Review: Alphabet Killer: The True Story of the Double Initial Murders by Cheri Farnsworth

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Title: Alphabet Killer The True Store of the Double Initial Murders
Author: Cheri Farnsworth
Published: Aug. 13, 2010
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Pages: 176
Genre: True Crime
Review: ebook
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 








Between 1971 and 1973, three young girls, ages ten to eleven, were found sexually assaulted and slain near Rochester, New York. The girls all had double initials for their first and last names and were found dead in suburbs with names in which the first letter coordinated with the girls' initials. Two prime suspects later committed suicide. A third suspect, Kenneth Bianchi, went to California where he went on to become one of the infamous Hillside Stranglers, but to this day he insists he had nothing to do with the so-called Double Initial, or Alphabet, murders. The crimes remain unsolved, but interest in the case was reenergized with the release of a fictionalized motion picture loosely based on the murders. This factual account, the first book fully devoted to the case, explores the crime and the ongoing investigation.

When I saw the title of this book I really wanted to read it. I like reading about murders and if they have been solved or not.

With this book I learned it was made into a movie and I am surprised I have not seen it yet, going to have to go and search for it.
This book is mostly facts of three cases that involve young girls. They have never been solved so we never get a clear answer as to who-dun-it. And I know that is how it is with most unsolved murders, but I felt this book needed something more than just a lot of telling us repetitive things, how since the cases are still opened there is not a lot that can be given out. 
I would have liked more of an insight from detectives on how they felt with not being able to solve this crime. 
Overall it was a decent read nothing special about it. Just three young girls murdered and how law enforcement tried to put the cases together but never had a person to put it on. 
The author did a good job with giving us an insight on the girls lives, what witnesses saw so hopefully someone reads this book and can say I remember that. Maybe someone will come forward you never know. This book would be good for people who like to read unsolved crimes. As for me this wasn't what I was really expecting.




Cheri Farnsworth
Thanks for stopping by. Writing and research are two great passions of mine. As a para-historian, I have sought the history behind paranormal activity in places I wrote about in earlier books; and, in doing so, I learned a great deal about researching historical crimes. While I have written many books on the paranormal over the last ten years, the last several books were of regional history and true crime.
My titles are as follows, with some of the earlier titles being listed under Cheri Revai:
Alphabet Killer: The True Story of the Double Initial Murders (2010)
Murder & Mayhem in St. Lawrence County (2010)
Murder & Mayhem in Jefferson County (2011)
Adirondack Enigma: The Depraved Intellect and Mysterious Life of North Country Wife Killer Henry Debosnys (2010)
Wicked Northern New York (2011)
Haunted Northern New York, Volumes 1-4 (2002, 2003, 2004, 2010)
Haunted Connecticut (2007)
Haunted Massachusetts (2003)
Haunted New York City (2008)
Haunted Hudson Valley (2010)
The Big Book of New York Ghost Stories (2009)
Haunted New York (2005)
Feel free to contact me at farnsworth.cheri@gmail.com.

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