- Tapa blanda: 241 páginas
- Editor: Cedar Fort Inc (1 de septiembre de 2009)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 9781599552385
- ISBN-13: 978-1599552385
- ASIN: 1599552388
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Shattered Silence: The Untold Story of a Serial Killer's Daughter (Inglés) Tapa blanda – sep 2009
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The story of the early life of Melissa G. Moore, daughter of convicted serial killer Keith Jesperson.
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I've read the true-crime book about Keith Hunter Jesperson entitled "I: The Creation of a Serial Killer" a couple of times. Yes, it is very rare for me to read a book more than once, but it may be the most riveting true-crime book from the most riveting true-crime author ever, Jack Olsen. I have also viewed a couple of documentaries about Mr. Jesperson on YouTube, documentaries that will make you shake your head in disbelief, and not just from the murders. And I just screened "Happy Face Killer," a film "inspired by true events" which usually means that it's neither inspired nor true. That film surely helped prove those two quoted points, although I will admit I mostly liked it, even though I believe that David Arquette was a poor choice to play lead. After all, Mr. Jesperson is larger than life, standing at 6 foot 6 and probably now close to 300 pounds, and his size added to the terror of the murders I'm guessing. And subtracted from the simulated murders on screen by Mr. Arquette.
So, in other words, after reading and viewing this story from other angles, this perspective became a must-read book for me.
For some reason while reading, I kept thinking about the book "A Stolen Life" by Jaycee Dugard. Yes, the writing styles are quite different. "Shattered Silence" is a more polished and mature work, although if you are familiar with Ms. Dugard's circumstances you will quickly understand why; she wasn't really afforded a formal education for the majority of her life past her kidnapping at age 11. But it could be argued that in some ways, Ms. Dugard's writing actually added to the tale; on the "ear" it sounded like the work of someone much younger which added to the terror as you could imagine how she felt at such a young age. It was almost as if you were there. (The reasons for my interest in that tale: I remember distinctly the kidnapping on the news, and her recovery years later. And she was held only a half hour from where I live.)
While I won't even argue who was treated worse -- those types of arguments are a waste of time and energy as they devolve into moral relativism -- both Ms. Dugard and Melissa Moore were abused by men in their lives in different ways. And both of the stories come from a victim's perspective, rather than from the detectives' or killers' perspectives from most true crime. Furthermore, both were traumatized at very young ages, lived through it, and seem to have similar belief systems later in life. So, these similarities might be the reason for me making the comparison and thinking about that other book.
Usually, when I read a book, I read every word. I don't feel that I get my money's worth otherwise. But here, I actually did quite a bit of skimming, particularly in the early chapters. I will admit that some of the stories, particularly from Ms. Moore's very early childhood, aren't all that interesting to me. But I suppose this is her story, she feels those stories are important, and therefore she includes them here. Fair enough. But since I like reading true-crime -- usually more from the detective end, however -- I surely was very interested during chapters where Ms. Moore discussed interactions with her father. During those sections I sat on the edge of my seat, waiting for another shoe to drop. Or at least a roll of duct tape to fall from a pillowcase in the "coffin" of a big rig. After all, don't people want to know what makes a serial killer tick? I've always felt that, if you can understand a serial killer, you should be able to understand anyone.
One interesting point for me: while reading "I", Mr. Olsen seemed to take a skeptical view of Mr. Jesperson's assertions that the killer's father abused the son. Here, Ms. Moore seems to take a more balanced approach, even taking the side of her father on this issue. Sure, you can argue, "Well, who cares if he was abused? It doesn't give him the right to go out and kill anyone!" which would certainly be a valid argument. After all, Ms. Moore was abused and she hasn't killed anyone as some evidence. But it still might have been the straw that broke the camel's back with a previously borderline personality such as one Keith Hunter Jesperson. But it would be interesting to enter an alternate universe and see how he would have turned out otherwise.
Without taking sides, many people might be turned off by this book. After all, I have peeked at some other reviews that refer to Ms. Moore as being "spiritual." She is certainly more than that. Not that I need to discuss my own beliefs, but at this point in my life, I would be probably referred to as "agnostic." If so, I'm in good company; Carl Sagan most likely held this position himself when he stated, "Atheists must certainly know more than I." One huge irony, however: I believe that serial killers may be more accepted than Christians are in today's society, unbelievably. If this is true, then Mr. Jesperson might be liked more by many than Ms. Moore. At any rate, Ms. Moore is not afraid here to disclose her own personal religious views, which is fine since, once again, this is her story.
Even though this book is not my usual cup of tea, I still will recommend brewing over it a bit. After all, even though it starts out quite bitter, it ends quite sweet. And what else could you ask for on a summer afternoon outside, reading?
Her upbringing was tough and her mother did not seem to be able to do much to help herself or her children. Her story about how her father tortured kittens is painful to read. But he also helped her by buying her clothes and the family food, so she both loved and was scared of him and disgusted by the stories he told her that no father should tell to their daughter. She knew something was off with him.
I am glad things finally worked out for her when she grew up, she seems happy now. Her mother stayed in a second abusive relationship for reasons that are hard to understand. He certainly did not help the family financially or any other way. Seemed to just make everyone's life worse, her mother worked, this guy was probably getting disability social security since he is deaf but had real anger management issues, would push her mother up through walls among other things. Even her daughter could not figure out why her mother stayed with him. Her mother made a few half-hearted attempts to leave this bully and kept going back with him. She supported the family, he was abusive to her and the kids and did nothing. Why put up with it? Shame on her for putting her kids through this.
In any case, a fascinating read, I recommend it.