A readable account of the crimes of Randall Woodfield. Of particular interest is the way Woodfield continued to manipulate numerous women after he was convicted, by mail, from his prison cell. I found the chronology hard to follow, and as a student of personality disorders, I would have liked more psychological analysis and detail on Woodfield's formative years. The book was written in 1984, so a revised edition would be useful.
Very good book. I was amazed at this guy and how he just thought he'd never get caught. Sooner or later they always do something to get themselves caught. Excellent read, I'd reccomend to anyone who likes true crime.
As a young man, Randall Woodfield had it all--a star athlete, good looks, and an award-winning student. Working in the swinging West Coast bar scene, he had more than his share of women. But he wanted more than just sex. An appetite for unspeakable violent acts led him to cruise the I-5 highway through California to Washington, leaving a trail of victims along the way. As the list of the dead grew, the police mobilized to stop a twisted killer who had 44 known deaths to his name.
For me this one was scary. I am familiar with a lot of the places this guy because when I was stationed up in Washington State I drove up there from California and I took I-5. I drove through Oregon and all the way up to Washington. This book was creepy to me. Aside from the personal feelings this was a great book that was really in depth about this case. Ann Rule also delve into Randy Woodfield's past to set the foundation for the book. She is one of the best true crime authors ever. I have yet to read a book of hers I did not like.
This story was fascinating to read. Randall Woodfield was gifted in so many ways. He was a handsome, all-around athlete with a bright future in front of him. The author talks about the family dynamic, which is critical to understand how Randall went off the rails.
Randall came after two older sisters. He envied them because they got to do things he couldn't do. His parents had high expectations for Randall. However, he kept seeing women as controlling and rejecting. He could not handle it. So he looked for younger women who would pour adulation over him with no negative vibes. However, life isn't like that.
Randall started his deviant behavior (exposing himself), and his coaches covered it up. When the Green Bay Packers recruited him, they dropped him because he continued his abnormal behavior.
Before Randall was permanently removed from society, he had disrupted at least 44 women's lives. Moreover, because he ranged over I - 5 Highway, from Oregon through California, he committed more crimes than one might expect before he was apprehended.
The author did a masterful job of laying out Randall's story. I hope he never gets paroled; he is a danger to all women -- particularly younger females. Amazingly, Randall continues his maneuvering with women despite being in prison.
Ann Rule is one of the foremost authors of true crime. She helped mold the genre into what it is today. Ann comes from a long line of law enforcement officers, a prosecuting attorney, and a medical examiner. Ann started as a Seattle policewoman. She died in 2015.
Randall Woodfield began with exposing himself to females in junior high school and escalated to sexual assault and murder. He was intelligent, athletic,and good looking. His list of victums grew to a total of at least 44. He had a chance to make a good life for himself playing pro football and blew it!!