‘American Serial Killers: The Epidemic Years 1950-2000’ is a Lot to Handle


The popularity of true crime podcasts and books over the recent years has shown no signs of slowing. One of the most original and entertaining voices to join the writing of these items is Peter Vronsky. Vronsky’s name may sound familiar as we have reviewed his books before. His new book, American Serial Killers: The Epidemic Years 1950-2000 is not something you should try to read in one sitting, or frankly even in one week. It is dark and it is a lot to take in.

In this book, Vronsky takes an extremely deep dive into famous serial killers in what some have jokingly called “the Golden Years” of serial killing. Frankly, there were so many serial killers during this time period that it lead to the creation of special behavioral task forces and data bases. Much of what we know today came from studying people like Jeffrey Dahmer, Gary Ridgeway, and Ted Bundy. Still, this collection will have information about some killers you may not have heard of. Oh, and it’s in great detail. Listen, I’ve read a lot of books on serial killers, watched the documentaries, and listened to the podcasts, but there were even some details in this book that made me gag and have to put the book down for a hot minute.  Vronsky does posit some examples and ideas of why so much murder happened during this time, but does not claim to have all the answers.

American Serial Killers: The Epidemic Years 1950-2000 is fascinating, but not for the weak of stomach. Look for it February 9, 2021 from Berkley Publishing Group.


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