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Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog -- Killed 5 people before their 21st birthdays but then waited more than a decade to kill again.

Authorities are attempting to verify whether Wesley wrote the confession letter that bears his name. The letter bearing the supposed signatures of Shermantine and 2 other inmates at the San Joaquin County Jail, was forwarded to detectives. Addressed "To Whom It May Concern," the letter says Shermantine would be willing to confess to the killings of Chevelle "Chevy" Wheeler and Cyndi Vanderheiden in exchange for prosecutors' assurances he would not receive the death penalty. The letter states he would be willing to confess and divulge the locations of Wheeler and Vanderheiden's bodies to spare his family and the relatives of the victims grief.

John and Theresa Vanderheiden are desperate to find the body of their daughter Cyndi, raped and murdered in 1998. The family will reward $20,000 to anyone who can lead them to her body except the one person who wants to take their offer: the man convicted of perpetrating the crime. He says he knows where Cyndi's body is. To divulge the information, he feels he can fairly claim the $20,000.

Slayer of Innocence by Jim Conover -- A predator pedophile serial killer on the loose for many years. 16 young boys disappeared under similar circumstances and 14 murdered. This predator made the Midwest his killing field 1972 - 1979 when lawmen caught his track.

The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers
by Michael Newton
--Cases of serial murder, law enforcement agent techniques, factors that contribute to the development of a serial killer, and how society punishes vicious criminals. The realities of serial murder versus myths depicted in film and television, key figures on both sides of the law, pivotal cases and events that shape law enforcement response.

The A-Z Encyclopedia of Serial Killers
by Harold Schechter, David Everitt Collection of information about serial killers, black widows, bluebeards, killer couples, Lustmord, Nazi buffs, power tools, pyromania and trophies. Cross-indexed, bw illustrations.

Killing for Sport: Inside the Minds of Serial Killers
by Pat Brown
An insight into the minds of serial killers. While other profilers A portrayal of the predator-next-door, how he hunts for victims, why he tortures them, where he stash their bodies, and more.

A Goodfella's Guide to New York: Your Personal Tour Through the Mob's Notorious Haunts, Hair-Raising Crime Scenes, and Infamous Hot Spots by Henry Hill, Bryon Schreckengost

The Hillside Stranglers by Darcy O'Brien -- For weeks in the fall of 1977, as the body count of sexually violated murdered young women escalated, the Los Angeles newspapers headlined the serial killer they named the Hillside Strangler. But another year passed and the mysterious disappearance of 2 women in Seattle before the police arrested Kenny Bianchi-and discovered the strangler was two men, Bianchi and his cousin Angelo Buono.

Perfect Poison
by M. William Phelps
In Northampton, Massachusetts, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Kristen Gilbert was a dedicated nurse so why were her patients dying? So many sudden deaths occurred colleagues called her the "Angel of Death." Gilbert's facade concealed a liar and narcissistic sociopath. She sabotaged patients to strike back at staffers. She engaged in an obsessive affair with hospital security guard, James Perrault. When her husband objected, she tried to kill him with a lethal injection. August 1995 - February 1996, helpless patients trusted a killer, her weapon a drug capable of causing fatal heart attacks. Kristen may be responsible for 40 deaths. As law closed faking suicide attempts, harassing witnesses, stalking her ex-boyfriend, and terrorizing the hospital with bomb threats.

Lethal Intent
by Sue Russell
That rarest of serial killers - a woman - Aileen 'Lee' Wuornos always craved fame. Long before she was hunted and caught by Florida law enforcement, long before she confessed to killing seven men, she told friends that she wanted to do something "no woman has ever done before" and to have a book about her life. Lethal Intent reveals Aileen's devastating double abandonment by her mother before she was age two, the crimes of her father, and the myriad events that helped set her path of destruction. It even contests the widespread superficial judgment of Wuornos as a "man-hating lesbian" via new insights from men with whom she shared sexual and romantic relationships. Lethal Intent also explores the dynamics of her fateful relationship with Tyria Moore, the lesbian lover who knew Aileen was killing yet stayed by her side, and how those dynamics moved Aileen closer to a life of murder. Packed with exclusive material that sheds a different light on this cold-blooded serial killer, Lethal Intent contains new insights and intimate memories from her family, friends and childhood peers. (Peers who lost their virginities to Aileen, who began prostituting herself at a horribly early age.)

The Execution of a Serial Killer: One Man's Experience Witnessing the Death Penalty
by Joseph D. Diaz

Diaz exposes the mind of a deranged and violent serial killer and the origins of the criminal's deadly urges. He transports the reader to inside the death chamber of the Florida State Prison. It describes the life and the death of a serial killer, and the impact his execution had on a witness the killer never even knew.

Signature Killers by Robert D. Keppel, William J. Birnes .
Compelling insights into the murderer, whose key characteristic is he kills multiple people, and leaves a signature behind at every crime scene. Keppel's been involved in more than 2,000 murder investigations, 50 high-profile serial cases. He covers "the essence of torture," "the anger-retaliation signature," "the picquerism signature," "the psychological imprint of a sadist," "the retaliation-to-excitation continuum," and why Jeffrey Dahmer is "the black hole at the end of the continuum."

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