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Beyond Cruel

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  47 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Mike DeBardeleben was known as the Mall Passer for the way he passed off fake money at local shopping centers. But when U.S. Secret Service agents finally arrested him, they were met with more than just phony bills. They found that their counterfeiter led a shocking double life…

Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 26th 2007 by St. Martin's True Crime
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I read this book because my mother in law was more than likely almost another of his victims back in the 70's. After hearing her story, and then reading this book, I am pretty certain that a few "lucky" twists of fate are all that saved her. This book was both informative and chilling. I don't think he is one of the most famous serial killers, but his crimes are just as bad as the best known ones. It's frightening that there are sickos like him in the world.
Dale Stonehouse
A story of depravity beyond imagination, while a good narrative of murder, rape, and counterfeiting, it fails to explore what makes a person able to commit such crimes with no conscience. The answer in almost all cases is childhood sexual abuse, and the subject of this book has the same look I have seen in so many sexual abuse survivors. A good book, but one that could have been so much more had the author dug deeper.
♥ Marlene♥
I did not write much after I'd read this book but what I wrote is enough I think ;)

on Friday, October 19, 2007 I wrote
7 out of 10

This book was interesting but not the best true crime I have ever read.
But good enough to keep you reading. 7.5

Jamie Waters
This book was very disturbing but I couldn't stop reading it because it was so suspenseful and intense. It opens your eyes to the world of crime (especially the use of counterfeit money)
Julian Litke
Very poorly written. Makes me wonder if it was even proof-read. Not very engaging or insightful at all.
I'll add this review as soon as I feel comfortable coming out from under the covers again....
Excellent story. Writing was pretty choppy,but if you can get past that, it's an awesome book.
Jul 30, 2011 Allison marked it as to-read
Wow, what an awful, awful man... The writing wasn't fabulous but the story was chilling.
Good read
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