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Talking with Serial Killers: The Most Evil People in the World Tell Their Own Stories: The Most Evil People in the World Tell Their Own Stories

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  916 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
An investigative criminologist, Christopher Berry-Dee is a man who talks to serial killers. Their pursuit of horror and violence is described in their own words, transcribed from audio and videotape interviews conducted deep inside some of the toughest prisons in the world. Berry-Dee describes the circumstances of his meetings with some of the world's most evil men and rep ...more
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Published May 27th 2014 by Not Avail (first published May 1st 2003)
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Simone
Jul 26, 2011 Simone rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
For a book that claims to be non-fiction, it just doesn't hold a whole lot of credibility. Tons of errors, both various kinds of typos and factual errors (Prozac just isn't an anti-psychotic, hello?!!) The writing is generally bad, full of clichés, and lacking in structure. Most chapters start out with Christopher Berry Dee giving us some background information on the killer in question, then listing the murders that he/she committed , and finally we get a couple of quotes - I wouldn't say that ...more
Anita Dalton
Meh. There are better books about serial killers, there are worse books about serial killers. Unless this is the first book you have ever read about killers, you won't learn much and there is some outright bad information in this book but it's too "meh" for me to give a crap.

Yeah. I don't know. I'm not feeling it but I'm not hating it. Like, if you're on a plane and have nothing else to read, this book will help pass the time and maybe that is all we can ask from yet another book about serial k
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Katherine Addison
This book is a lot of hat and not very much cattle. It profiles and interviews Harvey Louis Carignan, Arthur John Shawcross, John Martin Scripps, Michael Bruce Ross, Ronald Joseph "Butch" DeFeo, Jr., Aileen Carol Wuornos, Kenneth Allen McDuff, Douglas Daniel Clark and Carol Mary Bundy (who declined to be interviewed), and Henry Lee Lucas. (I note that somebody changed the subtitle between the time the book was in galleys and the time it was printed: the cover says "the most evil people in the wo ...more
Nicholas Nguyen
This is my first non-fiction, documentary read for years and I have to admit the book is such an 'enlightenment' albeit its dwellings into the darkest minds and their 'modus operandi' which are really disturbing.

I'd had nightmares for 3 consecutive nights when I started the book, reading detailed depictions of the crime scenes, how decomposed the corpses were, how manslaughter and body dismemberment were carried out, and even cannibalism. The psychopathy [documented in this book] gets worse to t
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Owlsowlet
Jun 10, 2017 Owlsowlet rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
Talking with Serial Killers is meant to be a collection of serial killer's own accounts of their crimes collated through interviews from author Christopher Dee Berry. The blurb tells you that this book is destined to be a true crime classic, but reads more like a sub-par documentary that you'd find on the crime channel.
Each chapter is heavily biographical. It leaves little input from the actual criminals' except for a short paragraph at the end of each chapter. Considering the serial killers co
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Rosie
Apr 30, 2017 Rosie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I would've preferred this book if it had included more high profile killers. There was a fair amount of spelling and grammatical errors too, this just slowed the pace right down. There was also a fair amount of background information on the killers and in all honesty I would've just referred facts about the sprees.
Kostas
May 19, 2017 Kostas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Consistently fascinating topic, but inconsistently written chapters. The author clearly knows his subject matter well, but fails to remain equally engaging throughout. Sometimes he breaks into the minutiae of obsessive background detail of the killer's whereabouts and job history, at others we only get a fragmented view on the psychology of the perpetrator. One feels repulsion at the likes of Kenneth Allen McDuff and Arthur John Shawcross, but occasionally also sympathy in the case of the only f ...more
Effy Weasley
'talking with serial killers' my ass. more like 'incoherent rambling about serial killers while stroking my ego'.

it's full with grammatical errors, incomplete sentences and obvious errors like when talking about the calibre of bundy's gun. the author jumps between .22 and .25 in a matter of sentences, again and again.
also, he seems to be really proud of himself and his interviewing technique because the killers told him stuff that led to the closures of several open homicide cases. ok, that sou
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V.G. Castle
Jun 23, 2017 V.G. Castle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Real life stories of most notorious serial killers in the world.

The book gives good insight about serial killers' history and how they become monsters on their own right. If one is to ask, society and parents have a lot of role to play in honing a child's mind. It's not just about parents but also the school system. Go wrong and you create a serial killer.
Let's be aware of children and how we treat them.

Intrigue with Douglas Daniel Clark. He should have serve the same sentence with Carol Bundy.
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danyka g
Jun 06, 2017 danyka g rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the stories were really well described and interesting
a page turner, couldn't put the book down and was always curious about the next serial killer
the pictures were very helpful
HNC Library
This book was read by Ellie Artmstrong as part of her Six Book Challenge - here is her review:

‘Talking with Serial Killers’ by Christopher Berry-Dee is a book that provides the readers with some insight into the minds of some of the world’s most torturous serial killers. The book however doesn’t seem to correspond with its given title, as despite what the name suggests Christopher Berry-Dee doesn’t seem to do much conversing with serial killers in the book. Instead he provides some background in
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Mystery Meg
Sep 13, 2016 Mystery Meg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recreational
Deeply disturbing but incredibly interesting.

It's easy to become desensitised to violence, and as a fan of horror, mystery and intrigue I had thought that I had seen the worst. I was wrong.
Hearing the cases presented by the killers themselves added a new element of horror that chilled me to the bone. It gave me new insight to murder that I will not forget.

This book will undoubtedly haunt you long after you have finished it.
Jane Kelsey
Sep 10, 2013 Jane Kelsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ronald Joseph DeFeo Jr, Aileen Carol Wuornos, Michael Ross, and Carol Bundy are just a few names that pop into this book that journeys into the mind of famous serial killers and what makes them tick.

Gruesome details of the murders spun in this morbidly fascinating tale of true crimes, exposing the weakness of the judiciary system and improper police investigations. I was honestly intrigued about the story of Carol Bundy and Douglas Clark and the fact that the author gave the impression that Clar
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Andrew K

“Talking with Serial Killers” was an outstanding book for the driving question of “ How do past experiences affect the way a serial killer kills?”. It was great for explaining why these cold-blooded killers did what they did. I was however expecting to have more insight in direct quotes and what the killers said. It did however have some decent information on the killer’s background and what killings they committed. This book has lots of detailed descriptions of stories and killings they committ
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Lisa
Dec 03, 2009 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: its price at Asda and my own morbid curiosity
Shelves: own, 2009, non-fic, true-crime
Completely terrifying and utterly fascinating insight into the minds of a number of very different serial killers that's definitely not one for the faint-hearted (the author has interviewed each of the killers and the descriptions of the crimes in their own words is, as you'd expect, sickening).

Offers up some fascinating insights into the childhood histories and, in some cases, the brain chemistry that helped to form these people into monsters, and lays bare some terrible miscarriages of justice
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Laura
Oct 01, 2013 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: three-star
A seemingly well written, documented account of the authors interviews with various notorious serial killers. Many chapters are disturbing to say the least, but fascinating nonetheless. Ideal for those with a strong interest in true crime and psychology.

At times, I felt the writing to be a little hurried and slapdash. Facts about some cases were not exactly forthcoming and my interest wavered throughout this book. Also, I felt the author attempted to sympathise with some of his subjects - while
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Xanthi
Dec 06, 2011 Xanthi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was both disturbing and interesting right from the start. Apart from 2, I had not heard of these people before, which made me wonder why, as they were just as horrific as the ones I had heard about. By far the most interesting, and most awful, chapter was about Carol Bundy and Douglas Clark. The story was complex and the author seemed to 'sympathize' with the notion that Clark was wrongly convicted. That may be the case, though I could not help feel what it mattered, as Clark was guilt ...more
Redfox5
Jul 16, 2010 Redfox5 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad America has the death penalty and that at least some of these criminals have been put to death. This book is a fascinating look at some of the worlds worst serial killers. They are very fucked up people. So many people killed for someones sick thrill. This book also brought to light some flaws in the justice system epecially in the case of Douglas Clark. However in my opinion he still derserves to be on death row for rape and pedaphillia. Sometimes the author seemed to sympathetic to th ...more
Hannah Northrop
May 27, 2016 Hannah Northrop rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Had high expectations when i saw the book in a charity shop. However the writing style was too embellished for a book that should fundamentally be about facts and gaining insight into the minds of the serial killers. However the writer took the stories and moulded them into a cheesy crime novel interpretation. Relying on describing the acts as poetically as possible whereas the acts themselves do not need to be embellished. - If you are interested in the crimes its honestly better to read the Wi ...more
Crystal
Jul 29, 2011 Crystal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, 2011
Berry-Dee provides case studies of 10 serial killers throughout US, Britain, and even Singapore. While I found the case studies interesting, there was also quite a bit of clinical jargon to wade through. In addition, Berry-Dee went through each killer's history to find indicators - sexual/psychological abuse, abandonment, chemical definiciences, etc - which may have attributed to his or her actions; these correlations are interesting but do not, or should not, aleviate their culpability in any w ...more
Nikul Patel
A good read if you like to understand the history behind some of the serial killers of the world but I wasn't bowled over by it. Some chapters were more terrifying than others whereas some had hardly any new information about the killings. I was however expecting more in depth interviews with the actual killers themselves but I realise that the book probably had to be heavily edited and Christopher Dee had to be careful about the stuff he put in the book out of respect for the victims families a ...more
Andrée
Jul 07, 2010 Andrée rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, reviewed
Christopher Berry-Dee spins a morbidly fascinating tale of true crimes in his book Talking With Serial Killers. He conducts interviews with notorious criminals such as Ronald Joseph DeFeo Jr, Aileen Carol Wuornos, Michael Ross, and Carol Bundy (to name a few), and uncovers some of the most intimate facts relating to their crimes.

Definitely a compelling read for anyone interested in exploring the darkest crevices of the serial killer's mind. But just a warning: this book is most definitely not f
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Matt
Nov 24, 2012 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is well researched and written but is very disturbimg in some parts as you are sucked into the killers mind and thoughts! Some parts do get a.little boring when it gets into the technicalities of the cases! Some bits are a bit gruesome as it descrines in detail hoe the people where killed and mutilated! Definatly feel after reading this that capital punishment needs to be brought back into force in the UK. Well recomended if you want an insight into the world of derranged serial killers ...more
Naomi
Apr 03, 2013 Naomi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An extremely interesting and intriguing book. However, i found that it didn't have much information about the criminals afterwards and their life in prison. It also didn't have much about the criminals thoughts on their crimes and their apparent "remorse- or alarming lack of it." It mainly focused on the details of their crimes and the lawful implications that came after it. It was good, but unfortunately, it was one of those books that i lost interest in half-way through and had to force myself ...more
Sazziebunny
Ann Rule books were so good throughout all my life that Im really really difficult to please when it comes to true crime so it's difficult for me to give an honest rating!I think its really difficult to write about many different killers and fit it all into one book, each of the criminals featured couldve easily had their own book about them!the writing style is easy to read so its easy to put down and pick up where you left off. It didnt captivate me but I would certainly read more by this auth ...more
teleri llinos
This is my first ever true crime book, I now have three, but when I first started reading this I couldn't put it down. I remember taking photos of quotes and being so amazed that Christopher got a chance to talk to serial killers, something I really want to do, and I seriously recommend this to any true crime enthusiast, as not only does it tell you about the criminals past, his/her's killing spree, but the author then interviews them and it helps you understand the mind of a serial killer a lit ...more
Rebecca Haslam
I've had an interest in crime for a while and having recently really gotten into the TV show Criminal Minds, I decided to read for myself some of the most horrific killers' stories through this book. It sickens to me that there are so many people like those who feature in these pages still walking around, being a threat to so many, but the author does a good job in detailing exactly what these killers have done without giving them an ounce of sympathy - they most certainly don't deserve it.
Chanda
Jul 14, 2016 Chanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow

This is the most graphic and disturbing account of serial killers I think I have ever read. It was detailed and I wasn't disappointed. I learned about serial killers I hadn't previously known about. If you enjoy exploring the minds of killers and trying to understand the psychology behind their actions, this is a great read. I love that there were accounts and details given about the young lives and childhoods of the killers. Those facts explain a lot.
Heather
Jan 08, 2014 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book isn't for the faint-hearted. The descriptions of the crimes committed by these 'people' are from the killers' own lips and are very graphic. The author interviewed these people personally in prison, some of whom were on death row at the time. He must have nerves of steel! Fascinating true crime book, which also delves into the killers' early lives. Includes notorious names such as Aileen Wuornos and Henry Lee Lucas. Recommended for any true crime fan.
Emma Wagner
Sep 30, 2014 Emma Wagner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was pretty dark, but extremely interesting. I would definitely recommend it, but it's not exactly light reading. It's a bit disturbing, but overall I thought it was pretty well-written and told the stories of the victims very well. While I would recommend the book, I would not recommend it at night alone in your room... I made that mistake a few times too many.
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