Ambitious, attractive, and full of potential, five young college students prepared for the new semester. They dreamed of beginning careers and starting families. They had a lifetime of experiences in front of them. But death came without warning in the dark of the night. Brutally ending five promising lives, leaving behind three gruesome crime scenes, the Gainesville Ripper terrorized the University of Florida, casting an ominous shadow across a frightened college town.
What evil lurked inside him? What demons drove him to kill? What made him 'A Monster of All Time'?
True Crime is a genre that I love (Murderino, right here), but one I have not read many books about. That is on purpose, of course. I am extremely picky about what true crime books I read because it is easily an area where people could exploit the victims. I also don’t like the idea of focusing whole-heartedly on the murderer. So, yes. I am picky.
I jumped at her chance on review A Monster of all Time because I’m (sadly) not offered many true crime books, but also, I had not heard of the Gainesville Ripper. Let me say, author JT Hunter did a fantastic job telling me exactly who the Gainesville Ripper was as he terrorized people near and at the University of Florida. This book has gripping and tragic details and also focuses on the victims - really giving us a glimpse into their lives and who they were. There is so much detail in these pages that all true crime lovers will be quite satisfied to fly through them. I especially appreciated the touch of orientation we get when Hunter reminds us that it wasn't that long ago from these murders that Ted Bundy had been running rampant near there as well. It helped place the events that unfold.
I recommend this to all true crime lovers. However, take heed that there is a lot of detail about these grisly murders. Proceed with caution.