the style of Anne Rule with too much repittion
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on 1 February 2016
This was a long drawn out story and I found it very boring to read. Don't bother wasting money.
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on 23 October 2016
really interesting book, a good read
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on 12 July 2013
I really enjoyed this book,it took u to the scene of the crime explaining in detail what had happened to the person murdered, went deep into the story of the serial killer how they caught him and his court case.Really enjoyed it.
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on 29 October 2017
Good quality
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on 3 July 2016
Brilliant
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