Hi hon! Yes, I could suggest a few for you, actually.
Why? - The Serial Killer in America by Margaret Cheney
The Die Song by Dr. Donald T. Lunde
Gary Ridgway (featuring special guest, Ted Bundy!)
The Riverman: Ted Bundy and I Hunt for the Green River Killer by Robert Keppel
Killing for Company by Brian Masters
(You probably already read one of these though - they’re basically the same book to be honest)
I would like to take a moment to suggest visiting mansonatwar’s FAQ page where they list a few good books to consider. I’m not an expert on Charlie, but mansonatwar, whoischarlesmanson, and look-at-your-game-girl are wonderful tumblr resources.
Aaaaaand I think that’s all I can think of at the moment. These would be my top recommendations. You already got The Nightstalker by Philip Carlo, so, if you can complete a handful of the babies on this list, you’re pretty much covered in terms of the best/most popular true crime books.
If you’d like more names, you could try my “serial killer books” tag - I’ll reblog a personal post for you in a hot minute. I took a picture of all my true crime books a few months ago and I think that should give you some more names, but this list right here is my go-to whenever anyone asks for suggestions!
Thank you so much for asking me, love - I’m honored you’d consider my opinion on the matter! :D And I hope you don’t mind me publishing this - I like to make these public so others can have reference. :3
Thanks again and happy reading! <3
Hi hon! Thank you so much for your kind words and warm welcome back! :D And thank you so much for the question! Yes, I can make a few suggestions for you in terms of books and documentaries…
As for books, Don Davis is a good start, but he did suggest that Jeff might have been molested at a young age, which is actually untrue according to an interview done with him and a few detectives - you can find the transcript in his FBI files which were made available for download by the lovely ladykrampus.
One of the best books available on Jeff would be “A Father’s Story” by Jeff’s dad, Dr. Lionel Dahmer. For obvious reasons, this book will give you insight about what Jeff was like from the point of view of someone who was extremely close to him, so, this is a must read/must have on Jeff.
“The Man Who Could Not Kill Enough,” by Anne E. Schwartz is another great, and rather accurate book - Schwartz was the very first journalist on the scene during Dahmer’s arrest and she was present at jury selection and throughout the trial. She’ll give you some insights that you can’t find anywhere else. She mentioned some pretty interesting stuff regarding Jeff’s sex life, as the details had to be spelled out pretty graphically during the trial - these are tidbits you won’t even find on the actual trial footage, which I would also advise you to watch. It’s still an excerpt, as it’s just an hour and a half, but it’s worth the time.
“The Shrine of Jeffrey Dahmer,” by Brian Masters is another great one and comes highly recommended by almost everyone who has ever read the book. Brian Masters is also the author of “Killing for Company,” which is about Dennis Nilsen, aka “The British Jeffrey Dahmer.”
Finally, the graphic novel, “My Friend Dahmer” by Derf Backderf is another recommendation I would make only because this is another depiction of Jeff from the point of view of someone close to him (a high school friend). Although, do take it with a grain of salt, as Mr. Backderf is very quick to over-dramatize at times and just generally make Jeff out to seem much more of a miserable human being than he might actually have been.
In terms of articles, this People Magazine article entitled “The Final Victim” from December, 1994 is really great. You get a little insight about Jeff and his sense of humor as he was coping with prison life just before his death. The article itself is about his murder in prison.
So, I think that gives you the broad spectrum of books and documents that spans just about every aspect of Jeff’s life, from childhood, adolescence, the murders, the arrest, the trial, his time in prison, and finally, his death. There are, of course, other books out there, but these would be my personal recommendations - the people involved are highly credible and source their facts very well. In general, with Jeff, the rule of thumb is, if it isn’t from his FBI file, from his Army files, from his father, from his own mouth, from Park Dietz, from Robert Ressler, from Anne Schwartz, or from Detective Kennedy, side-eye the shit out of it.
Ok, so I hope that helped, love! :D And thank you again for asking me and giving me the opportunity to share this info! I hope you don’t mind me making it public! :x And thanks again for the lovely, warm welcome! I really appreciate it! Honestly, if it wasn’t for you guys, this gore-sensitive website wouldn’t be worth a single damn. <3