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Trace Evidence: The Search for the I-5 Strangler

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  295 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
During the summer of 1986, Sacramento, California police investigated the murders of several young women who had been sexually assaulted and strangled to death. The victims's bodies were discovered scattered across several counties, and jurisdictional complications arose as each new department became involved. Kay Maulsby, the newest homicide detective in Sacramento assign ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Onyx (first published 1998)
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♥ Marlene♥
Great book and great author. This book was very detailed. It is all about how the cops investigated the murders that were all committed around the I-5 highway, or the bodies were dumped there.

Because I liked his writing style I searched to find out if he had written other books. This is when I learned that he had written And The Sea Will Tell. So I checked my books thinking I had read that book, but I did not find a copy on my shelves or did I find an entry about this book on Bookcrossing or Goo
Feb 20, 2016 Fishface rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
This was a great big whomping trade paperback, but I gladly hauled it all over the county with me this week in case I found 5 extra minutes to read some more of it. The book was full of typos that a previous owner of my copy helpfully circled in black ink, but that didn't slow me down at all. The author did an outstanding job of making me feel the tragedy of every death, in some subtle way I have a hard time pinpointing. The killer was a fascinating combination of dull and utterly twisted. The p ...more
Jan 15, 2014 Deborah rated it it was amazing
Great book on how a homicide case is investigated . I found it interesting and informative without the story turning into a dull piece of facts. Great author who provides background information in a manner that builds the story yet still supplies valid informative information.
Lynda Kelly
Dec 31, 2015 Lynda Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
This was a very comprehensive and interesting book about the I-5 killer prolific in the 1980s mainly. He's not one I've heard of before.
What comes across well are the police and investigative personnel in this account and the great job a lot of them did in bringing him to justice. Even decades after they persisted in wanting his prosecution for other girls he'd killed since he was only prosecuted for the one case which really wasn't good enough but seems the best way these days a lot of the time
Mar 27, 2012 Angie rated it liked it
So my cousins just moved, and after taking 6+ boxes of books to Powell's and only being able to sell 2 of them*, they gave the rest to me. Which also somehow is 6+ boxes so I'm convinced my otherwise smart cousins can't count, but that's beside the point.

This is a good, basic real life crime synopsis book. The author couldn't get the killer himself to be interviewed for the book, which is disappointing, but it does a good job of summarizing the process to catch the killer, including the mess-ups
Jul 27, 2016 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, cops, non-fiction
This is a really thoroughly researched book which tracks the progress of a crime I was completely unfamiliar with - that of the 'I-5 Killer' Roger Kibbee. It is a fascinating insight into the investigation of a serial killer and how various jurisdictions can seriously himder police efforts.

My final thought was of the killer's wife Harriet. She knew, she may have been in denial but he had admitted the crime and she dumped evidence such as a diamond ring belonging to one of the victims! Despicable
George Sherwood
Dec 24, 2015 George Sherwood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book kept my attention and it was worth the cost. It is mostly police procedural rather than forensic science as the trace evidence becomes a dominant factor at the end. Another interesting book would be to compare this science with the updated forensic science of today after the 2009 critique of forensic science by a National Academy of Sciences committee. Would the trace evidence science still hold up? That question does not subtract from the value of Trace Evidence as a good read, howeve ...more
Lorraine Grillo
Sep 14, 2016 Lorraine Grillo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book is very well written and very thoroughly researched. All of the information is fully presented and made understood but in an easy to read, page turning way. Thank God they got him off the streets! My only hope is the families of these poor women find some sort of peace. Hopefully Mr. Kibbe will die a slow painful death because that is what he truly deserves!
Jan 03, 2015 Shelley rated it it was amazing
If you like CSI type shows, you will love this book. If you like a thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat, you will love this book. If you like true crime, you will love this book. A fascinating look at a case that hinged on trace evidence and 'trace trace' evidence and into the baffling mind of a serial killer.
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Bruce Henderson is the author of more than twenty nonfiction books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller And the Sea Will Tell. His latest book, Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler, will be published by William Morrow in July 2017. An award-winning journalist and author, Henderson has taught reporting at USC Sc ...more
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