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Citizen X: Killer Department

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"Horrifying...It's a story you will not soon forget."
Here is the chilling true story of the manhunt for the most frighteningly brutal serial killer of modern times--for the Russian Jeffrey Dahmer. As the killer stalked train stations for new young prey, Detective Viktor Burakov stalked him, while an archaic Soviet system put every obstacle in his way. O
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Published October 4th 1993 by Ivy Books (first published 1993)
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This book details the manhunt for the Russian serial killer Andrei Chikatilo. What the book reveals about the soviet legal system is almost as frightening as the horrific murders perpetrated by Chikatilo; a number of innocents perished as a result of shoddy and criminal investigative and judicial practices. Mr Cullen took the time do do some research and interview some of the principals involved; this is not a hastily- crafted story scribbled in haste to capitalize on a sensational story. One pr ...more
Fascinating read, although not for the squeamish. I especially appreciated how the relationship of the former Soviet Union's politics impacted the detective who spent years searching for the killer and was hobbled by his own government's philosophies. Also fascinating that he studied FBI methods to catch the killer at a time when doing so could have gotten him in alot of hot water with his government. The fact that the killer was a suspect years before he was caught and was not held because he w ...more
I'm a sucker for books about real life serial killers (yet trust me, I'm still a pretty nice guy) and this one (which was later made into a solid HBO movie) delivered the goods. What made it especially interesting was the Russian setting and how it focussed on the frustration of the lead investigator who wanted to use modern psychological techniques to track the killer, but was stifled by the communist political system he worked in. This real life story is somewhat remindful of the fictional plo ...more
Really, really interesting! I like true crime as a 'throwaway' or 'beach' read, but this one really made me think. The connections between the Soviet political system and the case, and how this man was able to go for so long killing so many people without being caught were fascinating. I also didn't realize until I finished that the author's not a true crime author, but rather a journalist who'd spent years in the Soviet Union, so he really knew his stuff.
Fascinating true account of the Russian detective who tracked down Andrei Chikatilo, and of the Soviet system that hindered his investigation at every turn, resulting in many more deaths that could have and should have been averted. This book was turned into a very fine movie that more than does it justice. It also seems that the fictional Child 44 that came out this year may owe something to Citizen X.
I liked this book a lot.

The subject is a sad one, but when you look past that, the story of the man hunt, putting the pieces of the puzzle together, the determination of the person in pursuit is a great one.
Add to that the back ground information on Russia in the Soviet period and for me this book had just the right mix to make it kind of irresistable.
I really enjoyed this. I didn't know the actual story but I did know who the killer was and what he did. Quite interesting to read about the actual details.

Definitely a read for any crime fanatic!
Lynda Kelly
This guy was a very prolific killer and got away with it for decades !!! Hard to footage I've seen of him in court he was a very, very sinister guy indeed.
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I watched the movie version in HBO. I am hoping I can read the book as soon as i can find a copy.
easily the most depressing book i have ever read.
Betsy Trotzke
Highly disturbing.
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