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Pathological: The Murderous Rage Of Dr. Anthony Garcia

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  393 ratings  ·  47 reviews
A Brutal Serial Killer Was Stalking Omaha. But Who Could Kill With Such Precision?

Detective Derek Mois wasn’t sure what he was dealing with when in March 2008 he walked into a home in an affluent Omaha neighborhood and was confronted with the bodies of an 11-year-old boy and the housekeeper. Both had been murdered with kitchen knives plunged into their throats. Who would d
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Published December 18th 2018 by WildBlue Press
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Pathological: The Murderous Rage of Dr. Anthony Garcia

“And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?”
- William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

This was an unusual and gruesome case about a serial killer in 2008 Omaha who turned out to have a crazy ~ nasty motive once they learned it. The book was good, following the cases along with investigator Derek Mois and others trying to find out who caused the murders that were so brutal and undeserved. Who stabs to death an innocent 11-year-old boy and a
BAM Endlessly Booked
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: dropbox
Many thanks to WildBlue Press for the copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.
Linda Strong
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it

In March 2008 a young boy and his family's house cleaner were murdered with kitchen knives rammed into their throats. Detective Derek Mois was called to investigate. At first it was thought this was a robbery gone wrong, as this crime was committed in a fairly wealthy neighborhood ... but nothing was missing from the home. Mois and his team followed every lead they got, interviewed family, friends, neighbors, co-workers .... with no luck

This became a cold case until 5 years later .... when anoth
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a very well-written true crime book that is, in a way, more chilling than many others. The victims and intended victims had not engaged in risky behaviors, and couldn't think of anyone who wanted to hurt them. The fact that this killer's twisted mind blamed others for his own failures and marked them for a totally-uncalled-for "revenge" shows that with this kind of mental illness, anyone could be at risk....

I received a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for
Stephanie Borders
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Netgalley review:

This is the type of true crime I live for. Two murders occur in a quiet, wealthy suburb. The victims are an 11 year old boy and the family's housekeeper. Who would want to murder them? It's clear it wasn't a robbery, but detectives were unable to find anyone who would have reason to harm the victims or their families.

It's not until five years later that the motive behind the homicides becomes clear, and the true story that emerges is almost too strange to be true.

As I began re
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Anthony Garcia is a deeply troubled person. Hard to imagine anyone willing to kill someone years after medical school for "perceived wrongs" against him while he was a student. Truly a sick individual that inflicted pain and suffering to his victims and their families as well as his own family through his demented actions. ...more
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True crime nonfiction narratives are never pleasant. That's the nature of the topic. Throughout this book I asked myself over and over again. "Why? Why did this individual/these individuals have to die? Why is such promise forever unfulfilled? Why?" The authors of PATHOLOGICAL, Henry J. Cordes and Todd Cooper, are the journalists who covered this story for the Omaha World Herald. Their research into the crimes, the investigations, and the aftermath make for a powerful and compelling story, one w ...more
Caitlyn Lynch
Jun 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: true-crime
Ends at 70% and goes into a preview of another book, which is in violation of the terms and conditions of the Kindle Unlimited program, which stipulates that no more than 10% of any book may be 'bonus content'.

Should this be fixed at any point, the author and/or publisher are welcome to contact me to revise this review, at which point I will review the actual book.

Until then, they get what those who seek to scam the KU program by artificially inflating their page count get; one star.
Ronnie Cramer
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Chronological account of multiple revenge murders that focuses on the police investigation. The trial is dealt with concisely and efficiently, and the authors avoid the all-too-common approach of presenting every piece of information a second time.
♥ Marlene♥
So far 39 % in I am enjoying the book. Last week I decided to watch some Dateline shows I had stored on my hard drive. Guess what..? The documentary was about this case! The show made it so that you could also think the so called “doctor “ could also be innocent but by reading all about the evidence they got on him that was ludicrous!

This was a well written true crime book which I liked it. It was told through the voices of polie who tried to find out the killer and when they finally hada suspec
Hazel Bright
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
So this guy who reads at a fifth grade level somehow graduates from medical school, but then is too big a loser to make it in a residency program, goes out drunk out of his mind and kills two people that aren't even the ones he meant to kill, and even though his name is mentioned to the police twice, they still don't catch the guy until five years later when he kills two more people? When they did figure it out, the police and FBI moved fast and did a great job, but sheesh, it's scary to think h ...more
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

Pathological is a startling look into the mind of a serial killer who was bent on exacting revenge on those he believed caused his downfall as a doctor.

I live in the metro area where these murders occur and I vividly remember the shock and horror when the first two murders happened and the bafflement when no arrests were made.

The authors did a fantastic job digging into the details of the deranged mind of failed doctor Anthony Garcia, the detectives who never gave up on the case even as
Erin Wiesen
Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it
For someone unfamiliar with the case against Garcia, it’s probably an okay dive into the facts of the case and the outcome. For someone who has lived in Omaha and even half-heartedly followed the news over the past ten years, this book is largely a regurgitation of information. There were very few facts that were new to me. Large portions of the book came directly from Omaha World Herald articles written by other journalists, word for word and line for line. It starts and ends abruptly, with a d ...more
louise b janelle
Jan 08, 2020 rated it did not like it

I read only 50 pages of this book and had to stop. Did anyone edit it? It's almost impossible to read because the grammar and punctuation are either terrible or non-existent. I found myself reading a few words, a one or a sentence and then having to re-read it numerous times in an attempt to understand what the writer was trying to say; I found myself mentally reconstructing passages or sentences so they would read smoothly. Not a good way I read a book. I find it hard to believe tha
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it

I appreciated reading this account of four murders. The information is well presented. My only complaint was that in my kindle version almost a third of the book is advertising other books. I tend to look at the number of pages I a book and then decide if I will buy it. Since I read a lot, I prefer longer reads. Anyway, I would recommend this book with that caveat.

Emily Nelson
Dec 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Terrible. Just ridiculous

Please do not waste your time or money. Google Dr. Anthony Garcia. You'll know everything. I read this in a few hours and was stunned by how boring, repetitious, and amateurish it was . Ugh.
Sandra Laymon
Apr 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book is an absolute RIPOFF!!! A SCAM!

I've never experienced anything like this in the hundreds of true crime books I have read! As I was reading on my Kindle, at the 68% marker in this book, it was suddenly finished... done... completed, pictures and all! From that point on, the book was nothing but an advertisement for other books! When I buy a book on my Kindle, I always check to see how many pages are in the book because I don't want to purchase a short, skimpy book that I can read in a
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect from this. I never read true crime books. Being from the Omaha metro area and knowing one of the authors (Cordes) as both a HS classmate and a respected journalist, I purchased this book from a local bookseller. It was better than I anticipated (for not liking the genre). I found there to be considerably more detail than I recalled from reading/watching the news reports of these horrific crimes and their evolving investigations/trial. It was a well-written and grippi ...more
Jen Juenke
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
WOW! Sit down, buckle up, and be prepared to read this True Crime book in one sitting. I had never heard of this case before reading the book. I was intrigued and could not stop reading. I will not post any spoilers but I was shocked at who the killer was.
I remember reading the book and when the detectives had heard of the killer right after the first double homicides but dismissed him, I was shocked. Yet, hindsight is 20/ just breaks your heart that another double homicide had to occur b
Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked the book but I hated the fact that I was at 70% and the book was over and there was still 30% left to the book but it was all about other books. Now that is out of the way, the book itself I thought was well written and I could feel the frustration coming from the police. They did the best they could for what they had. Could they have caught him earlier if they would have been still on the case and talking to each other, yes, but life doesn't work that way, unfortunately. Props to the po ...more
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Since I live in the city where these crimes took place, it was really interesting to learn of everything that transpired when they finally caught Garcia. It showed amazing work by the police who never gave up. I ws impressed by the work of the detectives and all of the avenues they searched. I feel empathy for the families who lost their loved ones. No one ever thinks that this could happen in their home town, but it did.

Henry Cordes and Todd Cooper diod a marvelous job of relating this story.
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it

and strange case of a medical doctor gone horribly wrong; in the sense of how could a doctor who takes an oath to do no harm, become a serial killer simply because he wasn't cut out for medicine. Makes one wonder if he'd become an accountant and failed at that, would he have shot all the people in his office, like a crazed gunman, I think he would have, he was going to become a killer regardless of his occupation. (Think Dr. Shipman!)
Well told account of a horrible tragedy.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Once I began reading this book, I could not put it down. Very well written and easy to read,. Informative account of the murder of a 10 yr old child and the family housekeeper. Good account of the police work that went into bringing the murderer to justice and the work done on this case. Highly recommended. Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for the ARC of this book. Although I received the book in this manner, it did not effect my opinion of this book nor my review.
Apr 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shorter than most true crime books, which was disappointing but it was a good read. I remember the murders and the trial, having read the newspaper articles daily by the crime beat reporter, who is a co-author of the book. Not a lot of attention given to the nitty gritty of the trial, verdict or oddly, the defense lawyers who made quite a spectacle of themselves-far more than was described in the story. But we are given much insight into the painstaking investigation and the families.
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a very interesting true crime story that unfortunately reminded me of a very similar murder in South Australia in 2002. Fortunately the SA Police caught the killer very quickly, he was convicted of the crime and has been in prison since. He did have intentions to kill others who he believed had wronged him in the same way that the killer in this book did.
Jane Thompson
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
True Crime Story

This is a very interesting true crime book. It is the first one I have read that has a doctor as a murderer and this guy was a serial murderer. No matter how much a person tries, you can get rid of that trait. This is a fascinating book for the reader.
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very psychotic doctor. It's amazing that he got to medical school. I found him to be extremely psychotic, and very egotistical. This is a very good book, but the killings were awful. I believe that there are more than what they think. ...more
Sarah Estes
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very well written

I would recommend this book to those who are true crime buffs. It's an engrossing account of a case I only remember generally in the news, but the details are laid out here in exquisite form, providing the reader with an engrossing story.
Carla Ossler
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A riveting read,hard to put down

Very well written and keeps the reader interest ed. I think it was done in the correct sequence to flow properly and explain conclusions .
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Scary good

Well written, horrifying look inside a twisted mind. Not overly wordy,like some crime books . A true murder of innocents.
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