Back of the Cover: On February 13, 1982, twenty-one-year-old Mary Brown accepted a ride from a handsome, polite stranger in the ski resort town of Breckenridge, Colorado. Hours later, her battered, bloodied body was treated by emergency room doctors who couldn't believe a human being could have inflicted such massive traumatic injuries. Mary would miraculously survive her hellish encounter with the vicious presdator whose rape and beating all but killed her. But his violence had just begun... Police quickly ound the vehicle in which Mary had been assaulted- a truck wiht a smashed windshield and a blood-smeared intereiour. And it wasn't long befoire its owner- mild-mannered, blue-eyed Tom Luther-p pled quilty and was convicted. But ten years later, the suystem that should have put Luther away for good released a hardened, more psychotic, and much more dangerous criminal. And this time, he swore his victims would never live to testify against him. One cop was obsessed wiht catchins this brutal killer- and pinning at least one Colorado murder on him. But as Luther led Detective Scott Richardsom throught a maze of lies and deception, the stakes began to rigse. From the Rockies to West Virginia, young women were coming face to face with a murderous monster raging our of control. And none of them were coming out alive.
My review: This is a true crime book. I love true crime and read as many cases as I can.. This book made me sad and I really felt sorry for Mary Brown to have undergone such a horrific tragedy only to have the guy released and have to relive it all over again and wonder if he was going to come back and finish the job. I also think that Tom Luther is a low life and should have never been allowed to go free the first time.
this book was amazing. Such detail.. i could feel the horror his victims went through.. and cried several times throughout the book.
I couldnt put it down once I started reading it. Truly, one of the best true crime books I have ever read.
Interesting account of the investigation and eventual apprehension/conviction of serial killer Tom Luther. The author is a journalist by profession and you can tell he did his research. In fact, if anything, the book could have used a heavier hand in the editing as it includes details that don't really add to the overall story and is repetitious at times. That being said, it was a good read and this edition even includes a 2013 update regarding several of the people involved in or impacted by Luther's crimes, including Luther himself.
Tom Luther, a sociopath and a serial killer, leaves a trail of beaten, bloodied, raped and, sometimes, dead women in his path wherever he goes. While convicted for at least one murder, an assault, and a rape, there is strong suspicion and some evidence that he has many more victims who will never be identified nor see their day in court. This book is an absorbing account of the investigation that also delves into the lives of Luther's social circle and describes the impact of his crimes and of the investigation on the victims, their families, and the detective conducting the lengthy investigation. It is appalling how our laws and legal procedures can be twisted to subvert justice as they attempt to protect the rights of the accused.
If I'm not mistaken, this was Jackson's first book. I would be interested in reading more books by this author assuming the editing improves.
FROM THE PUBLISHER
On February 13, 1982, 21-year-old Mary Brown accepted a ride from a man in the ski town of Breckenridge, Colorado--and was raped and beaten. When his truck was found, Tom Luther pled guilty and was convicted. Ten years later, he was released from prison. He swore that his victims would never live to testify against him. Soon, from the Rockies to Virginia, young women were turning up dead at his hands. Includes 12 pages of photos.
THE LAST THING THESE PRECIOUS GIRLS SAW WAS THE FACE OF A MONSTER....
The system releases a psychotic, dangerous criminal to kill.
From the back cover - On February 13, 1982, twenty-one-year-old Mary Brown accepted a ride from a handsome, polite stranger in the ski resort town of Breckenridge, Colorado. Hours later, her battered, bloodied body was treated by emergency room doctors who couldn't believe a human being could have inflicted such massive traumatic injuries. Mary would miraculously survive her helish encounter with the vicious predator whose rape and beating all but killed her. But his violence had just begun...