I: The Creation of a Serial Killer

I The Creation of a Serial Killer Prize winning journalist Jack Olsen armed with unprecedented access to one of the most infamous serial killers in American history provides a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a murderer in the k

  • Title: I: The Creation of a Serial Killer
  • Author: Jack Olsen
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  • Prize winning journalist Jack Olsen, armed with unprecedented access to one of the most infamous serial killers in American history, provides a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a murderer in the killer s own words In February 1990, Oregon State Police arrested John Sosnovke and Laverne Pavlinac for the vicious rape and murder of Taunja Bennet, a troubled 23 year Prize winning journalist Jack Olsen, armed with unprecedented access to one of the most infamous serial killers in American history, provides a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a murderer in the killer s own words In February 1990, Oregon State Police arrested John Sosnovke and Laverne Pavlinac for the vicious rape and murder of Taunja Bennet, a troubled 23 year old barfly who had suffered mild retardation since birth Pavlinac had come forth and confessed, implicating her boyfriend and producing physical evidence that linked them to the crime Authorities closed the case.There was just one problem They had the wrong people And the real killer wasn t about to let anyone take credit for his kill Keith Hunter Jesperson was a long haul truck driver and the murderer of eight women, including Taunja Bennet As the case wound through police precincts and courts ending in life sentences for both Sosnovke and Pavlinac Jesperson began a twisted one man campaign to win their release To the editors of newspapers and on the walls of highway rest stops, Jesperson scribbled out a series of taunting confessions I killed Tanya Bennett I beat her to death, raped her and loved it Yes I m sick, but I enjoy myself too People took the blame and I m free Look over your shoulder I may be closer than you think.At the end of each confession, Jesperson drew a happy face, earning for himself the grisly sobriquet The Happy Face Killer Based on access to interviews, diaries, court records, and the criminal himself, I The Creation of a Serial Killer is Jesperson s chilling story It chronicles his evolution from angry child to sociopathic murderer, from tormentor of animals to torturer of women It is also the story of the fate that befell him after two innocent citizens were imprisoned four years for one of his killings.Edgar Award winner Jack Olsen lets the killer to tell his story in his own words, offering unprecedented insight into the twisted thought process of a serial murderer Olsen takes his readers along on Jesperson s vicious cross country killing spree, letting him describe how he played his death game with eight innocent victims and how he finally came to grips with the fate he deserved.I The Creation of a Serial Killer is one of the most revealing and insightful pieces of crime reporting ever published.

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    1. Jack Olsen Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the I: The Creation of a Serial Killer book, this is one of the most wanted Jack Olsen author readers around the world.

    2. You may wonder why I would give five stars to a book I didn't finish--nor am likely to finish any time soon.Jack Olsen, who died in 2002 at the age of 77, was much more than a crime writer. He was a gifted and insightful psychological analyst who might have been a neuroscientist in another life. His interest in violent crime focused not so much on the victims of murder but on the "victims" who committed murder. A quotation cited in his obituary in the Seattle PI sums up his approach:"I start eve [...]

    3. Surprisingly, I found this book to be very interesting. I am aware that most people will find it appalling to read a serial killers book in regards to his crimes, however I think reading what Keith had to say can be of help to law enforcement in understanding the mind set that some killers have when they take another human life, as well as possibly reading the signs of what events can create a serial killer from early childhood if that is even possible. From early on in Keith's childhood it was [...]

    4. I read The Happy Face killer's daughters book, so I figured I would read one on him. Twisted mother fucker!!

    5. This is definitely one of the better true crime books out there. The murders themselves are perhaps not so noteworthy as far as serial killers go. They are not complex torture scenarios with knives and acids. They are the simple games played by a man fascinated by the pain inflicted through murder, and Olsen's writing captures the gritty struggle of ending a life.Perhaps most important to note about this book is contained in the title. All of the murdering and generally sick behaviour is written [...]

    6. I read true crime all the time, but this book was a little much for me. It actually made me feel physically ill at times, but I couldn't put it down.As far as I know, this is one of the only books, if not the only book, of its kind. It's a first-person, as-told-to account of what it's like to be a serial killer. The writing is good, and the author tells the story pretty much in the voice of the killer. What disappointed me about the book was that, even after wading through all the gruesome detai [...]

    7. A book written largely using the words of a serial killer is an interesting concept and one that I thought would help to provide fresh insight into an overcrowded true crime/serial-killer-profiling genre. But here's the thing: I don't think he's an interesting or insightful subject. He's a lying sadist who provides chapters of unchallenged borderline torture porn. Balancing the chapters from the POV of the killer with that of police or journalists who investigated the crimes might have helped to [...]

    8. This book was VERY graphic and detailed. I got interested in it because I read "Shattered silence: the untold story of a serial killer's daughter" a month ago. That was written by the daughter of Keith Jesperson, the Happy Face Killer, that this book is about. This book is unique in that it is broken down by sections. Every other section is voiced by the author giving a timeline story of the seriel killer's life, while the sections in between is voiced in Jesperson's own words. He details each o [...]

    9. Jack Olsen was one of the best true crime writers in history. Too bad he wrote so few books, but that might be why they're all so good.This one is different because it's mostly told in the serial killer's own words. Olsen is a master at keeping the tension high from beginning to end--there are no long, drawn out trial sequences, and no detailed biographies of lawyers and cops. He's pitch perfect.Since this is in Keith Jespersen's words, it's highly disturbing. His descriptions of his crimes and [...]

    10. Another well written book by Jack Olsen, although difficult at times to read. I read a lot of true crime and Keith Jesperson is probably the coldest s.o.b. I've read aboutanted I'm an animal lover and his brutality towards animals truly appalled me. But after reading about one murder, I doubt I can look at another tractor trailer on the highway in the same way. Good book! It's a shame Jesperson escaped the death penalty.

    11. I couldn't believe that I read this whole book in 2 days. It was a scary though disturbing look into a killers' mindset that was so fascinating I couldn't stop reading.

    12. Read this in 3 days. Couldn't put it down, such detail and an amazing writer executed it perfectly. Gruesome crime and very vivid, but I enjoyed the book thoroughly.

    13. This is so much better in "first person," such a treat.Now I know why the book is called "I": almost every paragraph begins with "I."

    14. TBH, I don't think the conceit of this book works terribly well. Keith Hunter Jesperson is such a prolific autobiographer that Olsen was able to assemble what looks like a fairly complete first-person account of his eight murders, which he interleaves with a more standard biographical account of Jesperson's life. I'm rarely a fan of intercutting timelines, and this book feels like soft-poached eggs in a string bag: a mess that fails to be contained by its arbitrary structure. (Whereas a book sho [...]

    15. This is the third true crime account by Olsen which I have read, so a certain level of formulaic prose was anticipated. However, this was in unfounded concern; the book proved alarmingly captivating in its mostly first person point of view, and kept me turning pages till the end. This is a powerful yet very disturbing read! Long distance trucker, Keith Hunter Jesperson conversationally relates how he developed from an academic underachiever into a sadistic torturer of animals and ultimately a mu [...]

    16. Keith is a killer who wants attention. His audacity and arrogance were his weapons and he loved what he did.A No remorse narcissistic waste of oxygen.It always amazes me with every book i read on serial killers that the common denominator is charm.Serial killers can turn it on and turn it off at will fooling even those closets to them. A lot of people are truly beautiful on the inside and serial killers are hideous creatures on the inside. I'ts a pity they don't look like their inner self as we [...]

    17. This book creeped me out. If you read this book and you aren’t creeped out… I don’t ever want to know you.I devoured this book and yet I frequently stopped and asked myself, “Why are you reading this? It’s so disturbing. Are you fucked up?” The questioning always ended with me picking the book back up and reading another 50 pages. I couldn’t stop. I love Jack Olsen, I think his writing is so… devourable- if that’s a word. The man really knows how to tell a story and he knows ho [...]

    18. Fascinating and horrifying, this reads like Bukowski if he abused women instead of booze. The first person narrative is simple and blunt, but provides some profound insights into the mind of a sociopath. Frighteningly honest for the most part, except where he lays blame (on his father, on whores, etc.) It seems to me Keith Jesperson was not going to turn out well no matter the situation, and without some intervention early on he was going to end up a pervert or worse. But the choices he made, an [...]

    19. There is a big problem with this book, and that is that it probably greatly massaged the ego of Keith Jesperson,'The Happy-Face Killer', who collaborated with Jack Olsen on it. Jesperson gets to alternatively brag (he clearly loves the shock factor of describing in minute detail how he punched a woman to death, and obliterated another by dragging her dead body under his truck), and whine (Dad was unpleasant and unloving). Yes, if you give someone like Jesperson enough rope he will hang himself, [...]

    20. It's hard to rate books except within their own genre. 5 stars is "the greatest book I've ever read", of which there are very few. This, so far, is the most well-done and interesting true crime book I've ever read. However, I'm also in the middle of another of Olsen's books and have concluded that though he isn't as prolific as many other true crime writers, the time he's taken for detail is obvious. As a true-crime book, I'd give this 5 stars. Compare it to the greatest books I've ever read, it [...]

    21. A:How did jack olsen get every detail about keith jepersen? Besides his childhood, what possessed keith to kill all those innocent women? Did keith actually care about any of the women he killed?C:I couldn't necessarily relate to keith jepersen, but i could relate to his life in a way that sometimes in life you are misunderstood and have a rough childhood, and later on in life, the mistakes you make, you blame it on your childhood, when in actuality you are responsible for all your actions.I:"Th [...]

    22. A four-star book that continuously pisses me off in memory for Jack Olsen's insertion of himself as a personality into the telling. Keith Hunter Jesperson was no one's idea of a genius while Jack certainly was, and here would be the place to mention that I loved Jack Olsen's "The Rape of the Town of Lovell", "The Misbegotten Son" (about another serial killer) and "Son" (about a serial rapist). But having made a long and illustrious career out of true crime writing, he was surprisingly useless in [...]

    23. I have read other books by Jack Olsen and normally he is a good writer but this book is by far his worst. I have read many true crime books and this is one of the worst researched and written.Olsen wasted his time and writing ability with writing this book. I have read other books by Jack Olsen about serial killers, and sociopaths/psychopaths that were well written. This is not one of them.In this book he allowed both Jesperson and his father way too much leeway considering they are both psychop [...]

    24. I enjoyed the reality of this book. I enjoyed the graphic details that were mentioned as well. I found the relationship between Keith and his family to be very strained, on the other hand, it made me wonder if it was all truth or lies. It felt as though Keith had an unwritten hatred towards his father, but also I feel as though there might have been some kind of mental illness involved with Keith. In the end, letters between Keith and his father are provided, which depict ups and downs in Keith' [...]

    25. Ridiculously interesting, and way different from all the other true crime books which I have read so far. The way it is written - Keith basically telling his own story - is refreshing and anything but dull. I am a big fan of Olsen's way of keeping things exciting, informative, detailed but far from boring. I find that most true crime authors tend to repeat themselves almost endlessly. Olsen certainly does not. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a quick, rather simple read. Howeve [...]

    26. No pics make his books suck!I like this book only for its first person account from the killer himself. I've read a couple of his books because of that but no pictures of the killer, victims or crime scene make his books suck. Also he talks about how the killer tries to shop his book idea out to other people but never tells you how they became acquaintances. There is almost nothing about the author or his personal opinion of the killer himself in this book. That alone makes Ann Rule reign as the [...]

    27. By far, the strangest true crime book I have ever readUsually true crime starts off with a sinister look of a heinous crime someone has committed & you don't really get to read about the killer til the end of the book. But this one starts out right off the bat with the killer telling his story.Ingenious but in NO way does it make me feel sorry for him--it boils down to his whiny excusesBook was sinister, creepy & enthralling all at the same time!!

    28. This book is about the "Happy Face" killer, who killed 8 women in the early 1990s. The book contains interviews with the killer and his family, and is often written from the point of view of the killer. He tries to blame his behavior on this father's abuse of him as a child, though of course the father denies this. He rationalizes his crimes to himself, thinking that the victims are to blame for their fate. He seems proud of the murders. An interesting saga.

    29. I found this to be a very candid firsthand account from a serial killer and one of the more fascinating biographies that I've read. I read this book a few years ago and much of what was described in the book still haunts me today. I'd recommend this to anybody with an interest in the subject matter and a stomach to read through disturbing details.

    30. I would have liked to read more perspective from other people. Writing from jesperson's point of view was interesting but it fell flat. I watched an interview with the killer and it didn't even seem like the same guy. That tells me that the author didn't do a very good job of making the subject real.

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