I received an e-book copy of this book in connection with previous books I’ve won from this author and the following is my honest opinion.
As I read more and more about the murders in this book I couldn’t help but hear lines from “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” by Peter, Paul, and Mary. There was no:
Where have all the flowers gone? Or
Where have all the young girls gone? And neither was it,
Where have all the young men gone?
Here the question running through the minds of the residents of the area in Houston, Texas known as The Heights had been “Where have our young boys gone? And just like the song the question raised another question it raised the question of “Why are the police merely placating everyone by telling them they’re just runaways?”
I’m a child of the 1950’s and by the time these murders took place, the 1970’s, I was already in my 20’s. Looking back in retrospect I can see why the police thought this way as many teenagers did precisely that. It had been the so-call hippie generation and countless youth ran away from home to join in and to look for the freedom from their parents they’ve heard so much about. Luckily, the many returned home eventually after discovering things weren’t as they’d imagined.
Unfortunately there was a degenerate individual at this time, by the name of Dean Corll, running amok enticing teenage boys with the aid of two young accomplices, who had been threatened with bodily harm if they didn’t assist him. Once they and their victims were alone the trio then killed all the boys they’d lured. In the beginning Croll’s two young accomplices reluctantly did as they’d been told, but as time passed the same depravity had infected them as they began to more or less enjoy the thrill of the kill. Eventually one of these accomplices, Wayne Henley, shot and killed Corll in what he said had been self-defense.
Jack Rosewood has once again written a cohesive and quite readable story detailing all the facts involving the case of this serial murderer without leaving out any of the horrid details. We’re also told about Corll’s history of growing up and what might have cause him to act in this manner of depraved indifference.
For educating those who read this book regarding this “king” of the serial killers, I’m giving Mr. Rosewood and his book 5 STARS.