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Will A Serial Killer Soon Walk The Streets Again? Don Miller was quiet and reserved. As a former youth pastor, he seemed a devout Christian. No one would have ever suspected that the recent graduate of the Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice was a serial killer. However, when Miller was arrested for the attempted murder of two teenagers in 1978, police quick Will A Serial Killer Soon Walk The Streets Again? Don Miller was quiet and reserved. As a former youth pastor, he seemed a devout Christian. No one would have ever suspected that the recent graduate of the Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice was a serial killer. However, when Miller was arrested for the attempted murder of two teenagers in 1978, police quickly realized he was probably responsible for the disappearances of four women. Offered a still-controversial plea bargain, he led police to the bodies of the missing women. Now, after forty years in prison, Miller has served his time and is due to be released into an unsuspecting population. In KILLING WOMEN, author Rodney Sadler examines the crimes, the “justice” meted out, and the impending freedom of a man nationally renowned psychiatrist Dr. Frank Ochberg wrote: “… is a member of a small, deadly, dangerous population: murderers who stalk, capture, torture and kill; murderers who derive sexual and narcissistic gratification from their predation; murderers who maintain a ‘mask of sanity’ appearing normal and harmless.”


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Will A Serial Killer Soon Walk The Streets Again? Don Miller was quiet and reserved. As a former youth pastor, he seemed a devout Christian. No one would have ever suspected that the recent graduate of the Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice was a serial killer. However, when Miller was arrested for the attempted murder of two teenagers in 1978, police quick Will A Serial Killer Soon Walk The Streets Again? Don Miller was quiet and reserved. As a former youth pastor, he seemed a devout Christian. No one would have ever suspected that the recent graduate of the Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice was a serial killer. However, when Miller was arrested for the attempted murder of two teenagers in 1978, police quickly realized he was probably responsible for the disappearances of four women. Offered a still-controversial plea bargain, he led police to the bodies of the missing women. Now, after forty years in prison, Miller has served his time and is due to be released into an unsuspecting population. In KILLING WOMEN, author Rodney Sadler examines the crimes, the “justice” meted out, and the impending freedom of a man nationally renowned psychiatrist Dr. Frank Ochberg wrote: “… is a member of a small, deadly, dangerous population: murderers who stalk, capture, torture and kill; murderers who derive sexual and narcissistic gratification from their predation; murderers who maintain a ‘mask of sanity’ appearing normal and harmless.”

30 review for KILLING WOMEN: The True Story of Serial Killer Don Miller's Reign of Terror

  1. 5 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    Don Miller was a quiet man, an unassuming man. Who could have guessed what atrocities he was responsible for? Miller strangled four women, some whose bodies were not found at the time, assaulted a teenage girl and stabbed the girl's brother. It was the last two attempted murders that finally put him behind bars. Offered a still-controversial plea bargain, he led police to the bodies of the missing women. Now, after forty years in prison, Miller has served his time and is due to be released into an Don Miller was a quiet man, an unassuming man. Who could have guessed what atrocities he was responsible for? Miller strangled four women, some whose bodies were not found at the time, assaulted a teenage girl and stabbed the girl's brother. It was the last two attempted murders that finally put him behind bars. Offered a still-controversial plea bargain, he led police to the bodies of the missing women. Now, after forty years in prison, Miller has served his time and is due to be released into an unsuspecting population. The author obviously did diligent research. He takes the reader into the mind of this serial killer .. and then gives the victim their voices. What I found most interesting was the length the state went to to insure Miller did not leave the prison. Just months away from being released, a psychiatrist warned that Miller was a danger .... who would continue to stalk, kill, torture, while maintaining a perfectly harmless outward appearance. I had not ever heard about this case, this killer. For anyone who is a fan of true crime, I highly recommend this book. Many thanks to the author / Wild Blue Press for the digital copy of this true crime account. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    John

    Story - 4/5 Narration - 5/5

  3. 4 out of 5

    Denny

    Wow !!! I truly believe this is Rod Sadler's best book yet. A must read true crime account of a serial killer in the Lansing, MI area from the mid to late 70's. Rod does an incredible job of introducing all the personalities associated with the crimes from the victims, investigators, attorneys, and the perpetrator and their backgrounds while also doing a great job of giving the reader a lay of the land so to speak for the social climate of the day. From the moment I started reading it I didn't w Wow !!! I truly believe this is Rod Sadler's best book yet. A must read true crime account of a serial killer in the Lansing, MI area from the mid to late 70's. Rod does an incredible job of introducing all the personalities associated with the crimes from the victims, investigators, attorneys, and the perpetrator and their backgrounds while also doing a great job of giving the reader a lay of the land so to speak for the social climate of the day. From the moment I started reading it I didn't want to put it down. Rod makes you feel like you are a part of this investigation as you read along and become angered, outraged, disgusted, and empathy for all the victims. I do enjoy true crime stories but it's easy to forget that they are TRUE and that there are real people involved in these horrendous crimes. Through Rod's extensive, thorough research I was left feeling like I know these victims and I felt great compassion for them while being incensed that Donald Miller could be free some day. I am very much looking forward to the next project from this author. Thanks for a great read Rod and God Bless the victims of the crimes in this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Laura Peden

    2.5 stars. This was the most tedious true crime book I’ve ever read...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Riggs

    This is the first book I have read by Rob Sadler and it is a great book, and well written, It’s a gripping story that and captures your emotions and is very hard to put down and I look forward to more books from this author! As you are drawn into this book You will feel like you are a part of this investigation as the author introducing you all the personalities associated with the crimes from the victims, investigators, attorneys, and the perpetrator. You will feel disgust and anger as you here This is the first book I have read by Rob Sadler and it is a great book, and well written, It’s a gripping story that and captures your emotions and is very hard to put down and I look forward to more books from this author! As you are drawn into this book You will feel like you are a part of this investigation as the author introducing you all the personalities associated with the crimes from the victims, investigators, attorneys, and the perpetrator. You will feel disgust and anger as you here of all the crimes Don miller has committed and he is only 25 when he is caught. Donald Miller could be free some day but thanks to the prosecution he is still behind bars. Don manipulated the Psychiatrists that assessed him and admitted to pretending he was mad and seeing things. Although the attorneys had to make a deal to get Doon to confess where the bodies of his victims where they did a brilliant job on all the cases and eventually got Don incarcerated on the rape and attempted murder of a 14 year old girl and her brother. Don is an extremely dangerous criminal who should never be released as he will certainly kill again. A must read for true crime readers and Many thanks Wildblue Press.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Peggy

    If you like true crime books this is one to pick up or add to your to be read list. Well written page turner to say the least. This will make you wander why people can be so sick and do the things they do. This book will draw you in and make you feel like you are part of the real investigation that took place. One of the best true crime book I have read in awhile!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Marsha

    I don’t typically read true crime books but this one caught my eye. I lived in the Lansing Michigan area during the time of the murders, I attended the same church as The Millers and Young families and knew many of the areas that were mentioned in this book. I found this book compelling. I was interested in what happened after Don Miller’s conviction and incarceration. Although some of the courtroom scenes in this book were long for me, I learned a lot about the law. I recognized the names, of t I don’t typically read true crime books but this one caught my eye. I lived in the Lansing Michigan area during the time of the murders, I attended the same church as The Millers and Young families and knew many of the areas that were mentioned in this book. I found this book compelling. I was interested in what happened after Don Miller’s conviction and incarceration. Although some of the courtroom scenes in this book were long for me, I learned a lot about the law. I recognized the names, of the legal team, of course, as well. I think this is a well written book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Meh... The book was good, but not great, and left a lot of questions unanswered for me. I started school at MSU in 1979 right after Don Miller was on trial. I’ve lived in the Lansing area since then and never knew anything about this case until this book. It was interesting to read about places that I have known and frequented many times over the past decades, albeit now with a macabre association. As someone who likes true crime stories and television shows, and has a great interest in psychopa Meh... The book was good, but not great, and left a lot of questions unanswered for me. I started school at MSU in 1979 right after Don Miller was on trial. I’ve lived in the Lansing area since then and never knew anything about this case until this book. It was interesting to read about places that I have known and frequented many times over the past decades, albeit now with a macabre association. As someone who likes true crime stories and television shows, and has a great interest in psychopathic and abnormal psychology, this book felt a little flat on that for me. There’s not much history about how Don grew up and what made him the way he was, nor is there a “reason” why he committed these crimes or how he went about them other than generalities. Not to be gruesome, but it would have been interesting to know how he killed these women, why he chose them, why were Marita’s hands cut off and why did her grave have an altar-like quality to it? Why were Martha’s clothes laid out the way they were yet her body was disposed of 2 miles away? Did he actually run Kristine down with his car before getting out and arguing with her and pushing her into the front seat? Did he actually “date” Wendy Bush before he killed her? And how did he end up out at a rural house on Canal Road attacking two young teens – was it random or planned? How do we know that? A few of these things you find out at the very end of the book when he’s talking about the trial for the garrotte, but by then the timing is off and you have to reconnect the dots. Though there are some minor descriptions of people and places, don’t expect anything exceptional In terms of setting the scene or building tension. Much of the book is a dry retelling of court documents to the point that dozens of footnotes stating consecutive pages for court documents follow each chapter. That made the book very slow reading for me. Finally, the author’s credibility was challenged by numerous instances of missing words, misplaced commas, a few verb tense issues, and the fact that he misspelled “Alaiedon Township” and “Town Courier”, things he should know if he’s lived here all his life. A couple instances even made me chuckle! Throughout the book, the killer is called Don or Donald, yet at one point he answers that his name is Don, not Donald. So why do the author and others keep referring to him as “Donald Miller” throughout the rest of the book? I found that irritating, though ultimately of little importance to the point of the book. I’m not sure who edited the book, but a good editor would’ve caught all those things. I have to say, in support of a budding author, I do appreciate his time and energy researching the topic and presenting it to us in this format.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Darcia Helle

    Don Miller's case is fascinating in that morbid way of true crime. It's easy to see in retrospect how disturbed and, yes, creepy this man is, but of course we already know he's a serial killer, and now we're looking at events through that special lens hindsight provides. Still, I can't help but think this guy must've given off an uneasy vibe, at the very least. A lot of research and detail is provided within these pages. We get to know Miller and his victims, and we see how his strict religious b Don Miller's case is fascinating in that morbid way of true crime. It's easy to see in retrospect how disturbed and, yes, creepy this man is, but of course we already know he's a serial killer, and now we're looking at events through that special lens hindsight provides. Still, I can't help but think this guy must've given off an uneasy vibe, at the very least. A lot of research and detail is provided within these pages. We get to know Miller and his victims, and we see how his strict religious beliefs shaped him. Then we follow the investigation, arrest, trial, and eventual conviction. The writing is methodical, a straight forward account that sometimes lacks personality. This is more textbook than narrative nonfiction; the kind of book you read for facts rather than emotion. Content, particularly in the second half, is often repetitive, as we're provided with an extensive account of the investigation, preliminary hearing, and trial. For me, the most interesting aspect of the trial process was the psychological testing Don Miller was given by both the prosecution and defense. The psychiatrists' opposing conclusions, which so often happens in these cases, is troubling, and says more about our faulty justice system than about Miller's mental health. Also included is a letter written to the author by Don Miller, which gives us a glimpse into this killer's mind. Is he crazy or a master of manipulation? I'm thinking both. *I received a review copy from WildBlue Press.*

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amy Shannon

    Chilling! Sadler pens a chilling title in KILLING WOMEN: The True Story of Serial Killer Don Miller’s Reign of Terror. I am a fan of true crime stories, and this one chilled me to the bone. I wasn't familiar with Miller's reign of terror, but I will now never forget it. Sadler tells the story as he was familiar with it and in law enforcement. He certainly did his research and did the victims a service by telling the stories. It's not just about what Miller did, it's who he did it to. In the begin Chilling! Sadler pens a chilling title in KILLING WOMEN: The True Story of Serial Killer Don Miller’s Reign of Terror. I am a fan of true crime stories, and this one chilled me to the bone. I wasn't familiar with Miller's reign of terror, but I will now never forget it. Sadler tells the story as he was familiar with it and in law enforcement. He certainly did his research and did the victims a service by telling the stories. It's not just about what Miller did, it's who he did it to. In the beginning, Jeffrey Sauter, prosecutor, is quoted, "his persona is a disguise ... the same disguise that he used before, both to get close to his victims, and to deny culpability. Miller's crimes identify him as a human predator, and there is no reliable basis to conclude he has changed." Miller is one of Michigan's notorious serial killers. I learned a lot from this story, and it probably helps others in law enforcement as a tool. I also want to mention the victim's names in honor of their terrifying story, so they will be remembered; Martha Sue Young, Marita Choquette, Wendy Bush, and Kristine Stuart. I look forward to reading more by this author. This book is a definite recommendation by Amy's Bookshelf Reviews.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Velvet Michael

    This book was so good that I couldn't put it down. I started reading this in the early evening and read straight through into the early morning. Rod has done an excellent job of telling this tale. His descriptions brought it all back, the horror and the fear that was felt in knowing that there was a serial killer so close to our homes. Rod's book takes you there, his book it fast-paced and told the tale in a realistic and descriptive way. He was precise and the story flowed easily, and it made y This book was so good that I couldn't put it down. I started reading this in the early evening and read straight through into the early morning. Rod has done an excellent job of telling this tale. His descriptions brought it all back, the horror and the fear that was felt in knowing that there was a serial killer so close to our homes. Rod's book takes you there, his book it fast-paced and told the tale in a realistic and descriptive way. He was precise and the story flowed easily, and it made you feel like you were there with the police and others who dealt with trying to find this man and to put him behind bars so we would all feel safe. I grew up in Eaton County and was a teenager when this happened. This was a crime that my mother held up as an example of what to be wary of as a young girl. I remember the news reports and my grandmother reading about this in the Lansing State Journal. We were all aware of this case and everyone felt great relief when this was over. If you are a lover of True Crime then this is definitely a book that you want to add to your library, you'll be glad that you did.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Randolph A Rossi

    Don Miller is Up for Parole This Year (2021) It is a well written and researched book on the Serial Killer Don Miller, who had murdered five women and was only caught because he attempted to rape and murder a teenage girl and her younger brother in broad daylight. Most of the book covers the multiple interviews he and the witnesses had with law enforcement, and the various legal proceedings culminating his conviction for the rape and attempted murder of the teenage girl and the attempted murder o Don Miller is Up for Parole This Year (2021) It is a well written and researched book on the Serial Killer Don Miller, who had murdered five women and was only caught because he attempted to rape and murder a teenage girl and her younger brother in broad daylight. Most of the book covers the multiple interviews he and the witnesses had with law enforcement, and the various legal proceedings culminating his conviction for the rape and attempted murder of the teenage girl and the attempted murder of her younger brother. I can’t understand how he is sentenced to 30 to 50 years but with good behavior he was going to be released in only 19 years. Fortunately, the authorities convicted hIm of making a deadly weapon in prison which revoked his good time and added additional time to his incarceration. I looked him up and found that in 2016 the full parole board heard his parole application and rejected it and the next parole hearing would be five years later which is this year, 2021. I hope they again reject it now and again in 2026, so that he will only be released in 2031 at the age of 76.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Gibbons

    I'd split this book into two halves: the first half describing the nature of the crimes and the lives of the victims is engaging and well written, the second half drags on and reads like a court transcript. Well-researched book overall and a case that deserves the attention, just wish the retelling of what transpired in Miller's court hearings didn't get so caught up in the minutia of legal motions and detailed play-by-plays of every witness called. I'd split this book into two halves: the first half describing the nature of the crimes and the lives of the victims is engaging and well written, the second half drags on and reads like a court transcript. Well-researched book overall and a case that deserves the attention, just wish the retelling of what transpired in Miller's court hearings didn't get so caught up in the minutia of legal motions and detailed play-by-plays of every witness called.

  14. 4 out of 5

    cobin

    Very well researched Enormous amount of research especially court transcripts. Because of this, the book can seem to drag a little. However, the book clearly lays out the facts to let you form your own opinions.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ronnie Cramer

    Some aspects of the case are barely touched upon while others are discussed interminably.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shirley Denton

    Interesting and horrifying. However, the book was a much slower read than it needed to be with too many details of court proceedings.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Donna Alexander

    The first half is interesting. But the trial is basically a repeat of everything learned during the investigation.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Killing Women Wonderful true crime. Very well written and the facts never got over whelming like a lot is true crime novels now. If you like true crime I can recommend this one.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Diane Hoffa Fessler

  20. 5 out of 5

    Betty Lytle

  21. 4 out of 5

    kathleen hanvey

  22. 4 out of 5

    dick

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joan Dematteo

  24. 5 out of 5

    Frances Leo

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dale Marrone

  26. 5 out of 5

    Abbie

  27. 5 out of 5

    Muzz

  28. 4 out of 5

    Donna Chambless

  29. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Jean Schubert

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Sattler

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