How well do you know your neighbors?
From Richard Estep comes The Serial Killer Next Door, a book about the double lives of some of the most heinous serial killers to exist. The reader is able to see how many serial killers were able to blend in with the rest of humanity while also keeping their true nature hidden. They worked jobs such as nurses, gardeners, police officers, paramedics, and were able to use these to hide their murders.
For this book, Estep focused on some of the lesser known serial killers throughout history such as the Bayou Strangler, Ronald Dominique, and Jenene Jones, the woman that inspired Stephen King to write Misery. We see what they did during their daily lives, even before they became serial killers. Estep also shows the reader that many of these serial killers had fairly good home lives as they grew up.
The book itself is a series of stories based on these killers, describing who they are, what they did, and how they were able to hide what they did. It also does a good job of outlining how improvements in technology, such as DNA testing, allowed law enforcement to find these people. This book’s contents are explicit, so this is definitely not a book for the faint of heart.
If you’re a fan of true crime, and enjoy stories of true horror, this is definitely the book for you.
Review by Remy