Entering Hades

Entering Hades

The Double Life of A Serial Killer

Book - 2007
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"I was a greedy, ravenous individual, determined to rise from the bottom to the top . . . It wasn't me!"--Jack Unterweger's final words to his jury Serial killers rarely travel internationally. So in the early 1990s, when detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department began to find bodies of women strangled with their own bras, it didn't occur to them at first to make a connection with the bodies being uncovered in the woods outside of Vienna, Austria. The LAPD waited for the killer to strike again. Meanwhile, in Austria, the police followed what few clues they had. The case intrigued many reporters, but few as keenly as Jack Unterweger, a local celebrity. He cut a striking figure, this little man in expensive white suits. His expertise on Vienna's criminal underworld was hard-earned. He had been sentenced to life in jail as a young man. But while incarcerated, he began to write--and his work earned him the glowing attention of the literary elite. The intelligentsia lobbied for his release and by 1990, Jack was free again. He continued writing, nurturing his career as a journalist. But though he now traveled in the highest circles, he had a secret life. He was killing again, and in the greatest of ironies, reporting on the very crimes he had committed. With unprecedented access to Jack's diaries and letters, John Leake peels back the layers of deception to reveal the life and crimes of Jack Unterweger, and in unnerving detail, exposes the thrilling twists--both in the United States and Europe--that led to Jack's capture and Austria's "trial of the century."
Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2007.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780374148454
Branch Call Number: 364.1523092 U617L
Characteristics: 350 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Apr 16, 2019

a gritty, shocking and explicit true crime story of an Austrian journalist who visited the US to see firsthand the underbelly of crime in Los Angeles. The story develops in an unexpected way. I.D. TV recently aired a program on this story.

Mar 17, 2014

This is very well written and engaging. It is a close up report of the life of a serial killer. Though not written as a mystery novel which keeps the reader feel suspended, it keeps me interested the whole time and I had a hard time putting it down. This is the way I like this kind of story to be written, not to be a mystery because we already know "who dun it". We are more curious about how the criminal lives his life and how the authority cracks it.

Sep 30, 2012

This book is so phenomenal! It is a really quick read. If you enjoy true crime stories and have time to read (trust me, you won't want to put it down), then you should check this out. No doubt, one of my favorite books :-)


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