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

Front Cover
Grand Central Publishing, Feb 1, 2000 - True Crime - 320 pages
102 Reviews
DEAR MR. MANSON...

It started with a college course assignment, then escalated into a dangerous obsession. Eighteen-year-old honor student Jason Moss wrote to men whose body counts had made criminal history: men named Dahmer, Manson, Ramirez, and Gacy.

DEAR MR. DAHMER...

Posing as their ideal victim, Jason seduced them with his words. One by one they wrote him back, showering him with their madness and violent fantasies. Then the game spun out of control. John Wayne Gacy revealed all to Jason -- and invited his pen pal to visit him in prison...

DEAR MR. GACY...

It was an offer Jason couldn't turn down. Even if it made him...

The book that has riveted the attention of the national media, this may be the most revealing look at serial killers ever recorded and the most illuminating study of the dark places of the human mind ever attempted.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
36
4 stars
29
3 stars
17
2 stars
12
1 star
8

interesting topic, terrible writing. - Goodreads
I felt cheated without the insight on that. - Goodreads
The tone of the writing is jarring. - Goodreads
The author of this book has no background in writing. - Goodreads

Review: The Last Victim: A True-Life Journey into the Mind of the Serial Killer

User Review  - Julia - Goodreads

I don't review books very often, and unfortunately when I do, it's because I didn't like them. The same holds true for The Last Victim. I picked it up thinking it would be an interested psychological ... Read full review

Review: The Last Victim: A True-Life Journey into the Mind of the Serial Killer

User Review  - Gary Foss - Goodreads

I would probably be remiss if I didn't note that the author of this book went on to graduate from law school, become a defense attorney and then commit suicide on the unlikely date of June 6th, 2006 ... Read full review

About the author (2000)

Moss graduated summa cum laude from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has served internships with the U.S. Secret Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.

Jeffrey A. Kottler has authored over 65 books in the field for counselors, therapists, teachers, and the public, including COMPASSIONATE THERAPY: WORKING WITH DIFFICULT CLIENTS; ON BEING A THERAPIST; COUNSELORS FINDING THEIR WAY; MAKING CHANGES LAST; COUNSELING SKILLS FOR TEACHERS; DIVINE MADNESS: TEN STORIES OF CREATIVE STRUGGLE; BAD THERAPY: MASTER THERAPISTS SHARE THEIR WORST FAILURES; THE CLIENT WHO CHANGED ME: STORIES OF THERAPIST PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION; and THE MUMMY AT THE DINING ROOM TABLE: EMINENT THERAPISTS REVEAL THEIR MOST UNUSUAL CASES AND WHAT THEY TEACH US ABOUT HUMAN BEHAVIOR.
Jeffrey has worked as a teacher, counselor, and therapist in a preschool, middle school, mental health center, crisis center, university, community college, and private practice. He has served as a Fulbright Scholar and Senior Lecturer in Peru and Iceland, teaching counseling theory and practice. He has also served as a visiting professor in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, and Nepal. He is currently Professor and Chair of the Counseling Department at California State University, Fullerton.

Bibliographic information