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When young women begin mysteriously disappearing in Oregon, Police Lieutenant James Stovall leads a relentless search for a killer. With little evidence available, and the public screaming for answers, he must find a remorseless, brutal killer whose identity will shock them all ... One by one the young women vanished without a trace ... Pretty Linda Slawson disappeared while When young women begin mysteriously disappearing in Oregon, Police Lieutenant James Stovall leads a relentless search for a killer. With little evidence available, and the public screaming for answers, he must find a remorseless, brutal killer whose identity will shock them all ... One by one the young women vanished without a trace ... Pretty Linda Slawson disappeared while trying to make a living selling encyclopedias door to door. Lovely college girl Jan Whitney never completed her two-hour drive home on the freeway. Beautiful pre-med honor student Karen Sprinker failed to show up for a lunch date with her mother. Stunningly attractive Linda Salee dropped out of sight while her boyfriend waited and worried for hours. By then the pattern was clear. Oregon's massive police search was under way. But not even Lt James Stovall, the brilliant investigator in charge, suspected how grisly the crimes were - or who the man who killed like a sadistic monster would turn out to be ... "Rule springs surprises and rvelations with a novelist's skill.' - Seattle Times


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When young women begin mysteriously disappearing in Oregon, Police Lieutenant James Stovall leads a relentless search for a killer. With little evidence available, and the public screaming for answers, he must find a remorseless, brutal killer whose identity will shock them all ... One by one the young women vanished without a trace ... Pretty Linda Slawson disappeared while When young women begin mysteriously disappearing in Oregon, Police Lieutenant James Stovall leads a relentless search for a killer. With little evidence available, and the public screaming for answers, he must find a remorseless, brutal killer whose identity will shock them all ... One by one the young women vanished without a trace ... Pretty Linda Slawson disappeared while trying to make a living selling encyclopedias door to door. Lovely college girl Jan Whitney never completed her two-hour drive home on the freeway. Beautiful pre-med honor student Karen Sprinker failed to show up for a lunch date with her mother. Stunningly attractive Linda Salee dropped out of sight while her boyfriend waited and worried for hours. By then the pattern was clear. Oregon's massive police search was under way. But not even Lt James Stovall, the brilliant investigator in charge, suspected how grisly the crimes were - or who the man who killed like a sadistic monster would turn out to be ... "Rule springs surprises and rvelations with a novelist's skill.' - Seattle Times

30 review for Lust Killer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Obsidian

    Not too much to say about this besides it's disturbing to get into the head of convicted serial killer Jerome Brudos. I think that the Mindhunter series included him in season 1. Shudder. "Lust Killer" follows Brudos who murdered several women and had the state of Oregon in a panic in the late 60s. Rule wrote this as Andy Stack, but it still reads as Rule to me. She starts with the murder of one victim, and then works backwards into Brudos' life and hatred of his mother. And surprisingly we find Not too much to say about this besides it's disturbing to get into the head of convicted serial killer Jerome Brudos. I think that the Mindhunter series included him in season 1. Shudder. "Lust Killer" follows Brudos who murdered several women and had the state of Oregon in a panic in the late 60s. Rule wrote this as Andy Stack, but it still reads as Rule to me. She starts with the murder of one victim, and then works backwards into Brudos' life and hatred of his mother. And surprisingly we find out that he gets married and even has children while still kidnapping women, raping them, and murdering them. Rule then goes into the lives of the detectives on the hunt for him, we get into more details of the victims, and then of course how Brudos is captured. What surprised me and what I didn't know is that a neighbor of Brudos wife lied on her (she did lie) and said she was helping him abduct women. The poor woman had to go on trial and defend herself. I liked how Rule gives this woman (living under a different name at the time of the book's publication in 1981) a voice in this book. She was young and naive and wanted to get away from her dominant father, and then married an equally dominant man who she didn't understand, but did scare her. There are some photos included of Brudos, the detectives, and victims.

  2. 4 out of 5

    aPriL does feral sometimes

    'Lust Killer' is an excellent true-crime read about a married serial killer, Jerome Brudos, who kidnapped, strangled, and hung women from a hook in the ceiling in order to take pictures and have some necrophilic fun. He was also a fond husband and father of two children. Once again Ann Rule does a steller job in research, interviews and in including court records which help round out the story. However, it is her fantastic ability to pull it all together and write of it coherently which sets her 'Lust Killer' is an excellent true-crime read about a married serial killer, Jerome Brudos, who kidnapped, strangled, and hung women from a hook in the ceiling in order to take pictures and have some necrophilic fun. He was also a fond husband and father of two children. Once again Ann Rule does a steller job in research, interviews and in including court records which help round out the story. However, it is her fantastic ability to pull it all together and write of it coherently which sets her books above the other true crime writers. 'Lust Killer' brings up some important points about relationships and being too stupid to live: Rule number one: don't marry someone you've known only three months. Rule number two: don't make babies with someone you've known only three months. Rule number three: if someone has changed jobs multiple times in one year and moved just as often, the problem may be about the person, especially if the reason given for the moves is always because the boss had it in for them or the boss or job was stupid - and then refuses to provide any other details. Rule number four: if your spouse or sex partner has rooms or building structures forbidden to you to enter, leave NOW. Try to think it through: is it about respecting your partner's privacy or is it being too stupid to live. Rule number five: learn the difference between respecting your partner's sex fetishes, and being so naive, deaf, dumb and blind to odd behaviors that you are too stupid to live. For example: he says he needs naked pictures of you and you don't want to be nude in photos, but he makes you pose against your will; or he steals clothes; or he wears stolen high heels panties and bras way nicer than yours, and you are miserable. Rule number six: a person who enjoys artwork that looks like female breasts that have been cut off and are placed around rooms of the house on tables should set off some concern if the fellow doesn't have any other art. Rule number seven: He NEVER let's you see inside of home meat freezers. You must ALWAYs ask him to get the meat, ice cream or TV dinners. Leave NOW. Rule number eight: a MAJOR HINT of terrible things to come - you are too scared to ask questions or express your disagreement. YOU ARE IN TROUbLE, friend! I think a custom that women developed in the 1980's was fantastic. We used to go to work wearing running shoes and carry our high-heels in our purses. While at work, we wore the heels, and then when we left the office, we changed back into our Nikes or whatever. Just saying. I cannot think of a more vulnerable adult person than a young, small, petite woman who is wearing 6-inch heels walking about distractedly in lonely public places. Brudos only picked short, petite women who were wearing high heels to kidnap. Weirdly, the women Brudos selected also all went meekly with him without a sound or struggle, even when he was not displaying a gun. Later, police found their cars, but NO evidence of struggle, damage or blood. In police interviews, Brudos mentioned it was as if they wanted to be with him because they all calmly left with him. Police had a difficult time ascertaining a crime even had been committed - until their bodies showed up floating in nearby rivers. Most of the bodies, anyway. Rule recommends screaming and fighting because if you get in the car or out of the public eye, the odds are you will never be seen alive again, so you literally have nothing to lose by fighting back. People are usually kidnapped for the purposes of, mostly, rape, torture or cutting parts of you off until you die.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Paige

    Due to lack of reading material, I was forced to read Lust Killer. I wasn't too thrilled about this. I had never heard of Ann Rule, and I underestimated her because, honestly, the book just looked mediocre (I guess that goes with the saying "Don't judge a book by its cover"). I'm sorry for this, Ann. This book exceeded my expectations dramatically! This book had me hooked from almost the beginning. This was a very gruesome book, and I almost feel guilty for admitting my liking for it. It's inter Due to lack of reading material, I was forced to read Lust Killer. I wasn't too thrilled about this. I had never heard of Ann Rule, and I underestimated her because, honestly, the book just looked mediocre (I guess that goes with the saying "Don't judge a book by its cover"). I'm sorry for this, Ann. This book exceeded my expectations dramatically! This book had me hooked from almost the beginning. This was a very gruesome book, and I almost feel guilty for admitting my liking for it. It's interesting to be able to be in the mind of a sexual psychopath killer, though. Ann Rule did an exellent job.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Addison

    Long form suits Ann Rule a good deal better, as does having an agenda. There's a reason she's writing about Jerry Brudos, and that reason informs her story-telling. Her reason, of course, is the same reason that makes The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy The Shocking Inside Story compelling: educating her readers, specifically her young female readers, on the existence of men like Brudos, on the fact that you can't protect yourself from them by being "good" (or "bad," for that matter), and that if o Long form suits Ann Rule a good deal better, as does having an agenda. There's a reason she's writing about Jerry Brudos, and that reason informs her story-telling. Her reason, of course, is the same reason that makes The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy The Shocking Inside Story compelling: educating her readers, specifically her young female readers, on the existence of men like Brudos, on the fact that you can't protect yourself from them by being "good" (or "bad," for that matter), and that if one targets you, cooperation almost certainly means your death. Good girls who cooperate are exactly what a man like Brudos wants; it makes them easy prey. The most horrifying thing about Jerry Brudos is that I'd never heard of him, that there are so many serial killers like him that his name doesn't hold a charge. (The dubious upside to this observation is that it would have infuriated him, Brudos, like others of his ilk, having had a poisonously swollen ego.) If you are interested in serial killers, this is a good case study, clearly written and compelling and, as she quoted from Ted Bundy's letters, she quotes from Brudos' petitions and appeals written in prison--that kind of primary evidence, when available, is certainly the quickest way to get a visceral understanding of how someone like this thinks. I'm interested in true crime as a genre. This is a good example of how to tell a no-frills story cleanly and concisely. It would be a good choice for representing Ann Rule in a class on twentieth-century American true crime writing.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Caidyn (he/him/his)

    This review can also be found on my blog! CW: rape, murder, serial murder, and graphic descriptions of necrophilia and amputation of body parts I feel like my list of content warnings really set the tone for this, didn’t it? But, really, Ann Rule does it again. This is the third book that I’ve read by her and, somehow, she manages to blow me away with each one. This book covers a serial killer that I had never really heard of. At least, he wasn’t as high profile as Ted Bundy or Jeffrey Dahmer or Jo This review can also be found on my blog! CW: rape, murder, serial murder, and graphic descriptions of necrophilia and amputation of body parts I feel like my list of content warnings really set the tone for this, didn’t it? But, really, Ann Rule does it again. This is the third book that I’ve read by her and, somehow, she manages to blow me away with each one. This book covers a serial killer that I had never really heard of. At least, he wasn’t as high profile as Ted Bundy or Jeffrey Dahmer or John Wayne Gacy. His body count is relatively small and what he did isn’t as terrifying as the other men. I first heard of Jerry Brudos when I watched Mindhunter. He’s the guy who’s in one episode who jerks off to the shoe they bring him. Remember now? That’s Jerry Brudos. In the show, he’s kind of treated like an idiot, like his crimes weren’t that bad when you compare them to Ed Kemper or Richard Speck. But, Jerry Brudos killed four women. He started off attacking a couple of women as a teenager, taking pictures of them as something to get off on later. Brudos went to an asylum for a few years, then went out to start a family. By all means, he seemed relatively normal. Yet, he killed four women and tried to abduct another. One of them, he cut off her foot. Another couple, he cut off their breasts and made molds of them. I did warn you in the content warnings that this might be discussed in here. I really just can’t believe that I’ve never heard of him. He is a serial killer that I know I’m never going to get out of my mind after reading it because he followed the typical trajectory of serial killers. Yet, he operated before “serial killer” was a coined term. He was in jail by the time the interviews were started at the BSU (Behavioral Science Unit; now the BAU) at the FBI. I think it’s just interesting how history has forgotten him. Despite killing four women and mutilating their bodies post-mortem, he has been eclipsed by later serial killers that operated after they started getting noticed more and we started seeing them everywhere as a society. When I was reading this, he sounds like every other serial killer I’ve heard of, except that he had a foot fetish and that fetish escalated to new heights, then his fantasies about women evolved over the years. If you’re into this topic, I really do suggest this book. I don’t think that it’s aged too well in some areas — public opinion has changed about biological males wearing women’s clothing, after all; people in drag is pretty damn accepted and celebrated, and it’s not seen as sexual deviancy to the same extent that it was — but the book is damn good. It covers a case that people just don’t hear about anymore.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    This was a classic true crime Ann Rule book! Very fast paced and very informative on a killer that murdered women in Oregon in the late 1960's. This book is not for the faint of heart as it describes in explicit detail what the killer did to the women. I could not put it down and it kept me glued to the page of what was going to happen next. The case of capturing the killer was also very interesting of how the law enforcement officers finally put it all together. Giving it 5* for keeping me glue This was a classic true crime Ann Rule book! Very fast paced and very informative on a killer that murdered women in Oregon in the late 1960's. This book is not for the faint of heart as it describes in explicit detail what the killer did to the women. I could not put it down and it kept me glued to the page of what was going to happen next. The case of capturing the killer was also very interesting of how the law enforcement officers finally put it all together. Giving it 5* for keeping me glued to my seat.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Steph's Romance Book Talk

    Oh my, oh my, Oh Fing MY!! I did not go into this book knowing that it was a true crime mystery. This threw me for a loop and drug me into the story even more. This is the crazy, twisted, dark, chilling account of the serial killer Jerry Brudos aka The Lust Killer. Jerry killed women in the Portland/Salem, Oregon area in the late 1960's. It is crazy to think that such a disturbed person lived. I enjoyed that when I sped up the narration the story felt like a fiction story instead of a biography Oh my, oh my, Oh Fing MY!! I did not go into this book knowing that it was a true crime mystery. This threw me for a loop and drug me into the story even more. This is the crazy, twisted, dark, chilling account of the serial killer Jerry Brudos aka The Lust Killer. Jerry killed women in the Portland/Salem, Oregon area in the late 1960's. It is crazy to think that such a disturbed person lived. I enjoyed that when I sped up the narration the story felt like a fiction story instead of a biography based in facts and evidence. This serial killer's story is also featured in the Netflix's Show: Mindhunter and now can't wait to watch the show. This specific review will be included in the February 2018 Wrap-up. For other video book reviews check out my YouTube Channel: Steph's Rom Book Talk.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    This book is creepy. I learned that if I am ever attacked by a psycho I should fight and try to get away. The girls that fought in this book survived. The girls that tried to reason with him or did what he said because they though he would let them go later were murdered. Jerry Brudos was one sick lunatic. Thank God he died in prison where he belonged.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    Talk about a difficult, extremely disturbing read! Ann Rule definitely gave details and a lot of facts about the Lust Killer, Jerome Brudos, and much of it I'd like to say I wish I hadn't read; however, knowing there are true sickos in this world who care not one iota for a human being is important to try to wrap your head around it. I don't want to give this guy any of my time, so I'll just say that the thing I had no idea about is exactly what a lust killer is. Rule explains that in her afterw Talk about a difficult, extremely disturbing read! Ann Rule definitely gave details and a lot of facts about the Lust Killer, Jerome Brudos, and much of it I'd like to say I wish I hadn't read; however, knowing there are true sickos in this world who care not one iota for a human being is important to try to wrap your head around it. I don't want to give this guy any of my time, so I'll just say that the thing I had no idea about is exactly what a lust killer is. Rule explains that in her afterward in the book. I thought that was just the title that this killer was given, but a lust killer is a specific type of serial killer. I was shocked and saddened by how very little they (law enforcement, detectives, etc.) were able to do back then and this book definitely made me very grateful for the DNA evidence and technology that we have today to help identify creeps like this serial killer. While ONE woman's torture, death, and rape (after death) was more than anyone should ever have to go through, I will say that I'm glad it was "only" four women. I am also very happy to have learned that (view spoiler)[he did spend his life in prison and died there. (hide spoiler)]

  10. 5 out of 5

    AC

    Written in 1983 -- just after her Bundy book -- and published under her pulp pseudonym of "Andy Stack" -- this is essentially a pulp true-crime book, and so a work of inferior quality. I gave it up halfway. Jerry Brudos was a creep, not even intelligent or in the least interesting. One note: We tend still to think of serial murderers as a product of their environment -- but that is not true. While abusive upbringing can exasperate psychopathy, and love (perhaps) moderate it, it does not cause it. Written in 1983 -- just after her Bundy book -- and published under her pulp pseudonym of "Andy Stack" -- this is essentially a pulp true-crime book, and so a work of inferior quality. I gave it up halfway. Jerry Brudos was a creep, not even intelligent or in the least interesting. One note: We tend still to think of serial murderers as a product of their environment -- but that is not true. While abusive upbringing can exasperate psychopathy, and love (perhaps) moderate it, it does not cause it. Brudos did not have such a terrible childhood. His mother was cold and disinterested and prefered his older brother. But that's about it. Yet when Brudos was just 3-years old, his aunt woke-up from a nap and found herself surrounded by a ring of sharpened kitchen knives pointing at her in the center -- and little Jerry sitting there and smirking. It is hard to read about these types and still maintain a principled opposition to the death penalty --unless one has some theological basis for it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gerry

    Jerome Brudos did not like his mother, who doted on his elder brother, and this life style more than likely influenced his later behaviour thought the psychiatrists once he had been captured. But by that time he had killed, most gruesomely, four ladies, all of whom happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. He had transgressed with ladies before he started his killing spree but in a more minor way and he had been fortunate enough not to have been caught. Had he been caught perhaps the d Jerome Brudos did not like his mother, who doted on his elder brother, and this life style more than likely influenced his later behaviour thought the psychiatrists once he had been captured. But by that time he had killed, most gruesomely, four ladies, all of whom happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. He had transgressed with ladies before he started his killing spree but in a more minor way and he had been fortunate enough not to have been caught. Had he been caught perhaps the disasters that followed might not have happened. Oregon's Salem and Portland districts were terrorised once the spree began and Lieutenant James Stovall, one of the best detectives on the force, was at a loss to uncover the killer. He worked diligently and once he got a break he honed in on Brudos, whose insignificant manner, made him appear the least likely of killers. But he was and when Stovall skilfully draws a confession from him the full story unfolds as Brudos told it all quite dispassionately. Meanwhile his somewhat meek and mild wife, who was completely unaware of his activities, could not believe that her husband had committed such crimes. But when she too is suspected of being an accomplice she is devastated. Fortunately the jury at her trial believed in her innocence and she was set free to start a new life under an assumed name. On the other hand, Brudos initially pleaded not guilty but eventually changed his plea thus saving not only the expense of a trial but also preventing the damaging effect such a trial would have had on the families of the victims. 'Lust Killer' reads like a thrilling novel but sadly it is all too true.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    I miss Ann Rule This is one of the few Ann Rule books I missed reading during her lifetime. It is gripping and solidly fact based. It's a bit too long but otherwise a compelling true crime book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    Ann Rule delivers another chilling, true-crime story with Lust Killer. Often reality can be more fearful than fiction. Jerry Brudos was indeed a very sick individual with a hatred of women that started in early childhood. Some of the twisted things he did to his victims was nothing short of shocking. He felt no remorse for the young women he violated and killed. There is also a lesson to be learned by reading this shocking story: be aware of your surroundings, and those around you; fight, scream, Ann Rule delivers another chilling, true-crime story with Lust Killer. Often reality can be more fearful than fiction. Jerry Brudos was indeed a very sick individual with a hatred of women that started in early childhood. Some of the twisted things he did to his victims was nothing short of shocking. He felt no remorse for the young women he violated and killed. There is also a lesson to be learned by reading this shocking story: be aware of your surroundings, and those around you; fight, scream, or do anything you can to draw attention to yourself if you are in a threatening situation; never believe your kidnapper when he says he won't hurt you if you come along quietly. If you are a true crime fan, I would recommend this book! Book Hollow http://myparanormalbookreviews.blogsp...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Taylor (BiblioTay)

    I found the writing to be fantastic. Rule’s Stranger Beside Me had me bored throughout but in Lust Killer I was found myself unable to put it down. I definitely see why people enjoy her writing and plan to check out more of her works now.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    Straightforward biographical sketch of Jerome Henry Brudos. Active in the late 1960's in the Portland/Corvallis/Salem areas of Oregon. Married with two children. Electrician. Shoe fetish. Stocky and incredibly strong. Strangled, raped, and mutilated victims. Weighed bodies with engine parts, and dumped in river. Pleaded guilty. Multiple life sentences. Became a computer expert in prison. Died of liver cancer 2006.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Charles

    I very seldom read true crime accounts. I generally find them horribly banal, and I get irritated at the blurbage where every serial killer victim is "beautiful" or "all American." I read this one to get anecdotes for my psychology classes and for my own writing. I thought it was well told although I didn't find the case itself terribly compelling.

  17. 4 out of 5

    C. M.

    Ann Rule's writing has really matured from her older books like this one. For one, she no longer writes what the murder victim was thinking and feeling before and during the murder, something that drives me nuts in true crime.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I have not read an Ann Rule book in a long time and I forgot how well she writes these stories. Interesting, holds your interest, easy to follow and not so much repetition. This was a super read and I enjoyed it very much..

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    This book has been my least favorite by Ann Rule. I just didn't like it at all I skipped pages and read the last page! It

  20. 5 out of 5

    Beth Lakewood

    I hate to say this, but I found this book to be dull and boring. Sorry, Ann Rule fans. Now I am trying another of Ann Rule's books and it is starting off even worse.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Knight

    This is an older true crime story I chose for research purposes, and it was an interesting but very creepy case.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sarai

    Completely flew through this!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Red In

    Another very good book written by Ann Rule (writing as "Andy Stack"). All of the books by Ann Rule (at least all the ones I've read, and I've read a LOT!) seem to be well researched and well written. This one is about a pretty well-known sadistic serial killer, Jerome Brudos. As in all of her books, you get a bit of background info on the victims, and quite a bit of background info on the killer. In some cases, with the background information, you can easily see how the monster was created. In t Another very good book written by Ann Rule (writing as "Andy Stack"). All of the books by Ann Rule (at least all the ones I've read, and I've read a LOT!) seem to be well researched and well written. This one is about a pretty well-known sadistic serial killer, Jerome Brudos. As in all of her books, you get a bit of background info on the victims, and quite a bit of background info on the killer. In some cases, with the background information, you can easily see how the monster was created. In the case of Brudos, even though his mother 'never liked him' and his father was weak, for me, that, in itself, just doesn't explain the total lack of empathy or the brutality of his crimes. Although I know that having a mother who doesn't love you can have a huge, negative impact on a child, leading to problems well into adulthood, I have to wonder if there wasn't more to it than that. Perhaps the mother was not only emotionally abusive, but also physically abusive. But I digress .... the main point is that this is a very interesting, well-written book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    There are some really messed up people in this world. I like Ann's style of writing where it's pretty straight to the point. Her books make me look up more information about the cases which to means I'm invested. I really feel for the children and wives of the serial killers.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kailey

    My first Ann Rule of summer 2019. Feels good.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Abby Morris

    What a disturbing and fascinating case from the true crime master, Ann Rule! I couldn’t put it down!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tabitha Michel

    I could not put this down. Although there were many points I wanted to. Jerry Brudos was a monster through and through. This story is gruesome to say the least.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Magda

    Interesting read. Well researched and well written

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tierney

    Ann Rule looks deep into the mind of Jerome Brudos and takes us from his early years of contempt for his mother, to his final acts of hatred toward all women. His own wife, whom he loved dearly, never knew of his murders, rapes and unthinkable acts toward the women he abducted. Even when he was apprehended, the stoic confession of his crimes was more an act of bragging than remorse. Ann Rule keeps us turning the pages until we flip the last one 

  30. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    interesting true crime, but very dull

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