A Psychopath and His Victims

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"For more than two years, a rapist prowled the night streets of the homey, All-American city of Spokane, Washington, terrorizing women, sparking a run on gun stores, and finally causing one newspaper to offer a reward--the calls taken by the distinguished managing editor himself, Gordon Coe. In March 1981, luck and inspired police work at last produced an arrest, and Spokane shuddered. The suspect was clean cut and conservative...and Gordon Coe's son. For eighteen months, Jack Olsen researched the cases of Fred and Ruth Coe to try to learn not only what happened within that family, but how and why. He interviewed more than 150 people and built up a portrait not only of that extraordinary family, but of the mind of a psychopath. And searching the memories of the women in Fred Coe's life, he unearthed a most horrifying question: What is it like to love and live with a man for years--and then discover he is a psychopathic criminal?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2015
Characteristics: xiv, 570 pages, 4 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Edition: First Scribner trade paperback edition
ISBN: 1501119044
Call Number: B COE F OLSEN


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Nov 14, 2010

Absolutely one of the best true-crime books ever written. Olsen's portrait of the Coe family is impressively detailed and impressive in its pathology. He doesn't just tell us about the criminal, but also paints sympathetic pictures of everyone around Coe, including his girlfriend and the victims. Truly an impressive work.


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