This book is very clearly NOT for the faint of heart. We're talking even dead babies here...in this book NOTHING is sacred. And shows [thankfully] everything but in black and white....I don't think I could have handled the COLORED shots. From decapitated heads, to woman sawed in pieces to hangings, to children killed by their parents....it's all here including suicides by shotguns. Anyone who has ever wondered what the cops REALLY witness at crime scenes and why their rate of suicide or job burn-out is at an almost 98% rate---- needs to see this book, and you'll wonder no more. All Considering cops do NOT get paid enough to do what they do and you'll clearly see what I mean when you look through these pages. This is gruesome with a capital G.
I have absolutely no idea how to rate this. And that's a first for me. I had no idea there was any collection like this out there. Finding it on a shelf in Borders I was shocked speechless while thumbing through.
I used to read a lot of true crime books, and still read them on occasion so my curiosity has been there for a long time, years at least. So I knew I wanted to go through this and I know I'll go through a few other books I've found since this.
But this is a shocker. I don't know a single person that I would recommend this to who hasn't already seen it. The two people I can think of have already seen it. It's not for everyone. It's hardly for anyone I'd say.
The pictures of the children are hard to look at. They're all hard to look at but looking at a mutilated baby is just beyond words. I think the part that I'm most curious about is the actual human body. Our bodies do amazing, amazing things in different circumstances. Looking at a great many of these photos you just can't believe the body was able to do what it did. In some photos a face morphed into the kind of mess you just can hardly believe is real. You just can't wrap your brain around it without a photo staring you in the face.
I think I'd have like to have met Huddleston. I liked the intro guessing at Huddleston's reasons for his scrapbook. Who knows why he collected these pictures? I think maybe it's right on that he wanted others to have to see what he had to see.
I think this might just make someone thinking about suicide stop to think twice. Some, not all of course. But one thing a person probably doesn't think of is their body after - this shows that perfectly.