It’s one of the better books out there, but I wouldn’t say it’s entirely accurate - there is a section in it where he says that Jeff was molested at age 8 and that it was Lionel Dahmer who suggested that a neighbor boy might have done it. This was later found to be untrue - even if Lionel Dahmer ever suggested the idea of molestation, it was probably done as conjecture. Jeff’s dad was trying to understand what happened to his son more than anyone else and was brainstorming just as much as the psychologists and criminal profilers were. Jeff himself adamantly denied ever having been molested by anyone at any time in his life.
If I recall, it also mistakenly said that Dahmer died as a result of head trauma with a “broomstick handle,” which was a rumor propagated in the 90s. He wasn’t killed with a broomstick handle, nor was he sodomized at any time during his incarceration or after his death - he was killed with a metal rod which was taken from the prison gym.
Aside from that, it had really good facts about his time in the Army, and was just a good read in general. It’s a good intro book, in my opinion. If you’re looking for accuracy and detail, I’d say stick with Ann E. Schwartz’ The Man Who Could Not Kill Enough and Lionel Dahmer’s A Father’s Story. You can also download and read Jeff’s FBI files here. You’ll get details and anecdotes about Jeff that you won’t really find anywhere else (except maybe here on Tumblr if someone put pertinent excerpts from those books online).
I hope that answers your question? Essentially, it’s a ‘go for it’ on reading the book! :D
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