There But for the Grace of God: Survivors of the 20th Century's Infamous Serial Killers

There But for the Grace of God Survivors of the th Century s Infamous Serial Killers They stared into the faces of pure evil and survived Ted Bundy Jeffrey Dahmer David Son of Sam Berkowitz Dennis Rader the BTK Killer These are some of the names that strike terror into even the bra

  • Title: There But for the Grace of God: Survivors of the 20th Century's Infamous Serial Killers
  • Author: Fred Rosen
  • ISBN: 9780060890124
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Paperback
  • They stared into the faces of pure evil and survived Ted Bundy Jeffrey Dahmer .David Son of Sam Berkowitz Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer .These are some of the names that strike terror into even the bravest of hearts Human monsters, they preyed upon the unsuspecting, freely feeding their terrible hungers Their crimes were unspeakable, as they maThey stared into the faces of pure evil and survived Ted Bundy Jeffrey Dahmer .David Son of Sam Berkowitz Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer .These are some of the names that strike terror into even the bravest of hearts Human monsters, they preyed upon the unsuspecting, freely feeding their terrible hungers Their crimes were unspeakable, as they maimed, tortured, killed, and killed again, leaving so many dead in their bloody wake But somehow, astonishingly, seven would be victims fell into the clutches of the century s worst serial killers and escaped death through courage, divine providence, or just plain luck.This is the remarkable true story of those who lived.

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    1. This is some of the worst writing I've ever seen. The subtitle says the book is about the survivors of the 20th centruy's serial killers. It's not. It's 90% about the killers themsevles, and about the victims that didn't survive. And maybe 10% about the survivors. Plus, it's just terrible writing. I can't remember being so relieved to be done with a book. It will be going to McKay's, but I will be suprised if they offer me even a penny for it.

    2. The entertainment for me in this book was to marvel at the incredibly poor writing. I had no idea something like this could even get published. I kept asking myself, "Where was the editor?"

    3. The prose is terrible. Worse, the author comes across as high-handed and judgmental, making needlessly-disparaging remarks about law enforcement, perpetrators, and victims alike. Only my high interest in true crime kept me turning pages. (Thanks again to my friend Julie for passing this along to me! Despite the negative review, I am thankful.)

    4. Usually I can find something redeeming in a book but not here. It's not really about the survivors and when it is, there is no sympathy/empathy for them. Mostly they're a vehicle for mocking the police and FBI which I think is the only reason this book was written. The writing is also atrocious.

    5. I almost never give one stars. I try to find something good in a book but no, this one deserves it. I've read others by Mr. Rosen and they were nearly equally bad. Honestly, I think he's in the true crime genre merely to bash the police and FBI because everything I've read by him reads that way.This could have been either very good, giving the survivors of serial killers a voice, to take the focus off the monsters that hurt them (which if you think about it is rather lurid and some of the more r [...]

    6. Although I liked the book, it wasn't as good as I hoped. From the named victims two were only spoken about, not with. I really would have liked to read what the surviving victim of Speck, Corazon, would have to say. But it seemed she didn't wish to be found, which is understandable. Of all the cases in the book, the Dahmer case appealed the least to me. That story somehow never got to me and again didn't this time. The book did give me info I didn't know before, that scored points with me. I pro [...]

    7. This book got crappy reviews on , but I saw it at the library and picked it up. I don't have high hopes, but I'm a sucker for serial killers.**LATER**I read the first chapter or two of this book and had to put it down. The writing is too awful. Seriously. It's un-readable. Find yourself another serial killer book STAT.

    8. I'm a big fan of psycho killers but wasn't a big fan of the writing. Could have been so much better. Great idea, wasn't executed well.

    9. This book fell a mile short of its potential, but it was still fairly interesting to me, a true-crime aficionado. There was actually very little about the feelings and lives of the people who encountered these famous serial killers and "lived to tell." The author chose instead to approach each story with the details of his own travels to the location where he met the survivor, an account of the very mundane discussion between himself and the survivor, and then a summary of the serial killer's in [...]

    10. Author used a lot of the same turns of phrase over and over again, to a point where it got annoying. But it was a rare glimpse into survivor stories, which kept me reading.

    11. This book gives a look into the minds of 7 of the most infamous serial killers. It also gave some insight into what had happened to some of the survivors of these serial killers. All of them not meant to be alive. It detailed their experiences, the cases that made national headlines and the story of the lucky few survivors of these heinous acts. It would give an explanation of the minds of the serial killers, before and after. It also showed the lives of the survivors and their experiences befo [...]

    12. This book was terribly written, many of the sections are incoherent and impossible to follow, the plot wanders aimlessly, the facts of crimes are horribly misrepresented (Ted Bundy's last victim, 12 year old Kimberly Leach, was abducted and killed in and around Jacksonville, Florida and not in Utah as the book states in an attempt to force fact to conform with the author's theory), and the survivors, which the the author and jacket claim are the topic of the book, are barely even included. It's [...]

    13. Such an interesting and terrifying glimpse into the worst yet luckiest nights of these survivors' lives. I have a thing for horror, or even better, true horror so I loved the recounts of these events. HOWEVER, the grammar/writing was so distracting because there were too many errors. And what made it worse was that the errors were typically the victims' names or names of locations. The author would report a victim's name and then spell it differently the next time it was used, or do the same for [...]

    14. What a let down of a book. Research is lacking as well as the voice of the surviving victims or the dead victims. Seven chapters of rehashing some of the killings of serial killers with a sprinkle of the survivors stories. Some stories are a very dry read and lack depth of the situation. One story, Jeffrey Dahmer, is over the top detail about the ones he killed. Again, is this book not suppose to be about the ones who survived. Chapters are short and is a quick read but not worth the read. There [...]

    15. I only gave this book a 3 out of 5 stars becuase of how little atention is actually devoted to the individual survivors. Although Mr. Rosen does provide fairly in-depth narratives of the serial killers' actions, relatively little is divulged about those who survived their infamous attackers. The dearth of information may be due in great part to the survivors' understandable quest for privacy and freedom from these events. At any rate, it still is an interesting read.

    16. Disappointing in that it doesn't really provide any new information about the serial killers or their crimes, and doesn't even greatly explore the whole "hand/grace of God" aspect of the survivors' stories the author doesn't even speak with one of the survivors whose story he uses! Completely skippable.

    17. I had really high hopes for this book despite the lack of satisfied reviews. The concept sounded well enough, but the actual book is too deep into description about things that didn't need describing. It was poorly written and in the end, the reviews are justified.

    18. I have always been fascinated with the various aspects surrounding notorious criminals, especially serial killers. When you read on the topic, you rarely have a major focus being on the victim. This book was interesting and easy to read.

    19. I enjoyed the author's writing style, but the book was a lot more of a vague overview than I was expecting. I don't feel like he actually taught me anything by recounting his interviews with the survivors.

    20. This was a quick read that I got a book sale. It wasn't particularly well written. At times, the grammar and phrasing felt forced. It's like an accident and you just have to look; I had to read, and finish, the book. Enough said.

    21. This one gave short detailed descriptions of the most famous serial killers of our time. A very informative look at how serial killers think.

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