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12 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 12, 1997

iment highlights from Sept. 14 through Sept. 20 ...
"The Three Faces of Eve," starring Joanne Woodward and Lee J.
red in Atlanta. .

Shocking 'Monster' incites fear


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and the possibility that they could be
just about anyone.
But the new book by former FBI
agent Robert K. Ressler (the man who
coined the term "serial killer") provides
a great deal of insight on what goes on
inside the mind of a serial killer. In his
new book, "I Have Lived in the
Monster" (written with Tom
Schachtman), Ressler expounds on how
he developed the art of profiling mur-
derers and how he used this art to catch
elusive killers.
Ever since he retired from the FBI's
Behavioral Science Unit, Ressler has
been in high demand. He has been
sought by law enforcement agencies
from all over the world to assist in
investigating baffling crimes.
Currently, he is involved in the
JonBenet Ramsey murder case and in
the Richard Jewell Olympic Park
bombing lawsuit.
"I Have Lived in the Monster" is fas-
cinating as Ressler takes us on a tour of
how he works. He first explains how he
solved a 1994 murder in Japan by a
prominent young doctor. The criminal
profile he created for the investigators
using the clues from how the victims
were killed and disposed of forced a
confession from the killer.
In the book, Ressler also describes
his work on prominent murder cases
such as the ABC Murders in South
Africa, the shooting of the Japanese


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exchange student killed in Louisiana
(Yoshihiro Hattori) and the Aum cult's
sarin bombing of Japan's subways. In
each of these cases, Ressler discusses
motives, methods and explorations of
the killer or killers' psyche.
The book includes two revealing
interviews with John Wayne Gacy
("responsible for more deaths than any
other lone killer before him") and
Jeffrey Dahmer.
"I Have Lived in the Monster"
gives a great deal of insight into a
killer's mind, while providing all of
the shocking details of the crimes.
The book is intriguing but extremely
morbid at the same time, not to be
read by the weak-hearted. Ressler is
meticulously detailed in his descrip-
tions while stating them in the fashion
of one who has objectively observed
brutal crimes for so long. His style is
extremely candid, which, given the
subject matter, takes getting used to
while reading this book.
"I Have Lived in the Monster" is a
book that intrigues but makes you
queasy at the same time. It reveals more
than you ever wanted to know about
serial killers and famous crimes com-
mitted by serial killers, as told by the
world's foremost expert. The material
inside is so extremely shocking and dis-
turbing (particularly the interviews)
that the book should probably have a
disclaimer on the cover.
If you decide to read this book, you
should proceed with caution. And defi-
nitely be prepared to be horrified.
- Julia Shih
Guilty As Sin
Tami Hoag
Bantam Books
"Guilty As Sin," a new suspense
thriller by Tami Hoag, details a chilling
nightmare that throws a little town in
Minnesota into mass terror and confu-
Deer Lake is a small, peaceful com-
munity where burglaries and drunk dri-
ving are considered hard-core crimes.
But when 8-year-old Josh Kirkwood
disappears with only his jacket and a
sadistic note left behind, the town is
rocked by this shocking crime, con-
vinced that this horrendous deed is the
work of a dangerous madman.

With all the clues pointingto Garr
Wright, a psychology professor at t
local university and a respected men
her of society, it is up to prosecut
Ellen North to bring him down.
But the case is complicated whe
with Wright behind bars, Josh
returned and another boy disappear
North is convinced that this is th
of an accomplice, and remains ete
mined to bring Wright to justice. B
with much of the public supporti
Wright, and with the odds stacked
against her, North will have to use all
her wits to obtain her goal.
"Guilty As Sin" is a tense and sati
fying exploration of a criminal's abili
to manipulate the minds of many.
book illustrates how a whole town ca
be brought to its knees by a cold-Uo
ed maniac - especially when no
really sure who is toying with them.
Hoag proves herself to be an expert
building suspense, as North is in a
obvious race against time. Meanwhil
any of the people around her could
secretly intending to stop her quest fc
justice. With so many things that coul
go wrong, and with so many ways i
which the protagonists' lives coul
come to a violent end, "Guilty A.n
is one novel that holds readers in a vise
like grip.
The characters in this book are als
interesting and well-developed
Characters such as the professiona
and brave Ellen North, the seductiv
and mysterious writer Jay Butle
Brooks, and the hot-tempered fathe
of the kidnapped boy, Paul Kirkwood
give "Guilty As Sin" added depth an
intrigue. Hoag is adept at hiding th<
intentions and motivations of.0s
characters, leaving readers wonder
ing about what lies beneath thei
The only problem that "Ouilty A
Sin" encounters is that it ~sometime
takes too much time in weaving th
story. Occasionally, Hoag seems to<
verbose, slowing down the pae of th
book needlessly. Her surprise aind excit
ing ending would have been much -pr
dynamic had she been able to ma ii
a quicker pace.
As a whole, "Guilty As Sin" is a grip
ping and suspenseful book that help
readers overcome ennui by providing
thrilling psychological roller coaster.
But after the last page, has beei
read and the minor adrenaliiie ruth i:
gone, in the same fashion of today'
exciting but shallow action~ m ies
"Guilty As Sin" is guilty of b~in eas
ily forgotten.
-.Juli at


The 1997 "Run for the Roses" Pep Rally
Sponsored by Media*One, Cottage Inn, Nike and Josta
Today at 6:30
556 S. State St. In front of Alpha Delta Phi

Featuring Coach Carr, New Athletic Director Goss,
Team Captains, Cheerleaders, Dance Team and
Marching Band
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