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					 The Last Victim: A True-Life Journey
  into the Mind of the Serial Killer by
            Jeffrey Kottler




   The Last Victim: A True-Life Journey into the Mind of the Serial Killer by Jeffrey
                                      Kottler


Jason Moss was a very strange boy: an overachiever, always looking for
some challenge, some new way to excel. In his studies, in sports, and, for
some reason that he can never explain comprehensibly, seducing serial
killers into telling him their secrets. His first project was John Wayne Gacy.
Moss sent carefully crafted letters to Gacy in which he portrayed himself
as a young, naive, insecure gay man who could be easily manipulated.
Gacy was suspicious and put Moss through harrowing emotional tests
before surrendering his trust, but Moss came out ahead. Gacy fell head
over heels for Moss, replying with graphic and disturbing letters instructing
him to commit depraved acts for Gacys vicarious thrills. Moss led him on,
convincing Gacy that he was doing these things, but somehow this victory
wasnt sufficient. So he extended his efforts to include other jailed killers.
Although he experienced some success, amassing a disturbing collection
of documents--including detailed sexual prose from Jeffrey Dahmer,
disjointed ramblings from Charles Manson, and awkward, violent
illustrations from Night Stalker Richard Ramirez--his closest relationship
was always with Gacy, whom he eventually visited in prison, where even
the unflappable Moss learned fear.         The Last Victim challenges the
reader to understand not only the twisted psychology of serial killers who
kill for pleasure but why and how a young, seemingly bright and healthy
young man such as Jason Moss could create such elaborate schemes to
ingratiate himself with them. Moss puts his own safety and well-being on
the line time and time again, simply to gain these mens trust, to coerce
from them some understanding of what makes them do the things they do.
And the book gives readers the opportunity to gain this insight without
providing serial killers their home addresses--not a bad deal, overall. --
Lisa Higgins

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