American Predator

Israel Keyes, the most famous serial killer you never heard of. 

American Predator is a work of non-fiction about a serial killer who went undetected for over a decade and was captured in 2012. Keyes admitted to crimes going back as early as to 1996. 

The Goodreads synopsis:“described by a prosecutor as “a force of pure evil”, he was a predator who struck all over the United States. He buried ‘kill kits’ – cash, weapons, and body-disposal tools – in remote locations across the country, and over the course of fourteen years, would fly to a city, rent a car, and drive thousands of miles in order to use his kits. He would break into a stranger’s house, abduct his victims in broad daylight, and kill and dispose of them in mere hours. And then he would return home, resuming life as a quiet, reliable construction worker devoted to his only daughter.”

I stumbled across American Predator completely by accident. I was browsing Scribd’s library for a seasonal Fall read and somehow American Predator popped up and grabbed my attention. 2019 has been proving to be the year of true-crime so I was pretty excited to get into this one. Everyone has heard of Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, and Jack The Ripper so to hear there was just as famous a serial killer that for the most part has been off the radar; could what he have done really bee that bad. And the answer is simply yes. 

The book opens in Alaska. A young girl has gone missing from her job at a local coffee shop. There is video footage of the girl talking to someone, a large figure wearing a baseball hat and then she disappears. Her father and boyfriend are the obvious first suspects in her disappearance. No one can be sure she is actually dead or if she is just being held hostage somewhere as her debit card is still being used to withdraw several hundred dollars at a time from local banks. There is no video footage of these ATM usages though. There are even photos of her where she appears alive even though no one can tell for sure.

Most of the book is spent talking about the disappearance of this one girl. After a while, I got tired of hearing about this disappearance; obviously the guy this book about takes this girl but what the hell happened to her?! Where is he? How has it got away with this for so long? WHERE IS THIS GIRL?

I would recommend this book to anyone who has any interest in serial killers or true-crime. 

I can honestly say I was not thrilled with the ending but that had nothing to do with the author or the story she told; it was just the way the story unfolded. I just do not believe justice was had in any way and there are still so many unanswered questions.

JS.

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