Entering Hades: The Double Life of a Serial Killer

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Nov 13, 2007 - True Crime - 368 pages
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"I was a greedy, ravenous individual, determined to rise from the bottom to the top . . . It wasn't me!"--Jack Unterweger's final words to his jury

Serial killers rarely travel internationally. So in the early 1990s, when detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department began to find bodies of women strangled with their own bras, it didn't occur to them at first to make a connection with the bodies being uncovered in the woods outside of Vienna, Austria.

The LAPD waited for the killer to strike again. Meanwhile, in Austria, the police followed what few clues they had. The case intrigued many reporters, but few as keenly as Jack Unterweger, a local celebrity. He cut a striking figure, this little man in expensive white suits. His expertise on Vienna's criminal underworld was hard-earned. He had been sentenced to life in jail as a young man. But while incarcerated, he began to write—and his work earned him the glowing attention of the literary elite. The intelligentsia lobbied for his release and by 1990, Jack was free again. He continued writing, nurturing his career as a journalist. But though he now traveled in the highest circles, he had a secret life. He was killing again, and in the greatest of ironies, reporting on the very crimes he had committed.

With unprecedented access to Jack's diaries and letters, John Leake peels back the layers of deception to reveal the life and crimes of Jack Unterweger, and in unnerving detail, exposes the thrilling twists—both in the United States and Europe—that led to Jack's capture and Austria's "trial of the century."

 

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User Review  - THEPRINCESS - LibraryThing

Great story if a little bit hard to follow due to number of characters. The serial killer of many prostitutes was also a charmer and very clever fellow who certainly knew how to manipulate...not only ... Read full review

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This book was fascinating. Yes, it wasn't the smoothest read but it was still interesting. A good look at the European "white tower" NPR types who went to bat for this convicted murderer and got him ... Read full review

Contents

DISTRICT
SPECIAL COMMISSION
THE MISSING DIARIES
COUNTEROFFENSIVE
MIAMI VICE
BETRAYAL
A STAR IS BORN
VOLUNTARY RETURN
ISNT THAT UNTERWEGERS
THE TRIAL OF
OPENING STATEMENTS
INQUISITION
CALLED TO ACCOUNT
MOTHER
DAUGHTER
PSYCHIATRIST

A GOOD LEAD
NOT A WORD ABOUT
A CRAZY FEELING
OBSESSION
OUR SUSPECT
THE FEAR OF DEATH
MANEUVER
FRUSTRATION
SPECIAL AGENT
WITNESSES FOR
AN EXPERIMENT
THE LORDS PRAYER
VERDICT
LIST OF SOURCES
NOTES
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

John Leake was born in Dallas, Texas, and earned his MA in philosophy at Boston University. After winning a fellowship at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, he lived there on and off for six years, working as a translator and editor. Entering Hades is his first book.

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