"Acclaimed for her incisive true-crime journalism, Linda Wolfe has explored some of the darker aspects of human nature. But never before had she felt as visceral and disturbing a reaction as she did to Ricardo Caputo. Some ten years earlier, the author's friend, New York writer and activist Jacqui Bernard, was murdered, and Wolfe had become convinced that Caputo was the killer. His arrest, in 1994, propelled her on a deeply affecting, personal odyssey. The result is a profoundly intimate and eloquent account of Linda Wolfe's confrontation with Caputo - and of the tragedy and terror he left in his wake."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
"Crime reporter Wolfe knew and admired writer Jacqui Bernard, who was brutally murdered in her New York apartment in 1983. Wolfe became intrigued with Bernard's unsolved murder and began researching the case. The name that surfaced as the alleged murderer was that of Bernard's former lover, Ricardo Caputo. In what is both a personal memoir and an examination of a serial murderer, Wolfe highlights her experiences as she followed the trail of Argentine native Caputo, who inexplicably surrendered in 1994 and admitted to killing four women (most likely, he murdered twice as many) while in, he claimed, the "thrall of multiple personality disorder." As Wolfe became immersed in the case, she interviewed several detectives, attorneys, and victims' survivors as well as Caputo family members in the U.S. and Argentina. That seemingly intelligent, talented women were seduced and deceived by the cunning, manipulative Caputo may be the most provocative aspect of Wolfe's memoir for true-crime junkies. --Sue-Ellen Beauregard"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"Veteran true-crime journalist Wolfe (Double Life, etc.) first heard the name of Ricardo Caputo in 1985, a year and a half after her friend Jacqui Bernard had been murdered. According to a P.I. looking into the case, Caputo was the culprit. In 1994, Caputo was finally arrested in Argentina and confessed to several murdersbut not to Bernard's. Wolfe's latest (after Double Life) is far from the usual true-crime report, not only for the author's intimacy with the victim but also for her focus on the aftermath of the crime rather than on a reconstruction of it, and for her ability to forge relationships with the principals in the case, including Caputo's lawyers and family. As Caputo awaits trial, the chief suspense stems from whether Caputo's attorney will mount an insanity defense; meanwhile, Wolfe lets the testimony of detectives, psychiatrists, attorneys and victims' families guide the reader through the human tragedy Caputo has left in his wake. The killer's m.o. was that of an upwardly mobile Lothariohe mixed easy assurance with good looks and an invented past to avail himself sexually and financially of his victims. He killed after he had worn out his welcome and his victims were looking for a way out, or were beginning to refuse his increasing demands for lavish financial assistance. When Wolfe finally interviews Caputo, she worries that she "might succumb to Ricardo's much-touted ability to charm," but the criminal here proves less imposing than his crimes, and certainly less seductive than the fine book Wolfe has wrought about him and the evil he purveyed. Eight pages of b&w photos, not seen by PW. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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