A very interesting and detailed account of a true psychopath.
I received this book as part of a Goodreads “First Reads” contest giveaway and I have agreed to provide an honest review.I very much enjoy reading true crime novels, so this book was right up my alley.The author, John O’Rourke, is a 26-year veteran of the New Jersey State Troopers, so he was able to provide a comprehensive and gripping account of the lengthy career of this serial killer.
This is a fairly quick read at only 127 pages, and there are several captioned black & white photographs scattered throughout.The author was very good about providing detailed accounts of the people and places involved, so I was really able to get an image in my mind of what things looked like.However, for those who may be a bit more squeamish, there were no overly-graphic details of the crime scenes themselves (at least in my opinion).
The books provides a thorough background into the life of “Jersey Shore Thrill Killer” Richard Biegenwald, which gives the reader an idea of what may have led him to carry out these brutal murders.The author also provides a succinct history of the court proceedings once Biegenwald was finally captured, but the details of the court proceedings do not go overboard.I tend to be more interested in the history and details of the perpetrator and crimes themselves when reading this type of novel, and less interested in the actual court proceedings. I felt this book contained just the right balance of both.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading good true crime novels.