John Crutchley seemed to be living the American Dream. Good-looking and blessed with a genius level IQ, he had a prestigious, white-collar job at a prominent government defense contractor, where he held top secret security clearance and handled projects for NASA and the Pentagon. To all outward appearances, he was a hard-working, successful family man with a lavish new house, a devoted wife, and a healthy young son.But, he concealed a hidden side of his personality, a dark secret tied to a hunger for blood and the overriding need to kill. As one of the most prolific serial killers in American history, Crutchley committed at least twelve murders, and possibly nearly three dozen. His IQ elipsed that of Ted Bundy, and his body count may have as well. While he stalked the streets hunting his unsuspecting victims, the residents of a quiet Florida town slept soundly, oblivious to the dark creature in their midst, unaware of the vampire next door.
J.T. Hunter is an attorney with over fourteen years of experience practicing law, including criminal law and appeals, and he has significant training in criminal investigation techniques. He is also a college professor in Florida where his teaching interests focus on the intersection of criminal psychology, law, and literature. This is his debut true crime novel.
©2014 J.T. Hunter and RJ Parker Publishing, Inc. (P)2014 J.T. Hunter and RJ Parker Publishing, Inc.
This is the first audiobook that I have ever listened to. I had it recommended through the Generation Why podcast. As such, I did not truly know what to expect.
The Vampire Next Door is a thrilling story that I found to be profoundly disturbing. The writing is common speak and easy to follow. The narration is unremarkable in either a positive or negative way, which I believe to be exactly what you want.
At times, the story would jump backwards or forwards in time at unexpected places which made it occasionally difficult to reconcile event sequences. For the most part though, the narrative was logical and sequential in a pleasing way.
My biggest gripe with the book is the apparent liberties taken by the author when attempting to record exact conversations between characters where no recording device would have been. Most of these 'conversations' were short, with just a few lasting more than thirty seconds. I felt that they directly took away from the overall credibility of the book. However, it was clear that the content was meticulously researched and as such, the liberties taken had minimal negative impact.
I would recommend this book, though I (and I am sure everyone else) would have preferred a different ending. I will plan to seek out more of the authors writing.
I do not like listening to overly detailed accounts of sexual violence. And this book gave play by plays of all graphic details.
Rob Shamlin did a decent job.
I would cut most of the details on the sexual assaults; I literally felt ill after an hour of this book.
I have listened to a lot of true crime, so for me to find the book too graphic takes a lot. I could only listen to about 80 minutes and did not finish the book.
"nonfiction described as a novel"
The author explains that this is a nonfiction work with some speculation. The one surviving victim relates a riveting description of her capture, torture and rape. Many interesting facts are revealed and this book held my interest. However much of the psychiatric "science" is little more than psycho babble or pseudo science. The murderer's imperfect parents are offered as an explanation for the man's evil which I find unfounded. Prior to the man's death he was smiling an upbeat. This we are advised indicates he was not suicidal. It is a standard principle in psychiatry that once someone resolves to kill them self, their depression lifts and they are nonchalant. Thus, cheerfulness is not an indication that the person did not take their life.
The Narrator neither adds nor detracts from the story.
"Poorly Written - Could have been a great story"
I have read a LOT of true crime books, and I am not easily bothered or disturbed but this authors descriptions of the crimes committed by JT Hunter was just...wrong. They read a bit like pornography and the horror of the what the victim endured didn't come through. What could have saved this was a well written account of Hunter's motivation or thought processes but that didn't come through either. I have read some pretty harrowing true crime stories and the well written ones describe the criminal activity but don't present it in a titillating or exploitative way, this book did and it left me feeling creeped out and kind of gross. I would like to delete it from my library.
I have read a lot of true crimes. Mostly Ann Rule but I never knew about this case. Think it truly over looked and very good read. The narrative was okay I think. But story was good I thought.
"Chilling but good true story!"
Enjoyed it very much. I guess the only thing I noticed is it seemed to repeat things a bit much.
"Good Info, Awful Execution"
Lots of information but the book is put together in a random set of chapters repeating and going back and forth in time and really making no sense.
Lots of gore and repeating of 1 incident which loses its cringe appeal the 10th time they tell you about it.
Find an abridged copy if you can is my recommendation.
I like it was interesting man um overall I think this a really nice book I wish they can do another one and number two I don't know if they do have one or not but I like
"Vampire next door"
This was a compelling story that showed how police are tied by red tape, if they had been allowed to do their job effectively people's lives may have been safed
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