Have you ever come face to face with the devil? In a tapestry of sports, business, and dating, there is an evil presence that is not quite visible to anyone: The Bedroom Strangler. A serial killer that scales fifteen storey buildings, enters through the balcony, and stealthily slithers under the bedroom bed, with the sole intent of raping and murdering innocent women in their sleep. He has been classified as the worst serial killer in Ontario history and Canada's most dangerous criminal ever, operating at the height of London's 40 year serial killer period, from 1974 - 1978.
The Bedroom Strangler is a member of a gym. It is the same gym the protagonist managed during the 1970's. Members of the gym trained and worked out together, never knowing their friend's true nature. In fact, Mike even introduced the killer to a female member friend at a gym party, a woman who lived in the same building as the murderer; a woman who would become his last victim. As a result of unprecedented tactics by police, Mike ends up becoming part of the investigation-but will he be able to stop this evil predator? It took 40 years to write this story and it's important to remember that this story is being told by someone who was there.
Origen: A True Story of Evil truly began when Mike's real-life persona, Peter J. Perry, was just 17 years old. At the time, he was just a student of St. Mary's College in Sault St. Marie who would carry out heated discussions with a priest, Father Lawlor, about the existence of the devil. Father Lawlor tells him that one day he might meet someone so evil, he will surely know the devil exists, and maybe he will do some good by it. And we will. Part of the proceeds of this novel are being contributed to good causes to respect both the victims and Father Lawlor.
The novel's title reflects a belief about the dynamic forms of energy as Origen believed that demons can take human form and humans can also be demonized. What follows is inspired by true events. All the names of characters have been changed and many of the events happened, although not all.
This painting of the gym scene, the dating scene, the underground fighting martial arts scene, the psychiatric scene, and Origen's beliefs may cause you to rethink the devil. If you dare to read the contents of this book, you can come to your own conclusion: Is there more to evil than what we think?
Based on an original screenplay by Peter Perry and Geoff Hart.
PETER J. PERRY’S athletic accomplishments include being an eight-time Canadian open powerlifting champion from 1976-1984. He won the North American powerlifting championship in 1979, and dedicated his trophy to the woman he promised he would dedicate it to in this novel, Jessica. Peter was also the U.S. deadlift champion in 1980, International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World Open fifth place in 1982, World Masters level-one drug-free powerlifting champion in 1991, and three-time Canadian Masters Powerlifting champion in the years 1991, 1992 and 1993. Best gym lifts certified by the IPF judge are: squat at 750 lbs, bench press at 450 lbs and deadlift at 775 lbs at a body weight of 208 lbs. Knee wraps and squat suit plus a lifting belt were the only pieces of equipment used.
Peter founded Peter Perry Insurance Agency LTD in 1978 and is still the operating president. The company is a London-based insurance and investment brokerage specializing in RRSPs, tax-free savings accounts, segregated funds, tax shelters, RRIFs & LIFs, creditor proofing, annuities, educational savings plans, GICs, and Mortgage insurances. Being a certified and award-winning independent brokerage allows Peter to custom-tailor financial portfolios to suit the specific needs of the client and easily make amendments as one journeys through the various stages of their life. Peter’s acclaimed background in health and fitness as a drug-free world & Canadian powerlifting champion makes him particularly mindful of retirement, health and long-term planning and incorporating all aspects of life into the advice he provides his clients. Click here to learn more about Peter’s athletic accomplishments.
Some interesting facts about Peter are that he was born in Toronto but grew up in Sault Ste. Marie. He became a St. Mary’s Knight due to his academics and sports and is a graduate of St. Mary’s College in Sault Ste. Marie. He was the manager of Vic Tanny’s gym from 1974 to 1978 before launching his insurance company and beginning a new career path.
This is a gripping novelization of a true crime serial killer. The authors veer into the mystical church history (possessions, evil, demons) but not enough. As a true crime book this was probably a 4 star book (with some bad typos/editing errors) which was compelling. The story of Origen was actually more interesting than a true crime novel but the authors didn't commit to the concept. Much was not explained and it seemed very half hearted. I would have been interested in more about Origen and how various players in this story believed in this evil. So: well plotted, revealed, and good concept just not 100% executed this edition.
This was an intriguing tale of tracking down a serial killer, how they can be right in our midst without us knowing. It took a bit to figure out who it was though there were clues. I found it disturbing yet engrossing and had a hard time putting the book down. Some of the appendices brought forth some theories that were unexpected and thought provoking. I recommend this story.
I received a copy of this story through Goddess Fish Promotions, and this is my unsolicited review.
Ouch. Out of 732 books read, this is only the 5th to experience the ignominy oh being added to my abandoned shelf. I made it through the introduction and prologue, and settled in to read a gripping true crime book. Yeah, no.
I hold no claim to be an expert in grammar or punctuation. I’m a psychology graduate student, not an English major. With that in mind, the fact that the first few pages of the main part of the book had errors that caught my eye says something. What it says isn’t good. Where there should be commas are periods followed by strange capitalization. Prepositions are missing in the narration, but may or may not be present on exposition.
At one point, it appears that time-travel is introduced, as well. In one paragraph, the victim gets out of the shower, the killer can hear the “bending sound” (I’ll just let that one lay there…) of her wrapping her hair in a towel, followed by the unfortunate young lady pouring herself a glass of wine. We are then led to believe that the killer has used the shadows to glide into her bedroom before she can enter it. He is, after all, “always one step ahead.” But…the very next paragraph had the same woman stepping out of the shower again, and the killer is enjoying the misty steam as he hides outside of the bathroom. She is then pouring another glass of wine, and going into her bedroom where the villain has once again silently entered. Yeah. I read these paragraphs to my wife and daughter to make sure I wasn’t missing something.
The book is written in third person. As such, one would expect character internal monologue to be either italicized or set off in quotation marks. In the 9 pages I struggled through, this only occurred once. I found myself rereading sections to understand when the thoughts stopped and the narration resumed.
Finally, one sentence simply reads, “Before long, sleep comes quickly.” I haven’t seen redundancy like that since I left government contracting. Does that signify another time slip whereby she fell asleep in her bed before making it into bed? I won’t even mention that tenses are well and truly mixed in the few pages that I tried to enjoy.
These are all problems that should have been caught in proofreading and editing. These are not errors that will be caught by documents check in Word. A good editor or proofreader would have picked up there errors and called the author to hopefully inform them that a second pass might be prudent.
This book is based on a very true and unfortunate crime spree that took the lives of unsuspecting people and earned the place as Ontario’s worst serial killer. The murderer could have been anyone. Yet the protagonist here knew the killer. Not like that though, he had no idea that his friend from the gym would be the person the police were looking for. And no idea that the woman he introduced to the killer would be his final victim. The story was very engrossing and put the clues right in front of your face.
What the story did not have, was a decent editor. There are many verbiage issues and editing problems starting on the first couple of pages. That may not bother some but when the story is great and the writing is so so it makes it harder to read in a faster pace.
3 out of 5 stars
Thank you to Goodreads as well as the author/publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.
I enjoy true crime stories and this is one I wasn’t familiar with. It took place when I was a teenager and you know how they think they’ll live forever.
I went into this thinking it would be about a serial killer and how he committed his murders and was finally caught. It was about that. But, it also delved into the concept of demons and the devil. Whether their existence was real and how those beliefs might have influenced the perpetrator, Origen, was particularly intriguing for me. Several scenes were very impactful and a couple felt a bit too drawn out. All in all, I never wanted to stop reading the book and went on to research this crime on the computer. I’m sure what the witnesses to this evil went through changed them forever.
I received a complimentary copy. My review is voluntarily given.
A lot of hype over this book but I just don't see it. While the story itself is horrific I found the writing poorly lacking. The book at times didn't even appear to be proofread. However, after saying that I did find a couple good quotes; "I like to be kind, friendly, respectful and help others. I think it helps that I'm not really shy at all." "Believe in your instincts, Trust your own intuition, Tell others your suspicions so someone will know what is happening in your world. And be aware of who you are in company of because the possibilities are very real that evil will find another form to show it's horrific side of whom it chooses." I was encouraged to read it since it takes place in London, Ontario but the furthest from my mind.
I went through many feelings whilst reading this......sadness, anxiety, disbelief to name a few. It's hard to think of being many floors up and not being safe.
Although this happened years ago it still makes you stop and realise that things like this still happen. The thought of knowing a serial killer, being friendly with one, sends a shiver down my spine. How Mike, and the others, dealt with that afterwards, well, it's a testament to their inner strength.
I like how all the details thread together and the way things are easy to understand without being overly technical.
This was definitely an interesting story. I love true crime, so I was really interested in this fictional retelling based on true events. The tension in the book kept the plot moving forward smoothly, and I kept wondering what would happen next. At times, I felt like the descriptions were a little over the top, bogging down the story, and at others they were absolutely perfect, especially when describing the killer. If you’re a true-crime fan, whether you’re familiar with this particular serial killer or not, I think you’ll greatly enjoy this book.