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When Chris Bryson was discovered nude and severely beaten stumbling down Charlotte Street in Kansas City in 1988, Police had no idea they were about to discover the den of one of the most sadistic American serial killers in recent history. This is the true historical story of Robert Berdella, nicknamed by the media the Kansas City Butcher, who from between 1984 and 1988 br When Chris Bryson was discovered nude and severely beaten stumbling down Charlotte Street in Kansas City in 1988, Police had no idea they were about to discover the den of one of the most sadistic American serial killers in recent history. This is the true historical story of Robert Berdella, nicknamed by the media the Kansas City Butcher, who from between 1984 and 1988 brutally raped, tortured and ultimately dismembered 6 young male prostitutes in his unassuming home on a quiet street in Kansas City. Based on the actual 720 page detailed confession provided by Berdella to investigators, it represents one of the most gruesome true crime stories of all time and is unique in the fact that it details each grizzly murder as told by the killer himself. From how he captured each man, to the terrifying methods he used in his torture chamber, to ultimately how he disposed of their corpses - rarely has there ever been a case where a convicted serial killer confessed to police in his own words his crimes in such disturbing detail. Horrific, shocking and rarely equaled in the realms of sadistic torture – Berdella was a sexually driven lust killer and one of the most sadistic sex criminals ever captured. Not for the faint of heart, this is the tale of Robert “Bob“ Berdella, the worst serial killer in Kansas City History and for those that are fans of historical serial killers, is a true must read.


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When Chris Bryson was discovered nude and severely beaten stumbling down Charlotte Street in Kansas City in 1988, Police had no idea they were about to discover the den of one of the most sadistic American serial killers in recent history. This is the true historical story of Robert Berdella, nicknamed by the media the Kansas City Butcher, who from between 1984 and 1988 br When Chris Bryson was discovered nude and severely beaten stumbling down Charlotte Street in Kansas City in 1988, Police had no idea they were about to discover the den of one of the most sadistic American serial killers in recent history. This is the true historical story of Robert Berdella, nicknamed by the media the Kansas City Butcher, who from between 1984 and 1988 brutally raped, tortured and ultimately dismembered 6 young male prostitutes in his unassuming home on a quiet street in Kansas City. Based on the actual 720 page detailed confession provided by Berdella to investigators, it represents one of the most gruesome true crime stories of all time and is unique in the fact that it details each grizzly murder as told by the killer himself. From how he captured each man, to the terrifying methods he used in his torture chamber, to ultimately how he disposed of their corpses - rarely has there ever been a case where a convicted serial killer confessed to police in his own words his crimes in such disturbing detail. Horrific, shocking and rarely equaled in the realms of sadistic torture – Berdella was a sexually driven lust killer and one of the most sadistic sex criminals ever captured. Not for the faint of heart, this is the tale of Robert “Bob“ Berdella, the worst serial killer in Kansas City History and for those that are fans of historical serial killers, is a true must read.

30 review for Robert Berdella: The True Story of The Kansas City Butcher

  1. 4 out of 5

    Valerity (Val)

    A short but revealing ebook about serial killer Robert Berdella, a seriously twisted serial killer who tortured and dismembered 6 young male prostitutes from 1984 to 1988 in his average looking home in Kansas City. Nicknamed "The Kansas City Butcher" by the media for his gruesome habit of cutting up his victims. A short but revealing ebook about serial killer Robert Berdella, a seriously twisted serial killer who tortured and dismembered 6 young male prostitutes from 1984 to 1988 in his average looking home in Kansas City. Nicknamed "The Kansas City Butcher" by the media for his gruesome habit of cutting up his victims.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alex Bear

    It's amazing how the police report style writing of this ebook can turn even the most disturbing and depraved acts sound monotonous. It's amazing how the police report style writing of this ebook can turn even the most disturbing and depraved acts sound monotonous.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette

    I won an e-copy of this book recently and this is my honest review. A very disturbing book which had me turning the pages until finished. It's the first time that I have read any of Jack Rosewood's books and shall look forward to reading more. I just wonder how many more killings would have happened had there not been an escape. I expect there are others out there just like Berdella who have yet to be caught. I recommend this book to all who enjoy true stories about serial killers. I won an e-copy of this book recently and this is my honest review. A very disturbing book which had me turning the pages until finished. It's the first time that I have read any of Jack Rosewood's books and shall look forward to reading more. I just wonder how many more killings would have happened had there not been an escape. I expect there are others out there just like Berdella who have yet to be caught. I recommend this book to all who enjoy true stories about serial killers.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brandi Nyborg

    I've always been an ID Discovery type shows junkie, but I've never actually read a true crime book. This book was my first. While it is short, it is very, very well researched. A majority of it is tough to read due to the subject matter, the author's insight keeps you reading. I will definitely be checking out more by this author. I've always been an ID Discovery type shows junkie, but I've never actually read a true crime book. This book was my first. While it is short, it is very, very well researched. A majority of it is tough to read due to the subject matter, the author's insight keeps you reading. I will definitely be checking out more by this author.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa Ch

    Seriously disturbing acts by a seriously disturbed individual. How had I never heard of him before? Stiff writing and incredibly gruesome.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Robin Morgan

    I read this book via an Amazon-US KINDLE Unlimited download. While I might be a romance author, I’m also a voracious book reviewer. And as a book reviewer I’ve become quite fascinated by the horrendous and sheer heinous things one individual [or a pair of individuals] can do to another, and from time to time I need to read another book which dwells into these true crime murders and their killers and then write a review for that book; which is probably why I’m now a TOP CONTRIBUTOR for this genre I read this book via an Amazon-US KINDLE Unlimited download. While I might be a romance author, I’m also a voracious book reviewer. And as a book reviewer I’ve become quite fascinated by the horrendous and sheer heinous things one individual [or a pair of individuals] can do to another, and from time to time I need to read another book which dwells into these true crime murders and their killers and then write a review for that book; which is probably why I’m now a TOP CONTRIBUTOR for this genre on Amazon. Doing a search for TRUE CRIME books, I found a book about one of the most sadistic serial murderer we’ve come to know in this country, Robert Berdella. While this individual had only committed six murders during a four-year period of time, it’s what he did to poor victims which caused the media to nickname him “The Kansas City Butcher,” because after he’d viciously raped and tormented them, like a butcher cutting up a side of beef; he totally dismembered their bodies. In researching this sexually depraved individual, the author, Jack Rosewood came across the profusely detailed 720-page confession from the killer’s own mouth. Robert Berdella apparently must had been proud of his monstrous deeds to have remembered the minutia of details regarding each one. Starting from how he lured each of his victims to his torture chamber and what he did to them once there, and ending with how he finally got rid of their body pieces. As in all of his books, Mr. Rosewood, goes back to dwell upon the childhood and background for each of his subjects, to see if something might have been there that caused their unbelievable deviant behavior to surface. And ending with the trial and its aftermath, where his readers can find out how each of the participants felt regarding the outcome. When it came Berbella himself, considering everything that happened, I found his feelings and comments to be quite interesting. For having given me and his readers a fascinating non-fiction account about this individual, this author and his book is getting 5 STARS from this reviewer.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Andrews

    It goes into great detail, the torture and murder of the men that he eventually killed. However, I was thinking it was going to be more of a biography than just a review of his murders. It's a true crime short story, ultimately. And it seemed like the author couldn't help himself but put cliche dramatic phrases like "but [insert name here] had no idea what was about to happen" (dun dun DUN!) throughout the book. It goes into great detail, the torture and murder of the men that he eventually killed. However, I was thinking it was going to be more of a biography than just a review of his murders. It's a true crime short story, ultimately. And it seemed like the author couldn't help himself but put cliche dramatic phrases like "but [insert name here] had no idea what was about to happen" (dun dun DUN!) throughout the book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Martha Steele

    The narrator of this audio book was so bad that I can't tell if it was a terribly written book. The subject matter was horrific, but since it's about a truly disturbed and deviant individual, that wasn't all that surprising. If you must read this, please don't choose the audio. It sounded a bit like a really poorly educated robot....terrible pacing and word emphasis, mispronunciation of SO many words. The word escape does not have an x in it. EXSCAPE?? That's just one example. I have never been The narrator of this audio book was so bad that I can't tell if it was a terribly written book. The subject matter was horrific, but since it's about a truly disturbed and deviant individual, that wasn't all that surprising. If you must read this, please don't choose the audio. It sounded a bit like a really poorly educated robot....terrible pacing and word emphasis, mispronunciation of SO many words. The word escape does not have an x in it. EXSCAPE?? That's just one example. I have never been so horrified by a performance....and yeah, the subject matter made me want to take a shower.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Emerson

    This one was pretty good. I would have liked to have heard a bit more about his behaviour as a child, the trial, and the aftermath, but I know more than I did. The narrator was excellent, though the recording sounded tinny. Ah, well. This was worth my $4.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Misich

    Solid true crime covering of the case Rosewood doesn't gloss over the crimes of Berdella. He provides the narrative with the perspective of sympathy and gives the biographies of the victims as qell Solid true crime covering of the case Rosewood doesn't gloss over the crimes of Berdella. He provides the narrative with the perspective of sympathy and gives the biographies of the victims as qell

  11. 5 out of 5

    Katherine George

    Was very descriptive, almost nothing mentioned about the law side of things. Mostly just what the killer did to each victim.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This killer was beyond sick. Well written, but extremely gruesome.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Utterly horrific what this man did to his victims. I advise you read this only if you have a strong stomach.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shelia

    Depraved is tame when trying to explain Robert Berdella and the things he did. I often had to pause the book and come back to it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nicky Renée

    Solid true crime; very descriptive. I would not recommend this to the faint of heart.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Renee Rapley

    Awful Can get more useful information from Wikipedia. Authors speaks nothing of Berdella's life, just each crime. Terribly written, don't waste your $ Awful Can get more useful information from Wikipedia. Authors speaks nothing of Berdella's life, just each crime. Terribly written, don't waste your $

  17. 5 out of 5

    Molly Pearman

    Pretty cut and dry telling of the story but informative nonetheless

  18. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Injoy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Robert Berdella: The True Story of the Kansas City Butcher by Jack Rosewood Spoiler Alert!!!    Robert Berdella: The True Story of the Kansas City Butcher by Jack Rosewood, Historical Serial Killers & Murderers, True Crime by Evil Killers Volume 5 detailed the monstrous tortures he inflicted on at least six victims.  This is a brutal book & difficult to read.  He dismembered his victims & no complete bodies were found.  "He kept detailed notes on his exploits..." He also took Polaroid photographs Robert Berdella: The True Story of the Kansas City Butcher by Jack Rosewood Spoiler Alert!!!    Robert Berdella: The True Story of the Kansas City Butcher by Jack Rosewood, Historical Serial Killers & Murderers, True Crime by Evil Killers Volume 5 detailed the monstrous tortures he inflicted on at least six victims.  This is a brutal book & difficult to read.  He dismembered his victims & no complete bodies were found.  "He kept detailed notes on his exploits..." He also took Polaroid photographs of the torture.   His early family life was normal & uneventful.  He was bullied because he had to wear thick glasses because of his poor eyesight.  He was above average in intelligence but sometimes seemed rude & condescending.   His first victim, Jerry Howell, choked on his own vomit after being drugged heavily & raped repeatedly.  It was ten months before he had the nerve to kill again & his second victim was Robert Sheldon.  He tortured him without mercy & finally suffocated him with a plastic bag over his head.  This time he kept his head as a trophy & buried it in the garden in his backyard.  Victim number three was Mark Wallace & that took place only two months after he had killed Sheldon.  After almost a year since his first victim, he officially became a serial killer.   Walter Ferris was victim number four.  He wanted to keep him prisoner for a longer period of time so needed to temper the degrees of his torture.  His time was brief but Berdella wasn't disappointed since he believed Ferris had set him up with the police for a drug bust.   His fifth victim was Todd Stoops.  Word had spread on the street that Berdella was to be avoided because he liked his sex rough & that Jerry Howell's disappearance was related to him.  Stoops was a prisoner for thirteen days before his death.   Eleven months after Todd Stoops was killed, he finally found Larry Pearson, his sixth victim.  It was 1987.   He kept him captive for nearly two months until Todd bit him & Berdella had to go to the hospital for stitches.  He needed to stay but told the doctor he had to check on a dog that had just had puppies & would return.  While a taxi waited he suffocated Stoops with a plastic bag & left him while he returned to the hospital.  Stoops had been dead three days by the time he returned from the hospital.  Berdella had kept the air conditioning turned on full blast but the smell of death had become an issue.   April 2, 1998 one of his victims, Chris Bryson, after four days of captivity, jumped out the window to escape.  The Kansas City Police took over the investigation.   I gave this book three stars because of the incorrectly spelled words & homonymns throughout.  It was well researched but the evil it described was horrific.    I received a complimentary kindle copy from Amazon.  This did not change my opinion for this review.   Link to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Robert-Berdella...

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tony Parsons

    This guy made Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer look like a choir boy. If you like true-crime you have to read this 1 also. Warning: This book is for adults only & contains extreme violence, adult content or expletive language &/or sexually explicit scenarios. It may be offensive to some readers. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one. A very aw This guy made Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer look like a choir boy. If you like true-crime you have to read this 1 also. Warning: This book is for adults only & contains extreme violence, adult content or expletive language &/or sexually explicit scenarios. It may be offensive to some readers. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one. A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written true crime mystery book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of very unique/colorful characters to keep track of. This could also make another great true crime mystery movie, criminal justice, sociology PP presentation or mini TV series (A & E, History channel). A very easy rating of 5 stars. Thank you for the free Goodreads; Wiq Media; Author; PDF book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Angela Miles

    Horrific, explicit book This is a book that should be skipped by anyone sensitive or who has rape triggers. There is explicit language and graphic depiction of torture, rape, etc. This is a well written book, but very graphic. Despite being a fan of true crime, this book was a very hard read. I finished it because the men he killed need to be remembered, their story needs to be known. Berdella hurt humans in ways no one should ever be hurt. These serial killers manage to exist in society and no on Horrific, explicit book This is a book that should be skipped by anyone sensitive or who has rape triggers. There is explicit language and graphic depiction of torture, rape, etc. This is a well written book, but very graphic. Despite being a fan of true crime, this book was a very hard read. I finished it because the men he killed need to be remembered, their story needs to be known. Berdella hurt humans in ways no one should ever be hurt. These serial killers manage to exist in society and no one knows until they are caught. These men he killed mattered. This is not a good book, it is a truthful book. My heart hurts for the men he hurt and the people who loved those men.

  21. 4 out of 5

    L J Field

    I don't know that I've ever read a true crime book that offered so much detailed (and I mean detailed!) information about a serial killers horrendous acts. It could be that Berdella offered a great help to the author in that he not only took pictures and kept a very detailed diary, but he also talked to the investigators about his crimes requiring 700 pages of transcript to get it all down. This obviously gave Mr. Rosewood information and a chance to acquire a profound look at this beast. The au I don't know that I've ever read a true crime book that offered so much detailed (and I mean detailed!) information about a serial killers horrendous acts. It could be that Berdella offered a great help to the author in that he not only took pictures and kept a very detailed diary, but he also talked to the investigators about his crimes requiring 700 pages of transcript to get it all down. This obviously gave Mr. Rosewood information and a chance to acquire a profound look at this beast. The author writes the story clearly, trimming out non-essentials and gets right to the gist of the horrors. Be warned, however. This is NOT for the faint of heart. This is pretty gruesome stuff and a particularly scary look into the depths of depravity that a human being can sink into.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Connor

    I received this book as a free PDF manuscript from the author. I found it to be both suspenseful and disturbing at the same time. I did find . some typos and grammatical issues throughout it. However, the overall story it was detailed and well researched. As the reader I kept asking myself how someone could treat another human being the way he did during his torture and killing spree. It is an unforgettable narrative of an unforgettable criminal. I look forward to reading this author's next work I received this book as a free PDF manuscript from the author. I found it to be both suspenseful and disturbing at the same time. I did find . some typos and grammatical issues throughout it. However, the overall story it was detailed and well researched. As the reader I kept asking myself how someone could treat another human being the way he did during his torture and killing spree. It is an unforgettable narrative of an unforgettable criminal. I look forward to reading this author's next work.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    Compared to the other book I read (Cary Stayner). I liked the writing in this book much better. A vicious man no doubt, but in this book the author shows more than the facts of Berdella's crimes but instead shows you more about his lifestyle and how he fit into society without drawing attention. This book might make you wonder about some of your own neighbors! Although the crimes themselves were unnerving and horrific- the book was an interesting read. I was given a copy of this book for my hone Compared to the other book I read (Cary Stayner). I liked the writing in this book much better. A vicious man no doubt, but in this book the author shows more than the facts of Berdella's crimes but instead shows you more about his lifestyle and how he fit into society without drawing attention. This book might make you wonder about some of your own neighbors! Although the crimes themselves were unnerving and horrific- the book was an interesting read. I was given a copy of this book for my honest opinion.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Arcadia

    WHEW this was a rough one. This was super interesting, but VERY graphic. I was very interested to read about history of my home city, especially an area I know well, but it was definitely a stomach turning book. Robert Berdella was one very sick man, who did some very horrible things, and this author did not beat around the bush about the details. I would cautiously recommend this book, but only if you can honestly handle graphic details of sexual sadism.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Luke Ahearn

    I wanted to give five stars A few grammatical errors, a book too short for the price. Those are my only complaints. This tells the whole story and that too is a good thing. But still, the page count is a bit low. You may think it is a five or a three. I don't know. Read the sample first. I wanted to give five stars A few grammatical errors, a book too short for the price. Those are my only complaints. This tells the whole story and that too is a good thing. But still, the page count is a bit low. You may think it is a five or a three. I don't know. Read the sample first.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    Mr. Rosewood does it again. He tell the story of a sadistic individual's gruesome torture and murder of area prostitutes. His story is riveting and scary as Mr. Berdella was an unassuming individual who lived and worked within his community while committing these heinous crimes. Makes you look twice at your neighbor... I received a copy of this book for my honest review. Mr. Rosewood does it again. He tell the story of a sadistic individual's gruesome torture and murder of area prostitutes. His story is riveting and scary as Mr. Berdella was an unassuming individual who lived and worked within his community while committing these heinous crimes. Makes you look twice at your neighbor... I received a copy of this book for my honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kekmaw

    A+ Sick crimes by the worst man ever.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dan Meador

    Terror down the street Terror and horror down the street a sick minded serial killer to submit to acts so heinous no one could ever imagine...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Hari Brandl

    Interesting content. Very. But... needs editing. (Aside: pupils can't be burned: they are holes. Corneas above pupils can be burned, which would be excruciating) Interesting content. Very. But... needs editing. (Aside: pupils can't be burned: they are holes. Corneas above pupils can be burned, which would be excruciating)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Karen Bullock

    5 stars! Gruesome, deviant, twisted & yet somewhat familiar to John Wayne Gacy. Sadistic, grotesque & disturbing & definitely not for the faint of heart. I do not remember hearing about Robert Berdella, so reading this today was an eye opener for sure. It is about control: Robert fiercely needed control over his victims but could not control his twisted desires enough to seek out help. The bonus chapter was a great read for anyone who likes to read true crime.

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