What happens when a convicted killer gets stir crazy while serving a life sentence in his prison cell? In the case of Robert Brown, you confess to a string of killings that go back almost thirty years and in the end include more victims than the previous record holder, The Green River Killer and Gary Ridgeway, who was convicted of killing 49 prostitutes in the Seattle area in the early and mid 1980’s.

Sounds like the stuff that a good murder/mystery would be made up of, but this isn’t, this is real. More chilling of all is the manner in which the killer describes his cold-blooded crimes, without emotion or remorse, in long, sometimes ramballing letters to the police.

More telling still of the story of this serial killer is the stories of the detectives and ex-cops who discovered the killers dark secrets; Charlie Hess, and ex-CIA and FBI agent, and Lou Smit, a former homicide detective who worked in the Colorado Springs area and whose name first came to the attention of the masses as being one of the lead detectives on the JonBenét Ramsey murder case.

Through their struggles of always being on the outside of cops and police chiefs that they used to work along side of, they over came all other disbelief and fore-gone assumptions that their gang, the Apple Dumpling Gang, was  a cold case detective squad made-up of former cops that would never catch anybody, let alone a serial killer.

The only draw back of this book was the slow manner in which it begin. For the first hundred pages, the books drowns in background with very little story surrounding the letters from the killer who would go on to claim to killing more than 40 people. Because of this, the first half of the book was a struggle to get through.

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