Monday, July 22, 2013

Arrest of Jeffrey Dahmer: Serial Killers

On this day in 1991, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested. To mark this day we're looking at books about serial killers.


My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf. In this graphic memoir, Backderf tells us the story of Jeffrey Dahmer as he new him in high school, shedding new light and perspective on him.

Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves. Kit and Fancy are the children of the Bonesaw killer, and have inherited his desire to kill. Their father got caught because of forensic evidence, but they're determined to not let that happen to them.

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. by Barry Lyga. When bodies start showing up in town, it's all too familiar to Jazz-- his father is a notorious serial killer and made sure to teach Jazz the tricks of the trade. Knowing how these things work from the other side, Jazz uses his knowledge to help track down the new killer, and to prove it isn't him. Follow it with Game.


The A. B. C. Murders: A Hercule Poirot Mystery by Agatha Christie. There's a serial killer working his way through the alphabet, and the entire country is on edge. Before every murder, Hercule Poirot gets a note from the killer-- but will he be able to catch him before he gets to Z?

What We Saw At Night by Jacquelyn Mitchard. Allie and her friends are fatally allergic to sunlight. Parkour lets them explore the world by night, but then they see a dead body, and maybe the murderer. Parkour let them feel alive, but it might not keep them so.

Tenderness by Robert Cormier. Eric killed his mother and step-father and now kills beautiful girls. Lori knows he's guilty, knows what he does, and was almost his victim, but she still can't stay away.


The Zodiac Killer: Terror and Mystery by Brenda Haugen. This nonfiction title is a bit expensive, so it's a good one to get from your library. The Zodiac Killer terrorized San Francisco in the late 60s, and was never caught.

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting. Violet can sense where dead bodies are if they've been murdered. There's a serial killer loose in her town and Violet's talents may be the key to catching him, as long as she doesn't become one of his victims first. The first in a series, follow it with Desires of the Dead.

I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells. John knows he is a sociopath, knows he's a serial killer at heart, so he keeps a strict set of rules to keep him on the right path. But when an actual murderer shows up, the town suspects John. The first in a trilogy, follow it with Mr. Monster.

We'll do more serial killers (and all the Jack the Ripper ones) in August, but what are your favorite serial killer books?

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  1. I just recently read "I Hunt Killers" and loved it. One of my guilty pleasures are reading about/watching things about serial killers. I've primarily read nonfiction (like Ann Rule) but have also read some of the Dexter series books. There a some on this list I will definitely need to read sooner rather than later!

  2. Great novels, one and all. Some I've read, others tempt me and I'm going to buy them immediately.

    My favorite novel about a serial killer or with that element is, well, mine. It's about the 15-year-old daughter of a serial killer in rural Kentucky. :) My agent, Catherine Drayton (Inkwell), will be shopping it soon. Right now it's called MY SUMMER OF CICADAS (subject to change).

    Thanks for this fantastic post!


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