Christopher Berry-Dee is back. In Talking With Serial Killers: World’s Most Evil, the bestselling author delves deeper still into the gloomy underworld of killers and their crimes. He examines, with shocking detail and clarity, the lies and lies of people who have killed, and shines a light on the motives behind their horrific crimes.
Through interviews with the killers, the police and key members of the prosecution, alongside careful analysis of the cases themselves, the reader is given unprecedented insight into the most diabolical minds that humanity has to offer.
Extending its sweep from lonesome outsiders to upstanding members of the community, Talking With Serial Killers: World’s Most Evil shows that the world’s most monstrous killers may be far closer than you think…
Kicking off the start of the true crime section this week with the book Talking with Serial Killers by Christopher Berry-Dee and my god, this one was a tough one to get through I must admit.
This book says it focuses on five serial murders that have shocked the world over the last few decades starting with John Wayne Gacy before moving onto Kenneth Bianchi, William Heirens, John Cannan and lastly Patricia Wright.
Berry-Dee has interviewed all five of these convicted murders and presents the cases from the evidence from those interviews as well as evidence from the case files. He even delves into the childhood trauma suffered by Gacy and Bianchi and argues the nature / nurture debate but never sways to either side of the line and instead lets the reader make up their own mind on whether environmental factors played a part on how these criminals turned out or if they were just born plan evil.
Berry-Dee also provides us with two case files where not everything seems to be black and white and he sort of allows the reader to make up their own minds on whether the convicted criminals are guilty or if it is a case of mistaken identity. These cases are William Heriens and Patricia Wright. I personally question the conviction of Heriens, but believe Wright is guilty of murdering her ex husband from the case evidence that is provided within the book.
I will admit though that in some places I found this an incredibly difficult read, especially during a chapter discussing the hillside strangler (Bianchi). I actually ended up having to put the book down for a good 24 hours as it all became a bit too much and left me feeling nauseous and quite frankly a little distraught, I even debated if I should continue reading on but decided just to skip that section and move onto the next.
I would probably give this book three stars out of five. I wavered a bit between three and four stars, but I think three is the right amount from my personal point of view due to the fact that there are other books available if you wanted further knowledge into the criminology and forensic psychology side of the crimes. However if you are not easily shocked and are just looking for something quick to read that briefly covers the cases then this would probably be a good book for you.