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Book Title: Lust Killer|
The author of the book: Ann Rule
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Edition: Planet Ann Rule, LLC
Date of issue: June 7th 1987
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EDIT 28/12: HFK's Best True Crime Read in 2016.
It has been years since I last set my foot (wakka wakka) on Rule's true crime books, and I had very little memories of her style other than remembering it to be quite captivating and easy going, which is usually a plus when entering inside the world of cheesy blood and guts. To refresh my memories, I randomly picked few of her books on my last shopping spree, and decided to start with one of her serial killer works without going the usual road of Ted Bundy.
I've realized during the years that I've spend studying criminology that most people have this quite typical view on serial killers. How they are created, what they are, and most importantly, what they do when they finally grow up to be the full blown blood machines that eventually makes them known around the globe. I thought Jerome "The Lust Killer - The Shoe Fetish Slayer" Brudos would make a perfect example of an stereotypical serial killer as his whole road from birth to life imprisonment was not only like a textbook case of "serial killer in the making" but also the kind that would appeal to a greater audience.
Brudos was born to a mother who was not interested on him, did not care for him at all unlike of Brudos older brother, all the while showing strong dominant features and making sure she would have preferred to have a daughter instead of another son. A strong, dominant mother figure combined with a submissive, although decently caring, father figure was the beginning of a long road of hatred towards women.
At a age of 5, Brudos discovered abandoned high heel shoes inside a trashcan of his neighborhood, and that was the starting point to his ever growing women's high heel and underwear fetish. He spend his time stealing underwear from his neighbors, sneaking inside the houses of random women and enjoying the thrill of touching and wearing their pieces. Brudos did not really understand what all that meant, but during the coming years he realized it simple was not enough to satisfy his need, albeit he was not really sure what exactly that need was.
When reaching teenager years, Brudos took another step towards killing by forcing his neighbor, a girl aged 18 whose underwear he had stolen, to pose him nude while taking photographs of her in various seductive positions. He very quickly realized that his sexual pleasure was much more higher when he was able to connect the stolen items to their naked owner. He started to fantasize of kidnapping and imprisoning women, being the dominant one who could do everything and anything with the woman of his choice. Perhaps these fantasies were the thriving behind the violent beating he later on aimed toward a young girl who refused to pose nude for his pleasure.
This time, however, Brudos got caught. His stash of shoes and underwear was found, and he was sent to mental institution where he confessed his earlier deed with the neighbor girl, too. Times were different during the year of 56', but it still astonishes me how this fellow was eventually seen only as a young man with a fetish that took roads less desirable, yet he was considered to be harmless like a teddy bear, someone who should grow out of his childish desires and move on with life, which he eventually did by joining the army, only to be discharged after developing "weird obsessions" that manifested themselves in a form of violent dreams.
To follow the textbook example, Brudos soon found himself following women on the streets that had high heels on, something that seemed to be the greatest trigger to him. At first, he simply attacked the women and stole their shoes to his private collection, but it eventually escalated to a rape that only further fueled his destiny to come.
During this time, Brudos met his future wife, Darcie Metzler. Darcie was a young girl, naive and submissive, a dream girl for Brudos. It seems as he was completely in love with Darcie, after all, she did obey him, took his possessive behavior as a sign of a true love. They had two kids, a girl and a boy, but Brudos did not develop much of an relationship with his daughter. This might be the only blessing in this sad story. Brudos and Metzler's marriage worked enough good for awhile, Darcie kept his husband satisfied by dressing nicely, wearing high heels and posing for his nude photographs.
Naturally, this period would not last long because Brudos needs were not the kinds that any living woman could satisfy. Not in physical, but not in the emotional levels either. Brudos way of dealing with marital problems was to steal more high heels, and more underwear. This calmed down his emotions, and also eased his ever growing headaches from which he had suffered starting at a young age.
This was fairly easy for him to do as the family moved around a lot due to Brudos incapacity to keep any jobs in his field of electricity. Brudos was not a dumb man, his IQ was average or above, but he was never able to keep a job for very long time nor was he capable of reaching his professional goals, even he was often described as genius in his work field.
Brudos was invisible, he did not arouse much interest, hardly anyone remembered him after his secret life came to surface. He was enough easy going, but he was often described as strange, yet again, harmless. Brudos tried to show his cross-dressing side to Darcie, but never got response out of her, and Darcie herself was good at ignoring the times she thought there is something wrong or suspicious looming inside her husband. Very good, as signs there was, a lot of signs to alert the whole county if not a wife.
After careful planning, it was finally time for Brudos to rumble.
In 68' to 69' Brudos kidnapped 4 young women, made them pose for nude photographs before strangling them to death. Brudos liked to dress his victims (and himself while at it) into the pieces he had stolen during the years, he sexually assaulted their dead bodies, and took trophies such as foot and breasts. The foot was for fitting his shoe collection, and the breasts worked as a paper weight. Because, you know, Brudos was very classy, eh.
During Brudos killing spree, 12 women went missing in the near area. Two of his intended victims got away from a "transvestite" by fighting for their lives. Brudos was a sexual sadist without remorse, victims either fought and survived or obeyed and died, Brudos was not a man to let you go. He stalked and kidnapped women in shopping malls, parking lots, and lured them in by making phone calls for possible dates.
Brudos was smart, but did let his inner desires to take the better of him, which led to his capture, combined to an extremely effective (for once!) investigation group, and him confessing 4 murders. Brudos was eventually convicted of only three, because one of the bodies was never found. Brudos wife, Darcie, was accused of being Brudos accomplice, but was later on found not guilty to these charges.
Yet, one has to really, really wonder after reading the whole story, getting all the tiny details, how is that possible not to know. Of course, by self-deception. And some women want to do just that, and nothing else.
Ann Rule did a great job by researching Jerome Brudos story at length, writing it down like an smoothly going fiction, a thriller and a mystery that happened to be a true story. Lust Killer is everything a true crime should be. There is facts, there is speculation, all tied together with a simple yet satisfying writing.
Admittedly, Ann Rule's style is not something I prefer in a long run, I do need the feel of nonfiction in my hands, and in my mind. It keeps me focused on the reality, it doesn't speculate nor does it write victims down as characters but real persons. But for now, and here and there, Rule is a safe bet to make when wanting the treat of always cheap, always fulfilling true blood.
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Read information about the authorAnn Rule was a popular American true crime writer. Raised in a law enforcement and criminal justice system environment, she grew up wanting to work in law enforcement herself. She was a former Seattle Policewoman and was well educated in psychology and criminology.
She came to prominence with her first book, The Stranger Beside Me, about the Ted Bundy murders. At the time she started researching the book, the murders were still unsolved. In the course of time, it became clear that the killer was Bundy, her friend and her colleague as a trained volunteer on the suicide hotline at the Seattle, Washington Crisis Clinic, giving her a unique distinction among true crime writers.
Rule won two Anthony Awards from Bouchercon, the mystery fans' organization. She was nominated three times for the Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America. She is highly regarded for creating the true crime genre as it exists today.
Ann Rule also wrote under the name Andy Stack . Her daughter is Goodreads author Leslie Rule.
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