The author of The Bundy Murders tells the harrowing true story of "one of the most bizarre serial killers in America" (Katherine Ramsland, bestselling author of Confession of a Serial Killer).
A city under siege, held captive while a psychopathic vampire serial killer instills fear in its residents, taunts the authorities, and brutally kills his victims.
This book is a chilling and stomach-churning look into the life of a twisted, sick man, so evil one would wonder if he was even human. From his early days when he would liquify rabbits in a blender to drink their intestines and blood to mutilating his victims, his thirst for killing could not be satiated.
This is the story of Richard Trenton Chase, the Vampire of Sacramento. It is not for the faint of heart.
"Fraught with emotion and detail . . . a must have book for all true crime enthusiasts and collectors." -RJ Parker, award-winning author of Escaped Killer
"Sullivan has written a fascinating account of an abnormal psyche of egregious proportions, and captures the very essence of Richard Chase's monstrous crime spree the citizens of Sacramento will never forget." -Gary C. King, author of Love, Lies, and Murder
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Greetings fellow readers!
My journey with the written word began very early in life. The first book I read (devoured actually) was Charles Franklin¿s, The World¿s Worst Murderers, published in 1965. Since I was only ten, it wasn¿t the kind of book that should have interested me, but it did. And despite having to stop occasionally to ask my mother the meaning of a particular word or two, within two weeks I closed the book with a distinct sense of regret.
A little later, my interests broadened from true crime to history ¿ especially that part of history pertaining to armed conflict- and in the summer of 1972 I had the opportunity to travel to Europe and walk the battlefields of both world wars. I even had the chance to conduct a lengthy interview with a former French commando ¿ Laurent Casalonga ¿ whom I¿d met by chance at the Trianon Palace Hotel just outside of Paris. But I never lost sight of true crime, and I found myself returning to it again and again. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that one day I¿d be writing books about these very interesting and egregious life events. All that would come later.
After spending many years in the Christian ministry (I¿m still a pastor with a robust counseling ministry), and at the age of 40, I published my first book, Shattering the Myth: Signposts on Custer¿s Road to Disaster. The book sold well, although it was a relatively small press run, and it garnered some good reviews, most notably from The Louisville Courier-Journal, and by the late Civil War historian, Brian C. Pohanka, and Ret. Lieutenant General Harold G. Moore, coauthor of the book, We Were Soldiers Once¿and Young. As can be expected, I was very pleased with the response, both from reviewers and the public. Completing the Custer saga, in June 2013, my book, Custer¿s Road to Disaster: The Path to Little Bighorn, was published by Globe Pequot Press.
But it was my second book, in 2009, that allowed me to enter (and placed me on a firm foundation within) the genre of true crime, when The Bundy Murders: A Comprehensive History was published by McFarland & Company. This led to numerous radio programs and contacts from documentarians here in the United States and the United Kingdom, and portions of it also appear in the college textbook, Abnormal Psychology: Clinical Perspectives on Psychological Disorders, published by McGraw-Hill in 2012. The book was well-received by the public from the moment of publication, and as a relatively new writer at the time, it was exceedingly gratifying to receive some really great reviews from my peers.
I¿ve also spent time in the trenches of investigative journalism, unearthing long-forgotten (and exceedingly bizarre) homicide cases, some of which were published in Snitch, a weekly print newspaper, originally running in five states, where I was a contributing writer. Some of you may remember the online site In Cold Blog, a very popular ¿stop¿ for true crime readers, and my work has appeared there as well. In all, I¿m the author of nine books.
And now, writing for WildBlue Press, I have a number of tomes lined up that I know you¿re going to enjoy. My first one out the door will be a reissuing of my book, Vampire: The Richard Chase Murders, with Kentucky Bloodbath, a collection of bizarre homicides, soon to follow. And coming in 2015, you won¿t want to miss my next biography, as it¿s a tantalizing tale of long-range murder, tentatively titled, The Sniper.
On a more personal note, I¿ve been married to the most wonderful woman in the world for the last twenty-eight years (thanks Linda!), and we have two children and five grandchildren. It¿s also nice that, when it comes to love, grandchildren are like children, but without all the constant work, lol! Naturally, I also love reading (when I have the time) and, between eBooks and hard copies, I often have as many as three books going at one time. We also love traveling, and especially our road trips. There¿s nothing quite like hitting the open road with someone you love and leaving the ¿regular¿ world behind you. Talk about making memories!
Lastly, watch for my blogs here at WildBlue Press. I¿ll be blogging regularly about my books, and about whatever is on my mind and yours! Feel free to comment and ask questions, and I¿ll make every effort answer them all. And of course, we¿ll have a lot of fun along the way!
- Chapter One
- First Blood
- Chapter Two
- Growing up Strange
- Chapter Three
- Murder Beyond Belief
- Chapter Four
- When Murder is Random
- Chapter Five
- There's a Madman on the Loose
- Chapter Six
- For All the World to See
- Additional Pictures
- About The Author
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