The Serial Killer Whisperer: How One Man's Tragedy Helped Unlock the Deadliest Secrets of the World's Most Terrifying Killers
Abandoned and shunned by his friends, he began writing to serial killers on a whim and discovered...more
My name is Tony Ciaglia, and I am a traumatic brain injury survivor. I am also the subject of this book, The Serial Killer Whisperer. I love to go online and read the mixed reviews of this book. I do understand that because of the controversial subject matter, this book is not for everyone. Some have questioned the sanity of my parents and brother as to how they could let me engage in such a hobby talking with such heinous people. I can assure you all that I have the most loving f...more
It's a good story, I enjoyed reading it, it's fairly well written (though quite disorganized) and I have a couple of complaints. First is with the title/subtitle. It's incredibly misleading. SPOILER: Tony doesn't get any secrets from any serial killers until the epilogue. The EPILOGUE!!! Sure he talks to them often by mail and phone but is he told secrets? No. It's more like he's cannon fodder the way they detail their kills to him, but hey, no one should expect stories about rainbows from these...more
A young man (Tony) has a horrific accident, suffering traumatic brain injury (TBI). The damage manifests itself as periodic fits of uncontrollable rage, defensiveness, memory issues, and social miscues, all of which alienate him from his former friends and society at large. His parents and brother stick by him, and wi...more
In his thirties, Tony saw the commonly quoted fact that most serial killers that have been caught and profiled suffered head injuries as children, although not as serious as the one he had. Tony began corresponding with many serial killers i...more
I'd already written this review until my browser crapped out. GRRRRR. Anyway, to sum it up: Good story, good composition, basic writing, dumb title. I'd seen a movie called "Dear Mr. Gacy" this Spring. It's a true story about a young guy who wrote to some serial killers: Dahmer, Manson, Ramirez, and Gacy. And he didn't just write to them he got involved with them. The people here who have issue with Tony's parents and their involvement would...more
I was not scandalized by the material because I have also interacted closely with inmates, worked in hospitals and attended autopsies, etc.; (Criminal Justice degrees).
This book is not for the squeamish. It contains brutal letters from serial killers describing their crimes in graphic detail. Without having read the book, one will first wonder what purpose this serves. Is it gratuitous and voyeuristic or does it serve so...more
This book is well written by Pete Earley and the Audio book was narrated by Alan Sklar, one of the best narrators around.
BUT BE WARNED - this is not just a true crime book and IT IS NOT for the squeamish. This Book is not what you would first expect, as it is so much more. As a reader you are drawn into the minds of these monsters, murderers and rapist like no other book has. This book is filled with actual brutal letters from serial killer...more
Pete Earley's The Serial Killer Whisperer tells the story of Tony Ciaglia, a boy with a head injury who gains an obsession with contacting America's most infamous serial killers. The book follows the life of the Ciaglia family throughout Texas to Nevada, where they simultaneously deal with Tony's brain injury and his dark world of serial killers. Tony's head injury causes him to be obsessive and easily angered, greatly burdening the Ciaglia family, who have to constantly force him to take his me...more
Now I do find it interesting the juxtaposition of how tony handled his demons vs the serial killers. It appears family, love and faith play a higher r...more
Tony Ciaglia suffered a traumatic brain injury as a child and began feeling like a complete outsider. The only people he could really relate with were gruesome serial killers. He began researching some of the most famous killers around. He found "murderabila" website where a purchased a letter that was supposedly handwritten by killer, Ted Bundy. This sparked his interest in learning more about them. Before too long, he had a list of killers he wou...more
Category – True Crime
Tony Ciagla was in a terrible accident that left him with TBI (Traumatic Brain Injuries). In fact, he was pronounced clinically dead three times on the way to the hospital. Although he survived, Tony had to relearn how to walk, talk, and had serious problems concerning rage. Tony found a relief for his rage by writing to incarcerated serial killers.
Tony began correspondence with such killers as; Art...more
It is an interesting read. It feels fragmented and jumpy - you just get into one storyline or the ba...more
At age 15 Tony Ciaglia would suffer a horrific brain injury that would forever change his life. The once vibrant, popular high-schooler would become a reclusive, suicidal, obsessive, angry teenager prone to outbursts and forgetfulness. In his urge to find a hobby and keep himself busy he started writing serial killers (NOT at 15 I should point out but as...more
I didn't give this book a 5 star because it wasn't "amazing", but it was really good. I will warn you, if and when you read this book, be prepared to feel sad, disgusted, and have twisted gross images enter your mind. I must say, I didn't expect this book to be very explicit in content, but to me books like that don't bother me, personally, I think that makes the book more interesting and makes you want to keep reading it.
Tony was just at the...more
After a 14-year career in journalism, including six years at The Washington Post, Pete became a full-time author with a commitment to expose the stories that entertain and surprise.