Gacy, is expected for release in early It is total exploitation and totally exaggerated. So how do you compare the reactions of the serial killers you interview with the reactions of the serial killers he interviewed? People like you are so annoying and just plain assholes… you make a statement but you never back it up. How is it exaggerated?
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He obtained samples of correspondence from and interviews with these men. Moss researched what would most interest each subject, and cast himself in the role of disciple, admirer, surrogate, or potential victim. In his book Moss said that he had been interested in a career with the FBI. He thought that gaining the trust of a serial killer, possibly learning more about their stated crimes or unsolved murders, was a way to distinguish himself as a job candidate.
In the book, Moss recounts his correspondence and eventual two meetings with Gacy about two months before the killer was executed. For a time he suffered nightmares from the encounter. He based the title of his book on this episode.
Reception[ edit ] The book became a bestseller, selling 76, copies in its first 10 weeks. People argued whether Moss was exploiting the lurid histories of these killers or whether he contributed to studies of criminal psychology.
Jason Moss committed suicide in June His co-author Kottler said that he had given no indication of distress.
The Last Victim: A True-Life Journey into the Mind of the Serial Killer
Personal life[ edit ] Moss was born in Bethpage, New York in and attended local schools. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. As an honors student, he had completed a research project into the minds of serial killers by establishing correspondence with them and gaining interviews. At the age of 19, he met twice with John Wayne Gacy in prison, less than two months before the killer was executed.
Jason Moss (writer)
Jason Moss was an 18 year old man who was studying at UNLV, and had decided to correspond with incarcerated serial killers as part of his thesis. He researched the inmates that he found most intriguing and began to shape personalities based on the types of person each killer would find appealing. Moss was quoted as saying he was a cocky 18 year old, who thought that he could outsmart, or get the killers to confess and tell him secrets. He also wrote to Charles Manson, attempting to appeal to him as a potential follower, and received some correspondence including a poem from Manson and a response letter. He made the acquaintance of Ramirez, Lucas and Dhamer and also received responses and crudely drawn cartoons. But the killer he would eventually establish a relationship with was Gacy, with whom Moss would share letters, seasonal greetings cards, photos, collect phone calls and two in person visits. The pair exchanged letters, which started out relatively normal, but soon turned dark.
Sep 15, J. Schnarr rated it really liked it The first person POV and YA-esque prose was kind of annoying, but this book offers some fantastic insight into the minds and behaviour of some of the sickest assholes America has ever produced. The book is also very telling about the mind of the writer himself, as you begin to see the walls break down as Moss is assaulted time and again by guys like John Wayne Gacy. You can see for yourself how effective an The first person POV and YA-esque prose was kind of annoying, but this book offers some fantastic insight into the minds and behaviour of some of the sickest assholes America has ever produced. As heavy satanic studies were part of his strategy to get into the mind of Richard Ramirez, it makes me wonder if he ever really recovered from his relationships with these men. Maybe these people are like slime on rotting meat, and long after you scrub your hands clean from touching it the vague, uneasy feeling of corruption persists on the edge of your nerves, just tickling enough to let you know they are still there.