Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Out Of The Mouths Of Serial Killers by Mary Brett + #Giveaway

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Book Details:

Book TitleOut of the Mouths of Serial Killers by Mary Brett
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18 +),  350 pages
GenreTrue Crime
PublisherWildblue Press
Release date:   Jan 19, 2020
Format available:  print, ebook, and audible

Book Description:
OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF SERIAL KILLERS​ by author Mary Brett is as close as you will ever come to discovering the answer ... and in the killer’s own words! In this one-of-a-kind book, author Mary Brett corresponded with some of America’s most evil convicted serial killers and asked just one question: ​WHY? Their return letters give an insightful look into the dark mind of each killer. The reader also will be able to scrutinize direct quotes, unedited, from ​interrogation statements, trial testimony, media interviews, and parole hearing inquests 75 Serial Killers are included in the book, some only known to the unfortunate victims’ family, friends, and community, while others are the most infamous in the annals of serial killers. All bios feature the crime, the capture, the victims, and background facts. Crime scene photos, some graphic, are featured.

Buy the Book:

I haven't read a true crime book in ages - I  think Truman Capote's In Cold Blood would be the last - but I was intrigued to give Out Of The Mouths Of Serial Killers a try because of the prospect of reading letters sent from the killers themselves to author, Mary Brett, in response to her question, 'Why?' I'm interested in that kind of psychology. Brett examines the lives and criminal activities of over seventy American serial killers giving concise details of their childhoods, killing sprees and possible motivations. I was glad that the goryness factor was not overdone and this book reminded me of the 'World's Greatest' series of books that I adored studying as a teenager. Out Of The Mouths Of Serial Killers has lots of information which I think would be ideal for readers seeking an insightful overview of this niche subject.

I was disappointed however that the main reason I chose the book - those letters - turned out to be a bit of a damp squib. Lots of the cases ended in the killers being themselves put to death years ago so Brett had no opportunity to address them. Responses we could read were mostly either claiming innocence or refusing to cooperate with this project. Brett does instead include plenty of brief quotes from contemporary accounts and press reports which are interesting to read, but tricky to judge in isolation. However I appreciated the dispassionate and measured tone throughout Out Of The Mouths Of Serial Killers. Other than a closing essay which is fervently pro-death penalty, Brett doesn't glamorise violent acts. I don't feel I have a greater understanding of what individually drove those women and men to kill, but it was fascinating to try and establish causal patterns and behaviours.

Meet the Author:
I have just finished my 4th book, OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF SERIAL KILLERS. I wrote to convicted serial killers asking just one question: Why? Their letters back to me formed the basis of what I hope is a fascinating read as well as a chilling look into the mindset of 75 psychopathic killers who walked among us. WildBlue Press is the Publisher and I thank them and their amazing staff for producing my book in both paperback and Kindle format. In presales, my book hit #1 on Kindle in VIOLENCE IN SOCIETY. I am a Virginia native, living in Florida. I hold a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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