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Verified Purchase. The depth of depravity of this man was such that I could not continue reading. I am the type of person that believes I should read about things that are true so I will understand them such as human trafficking, the holocaust, war, etc. I don't believe this man was human.
I've never read anything so evil in my life. It stayed in my mind for days. I would not recommend it. Gives rather superficial treatment to all parties: killer, victims, and investigators. Less than pages, and the font is gigantic. A sickening person revealed in a sickening story. The Russian judicial system is horrible. But, they finally caught him, tho' his life wasn't worth even a fraction of one of the 53 people he killed. A good read, but pretty graphic.
Like every other reviewer has said, this is a book not for the faint of heart or anyone with a weak stomach. This book is gruesome. The first chapter alone made me put this down for a month, it was so disturbing.
Aside from the truly awful passages describing what Chikatilo did to his victims, this is also a story about how the Russian government repeatedly fouled up the investigation into the serial killer. There were too many incidents where Chikatilo ought to have been caught; instead, the police narrowly focused on other potential offenders, completely missing what was under their noses, either through incompetence or political pressure.
Chikatilo himself is an odd man to get a grip on. He managed to maintain a semblence of normality with his wife and children, yet he was clearly very disturbed with dubious mental health. Much has been made of the evidence that he suffered from a sort of birth defect in pictures, you can't help but notice the extremely flat back of his head that may have contributed to his ability to disassociate himself from the horror of what he did to his victims.
A small section of photographs is dedicated to pictures of his victims while they were alive , one of the scene where a victim was found, the parents of the murdered children and the train station where Chikatilo picked up many of children he killed. There are also a couple of goosebump-raising images of the killer himself showing policemen the positioning of his victims using a dummy.
I'm a fan of true crime books, especially the ones that are fortunate enough to have the killer alive and willing to be studied. Chikatilo showed a remarkable willingness to talk extensively about his crimes. The book finishes with the bizarre courtroom drama of Chikatilo's trial, where he was actually caged and put on a show of incomprehensible ravings that brought into question his mental state and competence to stand trial. In our American justice system, someone like Chikatilo would most likely have not been competent to stand trial and would likely have been shipped off to a mental health facility to await the continuation of his trial.
Russian law is less nuanced than ours, and the judge allowed the trial to continue until the ultimate verdict which is likely to be appealed.
At the time, Boris Yeltsin was still in power and unlikely to grant any sort of appeal. With Medvedev as President now, with the rumored influence of former President Putin, it's probably even less likely that any appeal will be granted.
I loved this book. Obviously you know the subject matter before you begin. This was an excellent version of events. Characters are well developed and you get a feel for the times and your surroundings. Highly recommended if you like the genre. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. DPReview Digital Photography.
Chikatilo confessed to 56 murders and was tried for 53 of these killings in April He was convicted and sentenced to death for 52 of these murders in October , although the Supreme Court of Russia ruled in that insufficient evidence existed to prove Chikatilo's guilt in nine of these murders. Chikatilo was subsequently executed in February At the time of his birth, Ukraine was in the grip of a famine caused by Joseph Stalin 's forced collectivization of agriculture. The family seldom had sufficient food; Chikatilo himself later claimed not to have eaten bread until the age of 12,  adding that he and his family often had to eat grass and leaves in an effort to stave off hunger. He would later be taken prisoner after being wounded in combat. He was a chronic bed wetter , and his mother berated and beat him for each offence.
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