The Serial Killer Whisperer by Pete Earley
How One Man's Tragedy Helped Unlock the Deadliest Secrets of the World's Most Terrifying Killers

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Fifteen-year-old Tony Ciaglia had everything a teenager could want until he suffered a horrific head injury at summer camp. When he emerged from a coma, his right side was paralyzed, he had to relearn how to walk and talk, and he needed countless pills to control his emotions.

Abandoned and shunned by his friends, he began writing to serial killers on a whim and discovered that the same traumatic brain injury that made him an outcast to his peers now enabled him to connect emotionally with notorious murderers. Soon many of America’s most dangerous psychopaths were revealing to him heinous details about their crimes—even those they’d never been convicted of.

Tony despaired as he found himself inescapably drawn into their violent worlds of murder, rape, and torture—until he found a way to use his gift. Asked by investigators from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to aid in solving a murder, Tony launched his own searches for forgotten victims with clues provided by the killers themselves.

The Serial Killer Whisperer takes readers into the minds of murderers like never before, but it also tells the inspiring tale of a struggling American family and a tormented young man who found healing and closure in the most unlikely way—by connecting with monsters.

About Pete Earley

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Pete Earley is a former Washington Post reporter and winner of the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar for Best Fact Crime Book in 1996 for Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town. His book, which also won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, helped free an innocent man from Alabama's death row. Earley's account of the John Walker spy ring, Family of Spies, was a New York Times bestseller and CBS mini-series. The Hot House: Life Inside Leavenworth Prison was a national bestseller and was based on a year that Earley spent inside a maximum security federal prison as an author. Born in Arizona, Earley was reared in Colorado and worked for newspapers in Kansas and Oklahoma before moving to the Virginia suburbs of Washington D.C., where he lives with his wife, Patti. They have seven children.
Published January 10, 2012 by Touchstone. 338 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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A highly disturbing, in-depth look at notorious serial killers.

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Publishers Weekly

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Tony Ciaglia’s life changed forever when a traumatic brain injury at 15 left him uninhibited and struggling to control his temper and emotions.

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New York Journal of Books

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The class was laughing so I turned around and stuck my pencil through his hand.”—Serial killer Glen Rogers—aka the Cross Country Killer who bragged about murdering 70 women.

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New York Journal of Books

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“A young boy with a brain injury has not only found a purpose in his life, but he is also able to help others in the process. . . . Mr. Earley resists the temptation to either moralize or sensationalize the killers or tout himself as an armchair psychologist. Without commentary on the brutality o...

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Book Reporter

The serial killer has been the subject of countless novels, movies and works of nonfiction, and the names of the most infamous are well-known.

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The Roanoke Times

Earley’s technique throughout the book is to show rather than tell, so long portions of the work take the form of an epistolary exchange between Ciaglia and the serial killer of that particular chapter.

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