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Chasing the Devil : My Twenty-year Quest to Capture the Green River Killer - David Reichert

Chasing the Devil

My Twenty-year Quest to Capture the Green River Killer

Hardcover Published: 28th July 2004
ISBN: 9780316156325
Number Of Pages: 314

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The riveting personal account of one sheriffs epic hunt for America's most heinous serial killer. For eight years, Sheriff David Reichert devoted days and nights to capturing the Green River Killer--the most notorious serial killer in American history. He was the first detective on the case in 1982 and doggedly pursued it as the body count climbed to 49 and it became the most infamous unsolved case in the nation. Frantically following all leads, even as more bodies surfaced near the river outside Seattle, Sheriff Reichert befriended the victims families, publicly challenged the killer, and risked his own safety--and the endurance and love of his family--before he found his madman. But Reicherts hunt didnt end when he finally cornered a truck painter named Gary Ridgway. It would be yet another 11 haunting years before forensic science could prove Ridgways guilt beyond a shadow of a doubt. CHASING THE DEVIL is the gripping firsthand account of Reicherts relentless pursuit--a 21-year odyssey full of near-misses and startling revelations. Told in vivid detail by the man who knows the whole story--the man who has stared into the eyes of absolute evil--this is a page-turning real-life suspense story of unparalleled heroism.

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Front-and-center account by the first detective assigned to Washington State's notorious serial murders, who later became King County sheriff and arrested the now-convicted killer. The most engaging feature of Reichert's mainly straightforward though sometimes awkwardly embellished narrative is that he lets his interior monologues bubble up; he needs you to know he's a straight-up guy who hopes, for instance, killers are headed for hell and who never once believed that prostitution was a victimless crime. He chronicles friction with associates, frustration with the system and his superiors, and petty jealousies that spilled over with the involvement of a big-time FBI "profiler," which was not even a recognized specialty when the first victims were discovered in 1982. (Robert Keppel weighed in with his own Green River book, The Riverman, in 1995.) With professional pride not quite suppressed by the modesty he knows he should project, Reichert writes at one point, "You would be surprised how many cases are cracked when we simply pick up the most likely suspect and take him in for a conversation . . . you say things like 'I can understand if things just got out of hand . . . just tell us what happened.' Eventually, one of these questions is like a pinprick on a balloon." It wasn't quite that way, of course, with Gary Ridgway, who finally confessed in 2001 to the murders of 48 women, almost all prostitutes, and who remains the prime suspect in perhaps dozens more cases as bodies still turn up. Reichert unflinchingly depicts the endless hours of interviews with pimps, whores, johns, and the taxi drivers often sought as objective chroniclers of doings on the street. Likewise, as Ridgway's grotesque compulsions play out, there seems no way to dance around necrophilia with euphemism. Ultimately, the epic hunt turns into a nightmare of gnawing anxiety relieved by the stupefying banality of yet another corpse. As gruesome as guilty pleasures get for rabid crime readers. (Kirkus Reviews)

Prologue: The Riverp. 3
Somebody's Daughtersp. 14
Stranger to Strangerp. 26
Saviors and Sinnersp. 46
A Prime Suspectp. 67
A Circle of Evidencep. 80
Stalledp. 89
A One-Sided Warp. 100
Playing Catch-Upp. 117
Somebody Knows Somethingp. 133
Bad Behaviorp. 147
One of Ten Thousandp. 163
Refocusingp. 177
Media Blitzp. 196
A Rocket Ridep. 211
Unfinished Businessp. 230
One in Custodyp. 244
Defining Justicep. 258
The Monster Speaksp. 268
Families First, and Lastp. 294
Epilogue: In God's Handsp. 305
Acknowledgmentsp. 309
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ISBN: 9780316156325
ISBN-10: 0316156329
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 314
Published: 28th July 2004
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 17.15  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.59