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“People simply will not accept the fact that there is such a thing as a homicidal mind,” Truman Capote once said, “that there are people who would kill as easily as they would write a bad check, and that they achieve satisfaction from it.” Paul Alexander’s new Kindle Single Homicidal takes a look into such a mind.

Homicidal is the story of the almost 25-year serial-murder c...more
Kindle Edition, 77 pages
Published November 14th 2011 by RosettaBooks
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Sep 08, 2013 David rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people dead where it doesn't count, serial killers with orange pintos
This Kindle short/Audible freebie is a "true crime" story about Lonnie Franklin Jr., the serial killer known as the "Grim Sleeper" because he supposedly stopped killing for over a decade, before resuming.

Lonnie Franklin, Jr.

The real story here is not so much Lonnie Franklin. As serial killers go, he's not very interesting. He is your basic working-class schlub, in and out of trouble with the law, who ran a chop shop in his yard that all his neighbors in South L.A. knew about. Naturally, most of the women he killed...more
When reading Homicidal, I felt like it was having issues with multiple personality disorder. It begins with the story of murders taking place that set things up like you are reading a fiction novel (hint, its not). It then moves to what seems to be like reading a newspaper article of incidents that occurred. Then it settles on being nonfiction at its core. If that wasn’t frustrating enough, the overall story arc doesn’t actually complete because the trial the author is referencing isnt yet compl...more
Jess Cattanach
What...? I have no idea what was going on in this book. I expected it to be about the serial killer known as the "Grim Sleeper" but it goes so far away from that point that I really have no idea what the author was trying to achieve with this book. There was a whole long section on crack and AIDS and other serial killers in California, and to me this just didn't flow well at all, especially in such a short book with such an inconclusive ending. The one part that mildly interested me was the part...more

Lonnie Franklin, a former city worker on disability, openly runs a chop shop in front of his home. Stolen cars parts get recycled. Got to make ends meet. His neighbors all know and don't mind. After all this is South L.A. and there are far worst things going on. Loads of drug dealing, prostitution, shootings and a few odd serial killers on the lose. But his neighbors all know Lonnie and they even leave the keys to their car with him and he does repair work for them for cheap. If it had not been...more
So that was ~2 hours of my life that I will never get back. This was actually an Audible freebie, now I know why.

This was a like listening to a documentary, a bad one.
Library Linsey
Well it is a good thing this was free.
I understood this was to be a somewhat fictionalized account of an actual serial killer murder case. I think that's stretching it a little. Some parts of it read like a novel and other parts sound like someone reading a wikipedia article to you. Overall, I found the book to be disturbingly interesting, but it seemed like it was shoddily put together. And then add to that, the book just ended very abruptly with the case seemingly having been solved, but the perpetrator not yet convicted. Seems li...more
Very short and choppy, feels like your reading the notes from a police report.
Marianne Weber
I got the free audible audio book and decided to give it a shot. It was short, and was about like listening to a news article or a wikipedia article. Interesting if you want background into a serial killer in LA, and expect a lot of side commentary about corruption and issues with the LA police department.
It was hard to tell what was fact and what was fiction. it read like a weak copy and paste job from wikipedia with some lifeless dialogue thrown in. so much potential, no real suspense or character development and the weakest ending I have read in a long time.
I got this book for free...and now I know why. It was terrible. This book may have started off and ended with the same focus, but the middle was all over the place. Poorly written. If there was a point to this book, I failed to find it. Don't waste your time.
Such a disappointment. It started off pretty good (or else I wouldn't have bought it) but then the rest of the book reads worse than a wiki article. I regret paying for this book, as I'm fairly sure the wiki article on him is better.
Abrupt ending left me scratching my head even after listening to it a second time.
Timothy Darling
This book was a departure from my regular reading habits. I chose it because it was a free selection in Audible and nothing in the list appealed to me more. I have not read true crime books before, so I had no idea what to expect.

The main thing I did not expect was to hear a story that had not finished. The case is ongoing and so the reader is in the chair of the jury, looking at the evidence presented and wondering how he should swing his vote. It's an interesting dilemma.

Alexander is quite cri...more
Danielle J
If you can sort through the ill-organized history in this book, the actual story is very interesting. The writer seemed to not know how to go about telling this story and giving context for it at the same time, so instead just leaps in and out of the main point, not always bringing the reader along on exactly what he's talking about at the moment. Still, if this subject interests you, there is gold to be mined amongst the confusion.
Christina Rumbaugh
I learned nothing except there was a serial killer named The Grim Sleeper -- "Sleeper" because he took a 13 year break in between killings. Also, evidence was inconclusive anyway, and the cops are incompetent? I don't know. I also didn't realize that the author had interviewed anyone until Chapter 8 (there are 9 total). A lot of historical events were mentioned, which really had nothing to do with the story at hand, even the mention of other serial killers like Richard Ramirez. I mean, yes, seri...more
Bradley Mcguffey
This book is organized (or not-so-much) in a seemingly random, disjointed way. The author tries to tie it altogether in the end, but not well enough. It turns out this is not only a "true" story but one in which not even those in the story the one writing it knows for sure if the events are completely accurate. But the best part of the book is the ending. Unfortunately it is missing. The book just ends with the presentation of evidence in the trial of the killer you have been trying to find with...more
The book took a while to get into and its short. After the 4th chapter or so I started to get into the store and wanted to know what would happen. I didn't like writing though. It was too straightforward and boring. The reader wasn't great either so that didn't help.
John Banks
Simply couldn't get into it.
Vincent Wood
I got this book originally due to it being free. I read it because I was in between books and a book I have been looking forward to was about to come out so I stuck to short books until then. This book ultimately seems to be about a serial killer in south Los Angeles. It seems to focus primarily on the ineptitude of the LAPD and briefly mentions a vast number of serial killers who seem to haunt the LA area over the years. This book did not seem very interesting and I would not recommend it.
I have mixed emotions about True Crime books because I feel like they exploit people’s miseries or make murder a form of entertainment… then again, so do 90% of the dramas on TV now-a-days. I watch Dateline and 48 Hours regularly, so who am I to judge!

This book was very unsatisfying because it ends before the trial! Kind of silly if you ask me… why not wait until it’s all over and write a COMPLETE story?

It left me wondering: what the heck was the point of all this?
Sam Motes
A true crime short read on the search for the serial killer known as the Grim Sleeper and the South Side Slayer who stalked South LA from the late 80s until 2007. Blunders by the police helped prolong the rampage as well as a 13 year gap in crimes attributed to the killer. The author Alexander uses a very straight forward writing style that sticks to the facts with little embellishment. Not the most gripping true crime read but still a compelling read.
Kent Winward
Serial killer porn. The most intriguing aspect was the questions raised at the very end with the prosecution's case against "The Grim Sleeper." Raised many more questions than it answered -- questions of motivation, race, political and police incompetence, and how do we comprehend sadistic evil? A short piece that could have been fleshed out many ways, but otherwise remains a shallow journalistic account.
Tammy Elliott
It pains me to say this book was a colossal waste of time for me. I had so much faith that the author must be headed somewhere with the plethora of detail, much of which had nothing to do with the main story line, that I keep up till the end -- the extraordinarily dissatisfying end. I would not recommend this book to anyone as I'm still trying figure out how to reclaim the time I spend reading myself!
Joan Lloyd
I read this one in my ears (in audio). I had downloaded it a while ago and so, when I started "reading" I didn't remember that this is Non-Fiction. A good read (listen), the story of the search for a decades-long hunt for a serial killer, hiding in plain sight. The author also explored many other fascinating by-ways, like LA in the '80s and the crack epidemic. I enjoyed this thoroughly.
I was debating on this one and decided it was a 2.5 star rating. This was a freebie from Audible, which I definitely appreciated very much. However, the book appeared to digress in places and I found my attention wandering. I couldn't engage with the characters, as none were really explored in great depth. I did find the stuff about familial DNA testing fascinating.
I got this free from Audible, thank goodness. I had to do a Google search to figure out what was going on. Started ok then became a list of drug sellers, deaths of woman, etc. Just information that didn't seem to go with the beginning. After the web search I now know that it is a true crime book, but the author lost me 29 minutes into the book.
Saundra Pitt
Glad this was a freebie on Audible. The narrator was fine, but what he was reading was a jumbled mess. It was like the narrator of "Cold Case Files" reading a poorly constructed college essay on serial killers. I'm not sure what was the biggest crime: the cases in the book, or the writing.
It was a free audiobook from Audible. Basically told a story about the progression of serial killers and crime rise in LA in the 70's to present. It was like watching a documentary on Netflix so I enjoyed it. I wouldn't read it again but I did enjoy becoming a cop for 2 hrs.
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Besides the bestselling Kindle Singles Murdered, Accused, and Homicidal, Paul Alexander has published eight previous books of nonfiction: Ariel Ascending: Writings About Sylvia Plath; Rough Magic, a biography of Plath; Boulevard of Broken Dreams: The Life, Times, and Legend of James Dean, the bestseller that has been published in 10 countries; Death and Disaster: The Rise of the Warhol Empire and...more
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