Robert Berdella: The True Story of the Kansas City Butcher by Jack Rosewood, Historical Serial Killers & Murderers, True Crime by Evil Killers Volume 5 detailed the monstrous tortures he inflicted on at least six victims. This is a brutal book & difficult to read. He dismembered his victims & no complete bodies were found. "He kept detailed notes on his exploits..." He also took Polaroid photographs of the torture.
His early family life was normal & uneventful. He was bullied because he had to wear thick glasses because of his poor eyesight. He was above average in intelligence but sometimes seemed rude & condescending.
His first victim, Jerry Howell, choked on his own vomit after being drugged heavily & raped repeatedly. It was ten months before he had the nerve to kill again & his second victim was Robert Sheldon. He tortured him without mercy & finally suffocated him with a plastic bag over his head. This time he kept his head as a trophy & buried it in the garden in his backyard. Victim number three was Mark Wallace & that took place only two months after he had killed Sheldon. After almost a year since his first victim, he officially became a serial killer.
Walter Ferris was victim number four. He wanted to keep him prisoner for a longer period of time so needed to temper the degrees of his torture. His time was brief but Berdella wasn't disappointed since he believed Ferris had set him up with the police for a drug bust.
His fifth victim was Todd Stoops. Word had spread on the street that Berdella was to be avoided because he liked his sex rough & that Jerry Howell's disappearance was related to him. Stoops was a prisoner for thirteen days before his death.
Eleven months after Todd Stoops was killed, he finally found Larry Pearson, his sixth victim. It was 1987.
He kept him captive for nearly two months until Todd bit him & Berdella had to go to the hospital for stitches. He needed to stay but told the doctor he had to check on a dog that had just had puppies & would return. While a taxi waited he suffocated Stoops with a plastic bag & left him while he returned to the hospital. Stoops had been dead three days by the time he returned from the hospital. Berdella had kept the air conditioning turned on full blast but the smell of death had become an issue.
April 2, 1998 one of his victims, Chris Bryson, after four days of captivity, jumped out the window to escape. The Kansas City Police took over the investigation.
I gave this book three stars because of the incorrectly spelled words & homonymns throughout. It was well researched but the evil it described was horrific.
I received a complimentary kindle copy from Amazon. This did not change my opinion for this review.
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