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Book Review of Behold the Monster: Confronting America's Most Prolific Serial Killer

Behold the Monster: Confronting America's Most Prolific Serial Killer
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Jillian Lauren had no idea what she was getting into when she wrote her first letter to prolific serial killer Samuel Little. While the two exchanged dozens of letters and embarked on hundreds of hours of interviews, Lauren gained the trust of a monster. After maintaining his innocence for decades, Little confessed to the murders of ninety-three women, often drawing his victims in haunting detail as he spoke. How could one man evade justice, manipulating the system for more than four decades? Lauren delivers the harrowing report of her unusual relationship with a psychopath--but this is more than a deep dive into the actions of Samuel Little. Lauren's riveting and emotional accounts reveal the women who were lost to cold files, giving Little's victims a chance to have their stories heard for the first time. This book was published in 2018 but after the death of serial killer Samuel Little in 2020 from Covid 19, she decided to republish to include more murders solved and to mention his death. I found the story to be very interesting and the book centers on Samuel Little as the most prolific serial killer of 93 women in US history. The man was truly a monster that preyed on women as he would get them in his car and strangle them to death and then just dump them out of his car into the area and drive away. You need to read this book in order to get the full story as he became very fond of the author, Jillian Lauren. She was made next of kin and was notified of his death and received money and scraps of papers about his murders. If you like true crime about serial murders then you would love this book.