I’m not really into historical TC but this book was so well-written and researched that I am giving it five stars. Many of the cases remain unsolved and the author offers abundant theories to keep you thinking. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on the Zodiac. I would like to read a book by this author about more modern and obscure cases. Maybe I’ll get my wish someday! – Amazon Review
Why did mass murderer Marc Lépine hate feminists so much? What happened to the people who went missing on the prairies of the Old West? Why did Paul Denyer “just want to kill”?
Discover the stories behind some of the most shocking murders in true crime history, in this authoritative yet accessible volume, brimming with 15 sinister true crime cases from around the globe. The author digs deep into every case to understand the reasons why seemingly ordinary people become murderers, and examines the social and political context behind the stories. I Just Wanted To Kill doesn’t flinch away from the harrowing detail but approaches every victim with sensitivity, and every murderer with curiosity and insight.
“Great book with many stories that leave one to imagine what the victims thought or felt prior to their death.” – Goodreads Reviewer
This book includes:
- The Frankston Killer – He said he hated women…but then he became one
- The Bloody Benders – The American frontier could be a perilous place for travellers
- The Nazi S-Bahn Murderer – You can’t trust everyone who wears a uniform
- Marc Lépine: Mass Murderer – An ideologically driven rampage by a man who wanted to be a martyr, but became known as a monster
- Moses Sithole: The South African Strangler – One of the world’s most beautiful countries is forever bloodstained by the ‘Black Ted Bundy’ who killed at least 38 women
- The Ratcliffe Highway Murders – What do an escaped tiger, Arthur Conan Doyle, brothels and opium dens have in common? They could all be found on the Ratcliffe Highway…
- Alice Matthews: Too Young To Die – The Minnesota murder with multiple confessions but no prosecution
- Tair Rada: Unsolved and Unjust – A 13-year-old Israeli schoolgirl went to the bathroom and never came back
- Krystian Bala Runs Amok – Most murderers try to hide their crimes. This one wrote a book about it
- The Lake Bodom Murders – One of Scandinavia’s most creepy unsolved crimes
- The Mystery of Mary Rogers – Fall into this rabbit hole of a case, which boasts many theories and a link to Edgar Allen Poe
- The Chocolate Cream Killer – In Victorian Brighton, eating chocolate was about to get dangerous
- The Papin Sisters – Two murders. Two sisters. One mind. France’s most grotesque, brutal slaying.
- The Zodiac – Coincidences, letters, ciphers, phone calls and costumes; they’re all here in the case that everybody has heard of, but nobody has solved.
- The Murder of Little Mary Phagan – Black versus white, North versus South, vigilantes and a deathbed confession in Atlanta, Georgia.
About the Author
Prash Ganendran is a British writer, podcaster and voice actor known for the immersive true crime podcast ‘Prash’s Murder Map’. From the time he first stumbled across a book on Jack the Ripper in his local library aged eight, he has been fascinated with mysteries – and not just the morbid kind!
His work history and hobbies are varied and have included equine biology, fraud investigation and photography. His IT experience as a Cisco Certified Network Engineer gave him the methodical approach to troubleshooting and evidence assessment that he uses in his true crime analysis, and he leaves no stone unturned to get to the bottom of a case. He is passionate about the psychological aspects of crime and understanding what factors create a killer. In his spare time, he enjoys visiting historic sites, connecting with nature, and planning the perfect murder…
He has worked with his wife, writer M. Ganendran, on several joint projects including The Porcelain Cat; a Victorian murder mystery, and No Albatrosses Allowed; a book of fiendish lateral thinking puzzles. Prash also recently released an immersive Jack the Ripper audio series which you can find on all major podcast platforms.
You can find his work here:
Website: https://linktr.ee/prashsmurdermap (including video productions on YouTube)
Follow him on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/prash_creates
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