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Killing Women Kindle Edition
This true crime biography reveals the disturbing story of a serial killer who terrorized central Michigan—and now has a chance to go free.
As a former youth pastor who attended the Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice, Don Miller seemed like a decent young man. But in 1978, he was arrested for the attempted murder of two teenagers. Police soon connected Miller to the disappearances of four women. In exchange for a controversial plea bargain, he led police to the missing women’s bodies.
Now, thanks to the deal he was offered and changes to Michigan law, Miller is allowed to seek parole once a year. In Killing Women, author Rodney Sadler examines the crimes, the “justice” meted out, and the possibility that Miller could be unleashed on the world once again.
About the Author
Rod Sadler is a retired police officer, having served over thirty years in law enforcement. His first book, To Hell I Must Go: The True Story of Michigan's Own Lizzie Borden, details a vicious murder in 1897 in the small community of Williamston, Michigan. Having retired in 2012, Rod and his wife, Terri, live in the Lansing area with their three children, Alex, Austin, and Andy.
Peter Berkrot is an audiobook narrator, stage, screen and television actor, and acting coach. He has narrated over 100 works that span a range of genres, including fiction, non-fiction, thriller, and children's titles. His audiobook credits include works of Alan Glynn, Eric Van Lustbader, Nora Roberts and Dean Koontz. In film and television, he appeared in Caddyshack, America's Most Wanted, and Unsolved Mysteries. He performs in regional and New York theaters and directs the New Voices acting school. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B099J4LWNP
- Publisher : WildBlue Press (22 September 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 2192 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 486 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1952225272
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As someone who likes true crime stories and television shows, and has a great interest in psychopathic and abnormal psychology, this book felt a little flat on that for me. There’s not much history about how Don grew up and what made him the way he was, nor is there a “reason” why he committed these crimes or how he went about them other than generalities. Not to be gruesome, but it would have been interesting to know how he killed these women, why he chose them, why were Marita’s hands cut off and why did her grave have an altar-like quality to it? Why were Martha’s clothes laid out the way they were yet her body was disposed of 2 miles away? Did he actually run Kristine down with his car before getting out and arguing with her and pushing her into the front seat? Did he actually “date” Wendy Bush before he killed her? And how did he end up out at a rural house on Canal Road attacking two young teens – was it random or planned? How do we know that? A few of these things you find out at the very end of the book when he’s talking about the trial for the garrotte, but by then the timing is off and you have to reconnect the dots.
Though there are some minor descriptions of people and places, don’t expect anything exceptional In terms of setting the scene or building tension. Much of the book is a dry retelling of court documents to the point that dozens of footnotes stating consecutive pages for court documents follow each chapter. That made the book very slow reading for me.
Finally, the author’s credibility was challenged by numerous instances of missing words, misplaced commas, a few verb tense issues, and the fact that he misspelled “Alaiedon Township” and “Town Courier”, things he should know if he’s lived here all his life. A couple instances even made me chuckle! Throughout the book, the killer is called Don or Donald, yet at one point he answers that his name is Don, not Donald. So why do the author and others keep referring to him as “Donald Miller” throughout the rest of the book? I found that irritating, though ultimately of little importance to the point of the book. I’m not sure who edited the book, but a good editor would’ve caught all those things. I have to say, in support of a budding author, I do appreciate his time and energy researching the topic and presenting it to us in this format.
As you are drawn into this book You will feel like you are a part of this investigation as the author introducing you all the personalities associated with the crimes from the victims, investigators, attorneys, and the perpetrator. You will feel disgust and anger as you here of all the crimes Don miller has committed and he is only 25 when he is caught. Donald Miller could be free some day but thanks to the prosecution he is still behind bars.
Don manipulated the Psychiatrists that assessed him and admitted to pretending he was mad and seeing things. Although the attorneys had to make a deal to get Doon to confess where the bodies of his victims where they did a brilliant job on all the cases and eventually got Don incarcerated on the rape and attempted murder of a 14 year old girl and her brother. Don is an extremely dangerous criminal who should never be released as he will certainly kill again.
A must read for true crime readers and Many thanks Wildblue Press.
A lot of research and detail is provided within these pages. We get to know Miller and his victims, and we see how his strict religious beliefs shaped him. Then we follow the investigation, arrest, trial, and eventual conviction.
The writing is methodical, a straight forward account that sometimes lacks personality. This is more textbook than narrative nonfiction; the kind of book you read for facts rather than emotion.
Content, particularly in the second half, is often repetitive, as we're provided with an extensive account of the investigation, preliminary hearing, and trial.
For me, the most interesting aspect of the trial process was the psychological testing Don Miller was given by both the prosecution and defense. The psychiatrists' opposing conclusions, which so often happens in these cases, is troubling, and says more about our faulty justice system than about Miller's mental health.
Also included is a letter written to the author by Don Miller, which gives us a glimpse into this killer's mind. Is he crazy or a master of manipulation? I'm thinking both.
He ended up sexually assaulting and strangling three other young ladies and hiding their bodies. After that he raped and attempted to strangle to death a 14 year- old-girl and her 13 year-old-brother. Fortunately, he was unsuccessful with his attempted murders of the kids.
Above, I mentioned that the story left me with questions. With his anger and hatred of women, in my mind it’s obvious to me that he planned in advance to kill his victims. He was only charged and tried for second-degree murder instead of first-degree. The fact that his answers were always carefully thought out, I guess my number question becomes was Don Miller criminally insane, a brilliant liar, con-man, and actor, or all of the above?