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The Paradiso Files: On the Trail of Boston's Unknown Serial Killer

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  103 ratings  ·  16 reviews
In this bold and suspenseful true-crime story, former homicide prosecutor Timothy M. Burke makes his case against one Leonard Paradiso. Lenny “The Quahog” was convicted of assaulting one young woman and paroled after three years, but Burke believes that he was guilty of much more – that Paradiso was a serial killer who operated in the Boston area, and maybe farther afield, ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published December 2nd 2008 by Steerforth (first published January 1st 2008)
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Tanya Allen
really interesting story about a very evil man who got away with murder for years!
What an incredible book! Reading it from the perspective of a former victim/witness advocate, I have a great deal of appreciation and love in my heart for the author, Tim Burke. We may never know officially if "The Fat Man" killed Joan Webster, but Burke made it his mission to put a sadistic, misogynistic monster away forever, definintely saving lives while he avenged those Paradiso took away.
Aug 22, 2008 Paula rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Paula by: the author
I loved this book! Of course, I am emotionally connected to any parent who is suffering as these people are and coming from Hamilton, I remember the day they found Joan
Webster's body like it was yesterday. This book was so informative for those of us who are not of that world.
Can I give it more stars?
This was better than expected, and being from the area very engrossing. The raw images of this murderer were hard to forget and I recommend to anyone interested in true crime, forensics, etc.
Elizabeth Tremayne
This guy (Paradiso) was a real creepy guy and it's just amazing that he didn't get caught for so many years. His crimes were unreal, but what was more unreal was the fakey (and sometimes hokey) way the prosecutor (and author) described his and his friend's interactions. This excessive detail (unnecessary and uninteresting) really did take away from the latter part of the book, as it was so irritating. Still, the story amazes. It's sad that such horrible people can get away with such gruesome thi ...more
Eve Carson
The truth does eventually surface. There are things only family might know. Mr. Burke's account is distorted and glosses over glaring inconsistencies with the facts surrounding the Joan Webster case. This is an open murder investigation and Burke does not support his allegations with information that remains in police files. Her case is a topic on numerious discussion boards. It would be beneficial for readers to learn the facts and circumstances in the case instead of swallowing Burke's implaus ...more
Very well written. An interesting read.
Author Tim Burke spent years in the front lines bringing the worst criminals in the Boston area to justice. In this compelling story, he relates the true tale of Lenny "The Quahog" Paradiso, a first hand account of the downfall of one of the monsters' who victimize so many innocent people in our world. Sad, but true, it is a book that clearly paints a picture of how one the worst creatures of society took a murderous toll on many unfortunate women.
3.5 stars. Interesting story, but really started to drag on about halfway through the book. Also got tired of hearing about what song was playing in the background every 3 pages or so. Could have been a lot shorter.
Very interesting book that looks into the mind of serial killer Lenny Paradiso (Boston; circa 1980's) and the work that went into his capture.
This was a good book. It was fast moving and no boring courtroom scenes.
Mark Sampson
Non-stop page turner true crime story set in Boston. Great/easy read.
Very good, interesting, straight forward and easy to follow...
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Timothy M. Burke grew up in rural upstate New York. The youngest of twelve children, he is a graduate of Syracuse University and Northeastern University School of Law. He successfully prosecuted more than twenty-five murder cases and more than fifty major felonies while assigned to the Homicide Unit of the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, including heading an investigation into the crimi ...more
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