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September 14, 2014

BOGEYMAN by Steve Jackson

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Bogeyman by Steve Jackson - True Crime

Steve Jackson

"When the woods are black as night
That's the bogeyman's delight.
Better run away, better run away
Pretty little maiden run away"
-Author Unknown

(from Amazon)  
 A WildBlue Press original true crime story from the New York Times bestselling author of MONSTER and NO STONE UNTURNED, describing in dramatic detail and with heart-rending poignancy the efforts of tenacious Texas lawmen to solve the cold case murders of three little girls and hold their killer accountable for his horrific crimes.

From the book: "For years he'd stalked elementary schools and playground looking for young girls from low-income neighborhoods to abduct, rape and murder. He thought of them as "throwaway kids"--hardly missed, and soon forgotten, except by those who loved them. He was ever parent's worst nightmare. The bogeyman they warned their children about ... the fiend who lurked outside bedroom windows."

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: WildBlue Press (August 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0990557308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0990557302

From the Author

I think what made BOGEYMAN unique for me as a writer wasn't the killer's story, or even the exceptional detective work that went into bringing David Penton to justice. The book gives us a poignant and powerful inside look at the emotional, psychological and physical toll a case like this has on the men and women of law enforcement, as well as on their families; those usually unseen, and rarely revealed, stories of courage, faith and sacrifice on behalf of the victims, the victims' families, and their communities.

This is a true crime story of three cold case murders of little girls and how the efforts of some stand up Texas lawmen worked night and day to solve the cases and bring the evil culprit to justice.  The story of a sexual predator who abducts, tortures, assaults, kills and then throws these precious little children (usually 4-8 year old girls) away.  Police officers who face these kind of situations every day, that tears their hearts and souls apart,  but they continue to work endlessly to bring some kind of closure to the families and friends of these poor children.  The story takes place in the Dallas Metroplex circa 1985 through 1988.  The author wrote the story in great detail. A story not only about the children but the families and how their lives are never the same.  If their child was not found, they were constantly year after year looking and waiting for some kind of word or answer to what happened.  Sometimes that closure never comes. Sometimes it's like the family has died too.  The author takes the reader into the "murder closet", a small, windowless room in the Garland Police Dept. basement.  Here is held the agency's files of cold cases, cases that haven't been solved.  Row after row, from floor to ceiling in bankers' boxes. This room was a place where ghosts were waiting for justice, nightmares that never end and countless tears that never stop.  This was a place that was waiting for someone, anyone to put and end to the questions and just CARE.  The evilness of this predator, pf all predators is every one's nightmare.  The bad thing is, when the person wakes up, the nightmare doesn't end.

This is a book that everyone should read. Those that survived to know that there are those who are on watch for the little ones out there.  Watching and working to protect.  It's a book for parents, grandparents, anyone to read to know that there are these evil predators and they may be lurking anywhere. It doesn't have to be night, it can happen in broad daylight.  , It might bring some people to the realization that no matter how much  you try to protect those innocent little children, it can still happen in the blink of an eye.  Be vigilant. Never stop protecting them.  Just remember as reading this book,  there are those who care and will never stop trying to see justice served.  The author wrote a book that should stay on your reading shelf, as a reminder to keep on watching.
I received a complimentary copy of this book, BOGEYMAN from the author, Steve Jackson for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.
There aren't enough stars to give this book,so 5 is all I can do.


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