The Serial Killer Whisperer: How One Man's Tragedy Helped Unlock the Deadliest Secrets of the World's Most Terrifying Killers
After suffering a horrific head injury, fifteen-year-old Tony Ciaglia discovered he could no longer control his emotions or social responses and found himself ...more
My name is Tony Ciaglia, and I am a traumatic brain injury survivor. I am also the subject of this book, The Serial Killer Whisperer. I love to go online and read the mixed reviews of this book. I do understand that because of the controversial subject matter, this book is not for everyone. Some have questioned the sanity of my parents and brother as to how they could let me engage in such a hobby talking with such heinous people. I can assure you all that I have the most loving f ...more
- An incredible account of how a family and, in particular, a boy overcame an unsurmountable situation. And even managed to build something remarkable in the process.
- An account of pen-palling with serial killers. Well, this is one kind of fascination. Let's hope it works for everyone involved.
Endearing: This boy's ability to go over his newfound limitations and his family doing all of that to get him to live his life to the full.
Creepy: the serial killer par ...more
My plan while reading Serial Killer Whisperer was not to review the book on GR. I was reluctant to share that I actually read this going so far as to suggest it to a GR friend through a message who I knew would want to read it rather than sharing my thoughts by posting any co ...more
I'll be the first to admit that I am somewhat fascinated by true crime books, mostly to the extent that they explore the darker side of human nature. The blurb on the back of this book also reminded me of a character from Hannibal the TV series, Will Graham, a sort of savant who has an uncanny ability to empathize, allowing him to feel and think like the killers he is attempting to profile.
Needless to say, the main character in this book (Tony) is no Will Graham ...more
It's a good story, I enjoyed reading it, it's fairly well written (though quite disorganized) and I have a couple of complaints. First is with the title/subtitle. It's incredibly misleading. SPOILER: Tony doesn't get any secrets from any serial killers until the epilogue. The EPILOGUE!!! Sure he talks to them often by mail and phone but is he told secrets? No. It's more like he's cannon fodder the way they detail their kills to him, but hey, no one should expect stories about rainbows from these ...more
In his thirties, Tony saw the commonly quoted fact that most serial killers that have been caught and profiled suffered head injuries as children, although not as serious as the one he had. Tony began corresponding with many serial killers i ...more
Really interesting story and really messed up!
It's fucked u ...more
A young man (Tony) has a horrific accident, suffering traumatic brain injury (TBI). The damage manifests itself as periodic fits of uncontrollable rage, defensiveness, memory issues, and social miscues, all of which alienate him from his former friends and society at large. His parents and brother stick by him, and wi ...more
This book is not for the squeamish. It contains brutal letters from serial killers describing their crimes in graphic detail. Without having read the book, one will first wonder what purpose this serves. Is it gratuitous and voyeuristic or does it serve so ...more
I'd already written this review until my browser crapped out. GRRRRR. Anyway, to sum it up: Good story, good composition, basic writing, dumb title. I'd seen a movie called "Dear Mr. Gacy" this Spring. It's a true story about a young guy who wrote to some serial killers: Dahmer, Manson, Ramirez, and Gacy. And he didn't just write to them he got involved with them. The people here who have issue with Tony's parents and their involvement would ...more
So apparently I am fussy as all get out about audiobook readers. This one drove me crazy by having a Serial Killer Voice, so that all the serial killers, and there are several in this book, sounded like Henchman #2 in a '50s gangster movie. Also, the way he said "traumatic brain injury"--every time but once--like it was the first time he'd ever said it and it needed extra emphasis because it was so exotic ...
Like I said. Fussy.
The book itself suffers from not quite knowing wh ...more
This book is well written by Pete Earley and the Audio book was narrated by Alan Sklar, one of the best narrators around.
BUT BE WARNED - this is not just a true crime book and IT IS NOT for the squeamish. This Book is not what you would first expect, as it is so much more. As a reader you are drawn into the minds of these monsters, murderers and rapist like no other book has. This book is filled with actual brutal letters from serial killer ...more
I was not scandalized by the material because I have also interacted closely with inmates, worked in hospitals and attended autopsies, etc.; (Criminal Justice degrees).
WARNING: This book includes GRAPHIC descriptions of murder, rape, incest and cannibalism. It is not a read for the faint of heart or those who might be triggered by these descriptions.
I had a look of disgust on my face throughout parts of the book and some of it was hard to read but the insights from serial killers was worth the discomfort. Hearing how they pick their victims was ...more
Pete Earley's The Serial Killer Whisperer tells the story of Tony Ciaglia, a boy with a head injury who gains an obsession with contacting America's most infamous serial killers. The book follows the life of the Ciaglia family throughout Texas to Nevada, where they simultaneously deal with Tony's brain injury and his dark world of serial killers. Tony's head injury causes him to be obsessive and easily angered, greatly burdening the Ciaglia family, who have to constantly force him to take his me...more
The backstory to the book is fascinating--a man with a significant brain injury contact ...more
After a 14-year career in journalism, including six years at The Washington Post, Pete became a full-time author with a commitment to expose the stories that entertain and surprise.
His honest ...more