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The Bayou Strangler by Fred Rosen
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The author's note states: "This story is based on primary, on-the-scene reporting in the bayous of Louisiana; the investigative transcript of the case; and extended interviews with the primary detectives."

This book tells the story of Ronald J. Dominique, who killed more victims than any other serial killer in the United States during the past two decades. His reign of terror took place around the same time frame that Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer, was on the loose in Kansas. However, Dominique's choice of prey kept his crimes low on the radar. The detectives that put the case together soon discover that when the victims are prostitutes, society, including law enforcement, really doesn’t care that much about them.

If Dominique had only chosen different victims, whose lives were more valued by society, then the state might have acted earlier to assemble a task force to track down this serial killer. Once the case broke open, the anonymity of the task force was whisked away and the public, the media, and the justice department demanded answers. Through it all the original detectives trudged along and slowly and methodically built their case and saw it through until the end. When all the dealing is done, Dominique's “kill total” was up to twenty-three, only three serial murderers were worse: Juan Corona, who killed twenty-five ranch laborers; John Wayne Gacy, who murdered thirty-three boys and men; and Ted Bundy, known to have murdered thirty-five women.

Part one gives background and focuses on majority of killings. Part two focuses on the relentless investigation. Part three focuses on building a case, tracking, and capturing Dominique. The investigative reporting and interviews from the primary detectives really add a lot to the content of this book.

I would recommend this book to fans of true crime. I received this as a free ARC from Open Road Integrated Media on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Reading Progress

October 9, 2017 – Started Reading
October 14, 2017 – Finished Reading
October 15, 2017 – Shelved
October 15, 2017 – Shelved as: kindle

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