Friday, March 6, 2009

Through The Window by Diane Fanning:a true crime book review

The true story of Tommy Lynn Sells, considered one of the worst serial killers in history, and one of his victims--a ten-year-old girl--who survived her vicious attack and led authorities to the arrest of the 35-year-old drifter. photos. Original.
Ten-year-old Krystal Surles watched in horror as her best friend was murdered at the hands of an intruder. Then with cold-blooded precision, he brought a twelve-inch boning knife to Krystal's throat. With a single, violent slash, he severed her windpipe and left her for dead. Miraculously, she survived and would lead authorities to the arrest of 35-year-old Tommy Lynn Sells.

Prepare yourself for a totally surreal experience.I have no idea of the title of the book "Through The Window" is because the killer entered though a window in order to kill the little girl's friend and then try and kill her(she is the one who finally identified him and ended his reign of terror) or because the entire time you are reading this book you get the feeling that you are watching the events unfold through a window.

I consider myself to be quite versed on the happenings of the crime world but I could not believe that I have NEVER heard of this serial killer Tommy Lynn Sells.We have all heard of Jeffrey Dahmer and of course Ted Bundy.Jeffrey Damher and Ted Bundy had a specific modus operandi and "reason behind their madness".Tommy Lynn Sells in my opinion is the ultimate serial killer.He just killed for no rhyme or reason.Completely without emotion even to the final confession.He lived as he saw fit by his own rules with no regard to the consequences and completely and utterly remorseless.This man cannot even be described as an animal as animals have instincts.He has none of the qualities that would classify him as a human or a live breathing being of this earth.

Never mind that I felt I was watching through a window the worst thing is I felt he was watching the events unfold as well standing next to me at the window while his physical body committed the murderous acts.This book is not for the faint hearted.I just want to mention one killing spree so you can make up your mind if you can handle this book.He comes upon a small family.He kills the father.Then the little boy.As he is trying to kill the mother she goes into labour.He stops and watches the child being born.Then he kills the baby and then the mother.All for no other reason other than he could.

This books details all his criminal acts which he confessed to but the idea is there were so many that even he has forgotten about some.Diane Fanning wrote this book so brilliantly that any reader will be sucked into the events and as the book progresses you enter a self preservation mode where your mind numbs to the murderous acts and you are absolutely a zombie at the end of this book.It is a brilliant brilliantly written book for the out of body experience that it offers.I highly recommend this book.

I read this book in February 2009.It has 244 pages and 8 pages of pictures.

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