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Why Serial Killers Go Undetected

The public remains deeply fascinated by serial killers, which accounts for the success of the Dexter TV series and such movies as Psycho and Silence of the Lambs. But surprisingly, most police know very little about serial killers.

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How Evidence Was Destroyed

Amazingly, evidence that was seized from Larry Hall's vans was returned to his family by the FBI after his conviction. It included articles of women's clothing that could identify victims with today's DNA technology, but most of it was destroyed by Hall's father.

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"The book reads like a fast-paced suspense novel..."

 Chicago Tribune, January 29, 2011

There are some books that all but shout, "Put me on the big screen!" and "In With the Devil: A Fallen Hero, a Serial Killer and a Dangerous Bargain for Redemption" is one of them.

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From "Book tells ex-cocaine dealer's incredible story"

Chicago Sun-Times, September 28, 2010


Now Keene is almost there. A book telling his life story comes out today, and an Oscar-winning screenwriter is adapting it. It wasn't the cliched lifestyle of a 1980s cocaine kingpin that attracted Paramount to secure the rights -- though Keene had that life, complete with the mansion, the Corvettes, the women and the circle of rich friends.

It was the incredible deal federal prosecutors offered him that gave him a shot at redemption, and has stars including Brad Pitt lining up to play him on screen.

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Kankakee Daily Journal


Kankakee Daily Journal, October 9, 2010


He’s not a reluctant writer and Hollywood dealmaker: It’s just that the price he paid for his chance of a lifetime was steeper than he could have imagined.

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Southtown Star, September 28, 2010


"Recommend this fascinating, suspenseful book to readers of both true crime and crime fiction..."

In with the Devil: A Fallen Hero, a Serial Killer, and a Dangerous Bargain for Redemption.

Keene, James (Author) and Levin, Hillel (Author); Sep 2010. 272 p. St. Martin's, hardcover, $25.99. 
In the late 1990s, Keene, a policeman’s son, was busted for dealing drugs. He wound up with a sentence that put him behind bars for a minimum of 10 years, but less than a year into the sentence, he had an unexpected visitor: the prosecutor who put him in prison. The prosecutor had also convicted another man,a murderer, and he suspected there were a lot of bodies still unaccounted for. He wanted Keene to go undercover and get the killer to confess; in return, Keene would be set free. Keene and coauthor Levin structure the book like a mystery novel, dramatizing events that Keene didn’t observe firsthand, and telling the story in the third person (“Jimmy nonchalantly grabbed it with his cuffed hands . . . .”). It’s a clever way to narrate a true-crime tale, more involving, somehow, than a straight first-person account might have been. Recommend this fascinating, suspenseful book to readers of both true crime and crime fiction. 
— David Pitt Copyright ©2010, American Library Association. All rights reserved.