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Dangerous ground

by Phelps, M. William,

Format: Book on CD 2017
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Open Stacks (CD) HV6248.J475 P54 2017cx
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor - Open Stacks
Call Number  (CD) HV6248.J475 P54 2017cx
In September 2011, M. William Phelps made a bold decision that would change the landscape of reality-based television-and his own life. He asked a convicted serial killer to act as a consultant for his TV series. Under the code name "Raven," the murderer shared his insights into the minds of other killers and helped analyze their crimes. As the series became an international sensation, Raven became Phelps's unlikely confidante, ally-and friend. In this deeply personal account, Phelps traces his own family's dark history, and takes us into the heart and soul of a serial murderer. He also chronicles the complex relationship he developed with Raven. From questions about morality to Raven's thoughts on the still-unsolved, brutal murder of Phelps's sister-in-law, the author found himself grappling with an unwanted, unexpected, unsettling connection with a cold-blooded killer. Drawing on over 7,000 pages of letters, dozens of hours of recorded conversations, personal and Skype visits, and a friendship five years in the making, Phelps sheds new light on Raven's bloody history, including details of an unknown victim, the location of a still-buried body-and a jaw-dropping admission.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Those hoping Dangerous Ground fulfills the promise of its subtitle, take heed: this book is less about being friends with a serial killer than trying to come to terms with one. Investigative journalist Phelps, author of more than 20 works of true crime (To Love and to Kill, 2015), first encountered Keith Jesperson, aka the Happy Face Killer, when Phelps tapped the inmate to consult pseudonymously on his short-lived cable series, Dark Minds. Phelps spent the next five years in constant contact with Jesperson in hopes of understanding his criminal mind. Fat chance: Jesperson gives inconsistent and confounding answers to his interlocutor's probings, while prolonged exposure to such a terrifying personality gives Phelps major agita, particularly when the journalist starts to see the murderer as a three-dimensional human being whom he occasionally, reluctantly likes. Phelps is at his best during his narrative accounts of Jesperson's crimes, which, even for genre fans largely inured to shock, will stand out as lurid and disturbing.--Williamson, Eugenia Copyright 2017 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "From 2012 to 2014, Phelps hosted Dark Minds, an Investigation Discovery network television series focused on unsolved serial murders, during which he called on the expertise of an incarcerated serial killer known as Raven, who, in the mid-1990s, was convicted of murdering eight women. In this tell-all account, Phelps reveals Raven's name and looks at how their working relationship became a disturbing, unlikely friendship. The book documents their friendship using interviews, letters, and phone calls to shine a light on Raven's troubled history, horrific crimes, and obsessive nature. The book is frequently disturbing, especially when the author describes the emotional and psychological toll of the relationship on him, the self-destructive codependency of it, and also his unhealthy fascination with the details of Raven's case. "I felt like a shell, a body walking through the motions of life, no soul," Phelps writes, recalling the lingering effects of his last prison visit with Raven. "My anxiety was back at full throttle. I was torn, broken. I cried when no one was around for no particular reason I could discern." For Dark Minds fans, this is both a revelation of a long-kept secret and a source of deeper insight into Phelps's own life, while for true crime fans, it's a lurid look at what makes some serial killers tick. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Jesperson, Keith Hunter, -- 1955-
Phelps, M. William.
Dark minds (Television program)
Serial murderers -- United States -- Biography.
Journalists -- United States -- Biography.
True crime stories.
Publisher [Prince Frederick, Maryland] :2017
Edition Unabridged.
Other Titles Dangerous ground :
Contributors Perkins, Tom (Sound engineer), narrator.
HighBridge Audio (Firm), publisher.
Participants/Performers Read by Tom Perkins.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Title from disc label.
Description 10 audio discs (12 hr., 30 min.) ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781681685755
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