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Erased: Missing Women, Murdered Wives

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  322 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Based on five years of investigative reporting and research into forensic psychology and criminology, "Erased" presents an original profile of a widespread and previously unrecognized type of murder: not a "hot-blooded," spur-of-the-moment crime of passion, as domestic homicide is commonly viewed, but a cold-blooded, carefully planned and methodically executed form of "era ...more
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Jossey-Bass (first published January 1st 2008)
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For anyone who read Ablow's book about Scott Peterson and thought, "No, that's not quite right...," Marilee Strong has the answer. I was telling a friend about the book, and she said, "It's like a perfect storm of psychiatric conditions." That about sums it up.

Marilee Strong talks about many cases of men killing their wives, girlfriends and significant others, beginning with Chester Gillette, who murdered his pregnant girlfriend in 1906. She cites cases throughout the twentieth century, and on i
Very good read and very disturbing. A couple of cases came to mind that developed after this book was published are Josh Powell & Drew Peterson. I don't think much has changed in law enforcement and the way we view "circumsantial evidence". Interestingly enough with the Casey Anthony trial (who happens to fit the "eraser" profile even though she is female and the victim was her child) we just saw first hand how the law is twisted and misunderstood in a way that makes it possible to get away ...more
Nov 12, 2012 Hava rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: true crime fans
I work at the local library, so I get to see all of the new books that have come out that look intriguing. I was checking a patron out a couple of weeks ago, and I saw a book in the stack called Erased: Missing Women, Murdered Wives. Being a closet fan of 48 Hours Mystery, I thought, “Wow, that looks interesting!”

I say that refrain often at work, and have had to work very hard to keep my house from overflowing with “interesting” books from the library. My only defense is that at least the books
I found this book to be absolutely riveting, and I find it incredible it has taken this long for someone to notice a pattern to these types of murders/vanishings. Strong only takes her research back to 1906 when Charles Gillette drowned his pregnant girlfriend, but I bet if one looked a little closer one would find that these types of murders go back even further. The main anchor of this book is the Scott/Lori Peterson case. I remember at the time that the media seemed baffled by Scott's casual ...more
Dana ****Reads Alot****
Marilee hit the nail right on the head when she wrote this book. It really gave me some insight to why these men kill their girlfriends/wives (even when they are pregnant). She had alot to say about her assumptioh on scott peterson and I really did thing she got it right BUT Im sick of hearing about the man, I have heard enough of him to last two life times. Most of these men are selfish bastards who only care about themselves and have sociopathic issues. I really do believe he feared becoming a ...more
This was an absorbing book - I couldn't put it down once I started it. The author makes a strong case for the identification of a new type of killer in our society - the 'Eraser Killer" - a man who murders his wife, or girlfriend, or ex-wife/ex-girlfriend - and feels no remorse, no guilt for what he's done. Rather he may repeat the crime with another girlfriend or wife in the future.

The author profiles the personality traits of "Eraser Killers" - identifying them as primarily narcissistic, Mach
Sep 02, 2013 Sue rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: crimen
Very difficult to follow the characters in this book when Scott Peterson is mentioned on almost every page. Gosh, darn. If there were so many distinct examples of "erased" women here, plus the theory to explain this term, why did the author feel the need to include Peterson everywhere? on almost every page?

True, she mentioned in the introduction that comparing the Scott Peterson case was quintessential (big word) to the "eraser" classification, but I became disgusted and lost interest.
Oh, where to start. Looking at all the glowing reviews of this book, I feel like I must have been reading an entirely different book. The only negative reviews seem to say that they couldn't make it through the book. That is part of the reason I have chosen to thoroughly review the book and describe the issues I had. I might have reviewed it too thoroughly, as this review turned out really long, but I think that is a testament to how annoyed I was by this book, despite the fact that the writing ...more
Grace P.
This was well-written and researched. The author says more than 1000 women each year in the U.S. are murdered by an intimate partner. Men who kill their wives or girlfriends are hardly ever given the harshest punishment. When a conviction is obtained, it is usually not for first degree murder. This is because of a tendency in the law to see domestic homicide as a crime of passion - at least when committed by men. (This "domestic discount" does not apply to women sentenced for domestic homicide). ...more
By using some relatively recent criminal cases as examples, particularly the Scott Peterson/Laci Peterson case, the author makes the argument for establishing a legal recognition of "erased" types of murders. I think the author makes a very compelling argument and backs it up by demonstrating how the various different disappearances/murders were not heat-of-the-moment or jealousy-fueled acts of violence (something that our society still seems to excuse on some level), but rather are very orchest ...more
I liked this book but it was really not a book about missing women and wives. It was more about Scott Peterson and I think there are plenty of books on him already. The other cases she used were interesting but I think there were plenty more she could've used instead of choosing to focus on the Peterson case.

The book was well-written and the author definitely did her research. I had no idea that this country has such bad resources when it comes to death investigation -- from appointed coroners w
M.K.  Carroll
It's not a fun topic. I appreciated the way the subject matter was handled, and the theory of "eraser" killings is very interesting and presented well. I would have liked to have read this book sooner; I did a presentation at the end of the spring semester about the Latoyia Figueroa murder case in particular, and had been trying to find as much information, statistical and otherwise, about the murders of pregnant women by their boyfriends/husbands. The Figueroa case is covered in this book, and ...more
We see the headlines in the paper of a missing pregnant woman and think the father of the baby could never do this, he seemed so nice, so normal. Think again.

An important book. Understanding a specific type of domestic violence that is under reported by its very nature. Husbands or significant others who make woman disappear, by committing murder and well hiding the body, or by staging it to look like an accident. It seems like a book every law enforcement, social worker, judge and therapist sho
This is a great read, especially if these kinds of crimes interest you. I follow a lot of eraser killings, and this book definitely helped me have a better understanding of the psychological factors that influence these sorts of murders. A little too much of the book is examples, and I'm pretty sure the author repeats one. Otherwise, it's a very informative book.
Ruth Charchian
"Erased" presents an entirely new genre of murder; the carefully planned, methodical, cold-blooded erasure of women, usually wives and girlfriends, by their husbands or boyfriends who kill because the person no longer serves their purpose and try to make their victims "disappear." Strong has done extensive research into 50 cases of these largely unrecognized types of murders where the perpetrator seems innocent, professionally successful, pillar of the community, intelligence to attempt manipula ...more
Elizabeth Horton-Newton
An excellent insight in the Dark Triad that makes up the character of Eraser killers (men who make their wives/girlfriends,significant others "disappear" ). Examining the pathology of these eraser killers could benefit local police force investigators by making them aware of the behaviors most often associated with these killers. While some steps have been taken by law enforcement to pay stricter attention to atypical behaviors in missing women cases, a more rapid response and intensive investig ...more
Erased is about psychopathic , intensely narissistic men who not only get rid of their wives through murder ( often to free the men up to be with a new lover ) but who make them literally disappear .More than well written , it is a page - turner and should be required reading for police authorites all arounf the country .Strong's poster child is Scott Peterson , but she offers plenty of other poignant examples of this all - too common phrnomenon. Strong's cliinical description of these supremely ...more
Diana Qureshi
The author talks about the phenomenon of eraser killers, usually men who kill their wives. Her main focus is Scott Peterson, but she also delves into the psychology of eraser killers and mentions other cases as well.
Not my normal read, but as a former victim of domestic violence and death threats, this title caught my eye. Very disturbing phenomena.

Rita Meade
A very interesting (albeit upsetting) analysis of the psychology behind "eraser killings" - when men kill their wives and get rid of their bodies in order to make them vanish, allowing the men to start over and pursue whatever deluded fantasies they have. It focuses on many wife/girlfriend-murder cases from over the years, but looks at the Laci Peterson case in more depth than the others. Warning: this book is very graphic. Ultimately, the author illustrates how people are not always what they a ...more
Silvia Pettem
Well-written look at "eraser killers," with a lot on Scott Peterson (husband and murderer of his wife Laci Peterson and their unborn child). These killers believe they can get away with their murders, but, some, like Peterson, do not. A chilling, but interesting, look into the minds of these men. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because the book didn't seem to be organized in the way I would have liked, i.e. it jumped around too much from case to case. But well-worth reading for peopl ...more
I think the best word for this book is "chilling" - story after story after story of men who murdered their wives/girlfriends, and in many cases got away with it. I'm kind of sorry I finished it at 10PM.

Maybe a few too many stories in the end, because they all blur together in one horrific blur. But a fascinating study of the psychology of what the author calls "eraser killers," and I wasn't bored by the Laci Peterson case (which is the frame of the book, really) because I didn't read much about
Wow how great is that? I have read 3 heavy reads in a row. This one, by far has educated my mind in the flaw of the laws for those men out there trying to get away with murder of their wife or girlfriend. My eyes are definitely more open to what really happened with the Laci Peterson case. It also, blows my mind at how many women there are out there that have had this happen to them, and how the "better half" either got away with it or almost did.
I found this book interesting and thinks that the author has a good premise with her idea of an eraser killer. However, I would have liked more than just her journalist idea of the psychological breakdown of this type of killer. Having more input from profiles or psychologists that have interaction with these types of killers would have given the book more authority in my mind.

Well written but seemed a bit like two half books pieced together to make a full book. I liked that it looked at crimes in a more analytic perspective than many true crime books do.
Sep 20, 2011 Nancy marked it as to-read
Very scary, but necessary book. I hope the reforms she mentions are put into place before more men get away with this type of crime. The most disturbing part of the book is that for the most part it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to detect warning signs before these types of crime happen.
Very interesting book and I, years ago was a HUGE true-crime reader. But just because someone makes up a term for something doesnt necessarily mean theyre the first one to ever think of the concept. Authors have been discussing at length these types of murders and their perpertrators for years.
This is a book that will open your eyes as to what is going on that we don't want to believe, open our eyes as to the urgent need to train, get a country standard set, and change the way we look at missing women, and open our eyes to what we are looking for in men.
Worth your time to read.
I have a lot of respect for how much research Marilee Strong put into writing this book and I think she made some good points in how these cases need to be investigated. This was a good read and offered insight into the high-functioning sociopaths that live among us.
Interesting, but felt kind of patchworked together. I think the topic could have been organized more cohesively - at times it seemed to skip completely randomly from one case history to another for no real reason. But it was convincing and I enjoyed reading it.
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