The Serial Killer Whisperer

The Serial Killer Whisperer

How One Man's Tragedy Helped Unlock the Deadliest Secrets of the World's Most Terrifying Killers

Book - 2012
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From New York Times bestselling author Pete Earley--the strange but true story of a man who suffers a traumatic brain injury and as a result is given the ability to converse with the world's most terrifying criminals.

After suffering a horrific head injury, fifteen-year-old Tony Ciaglia discovered he could no longer control his emotions or social responses and found himself incapable of feeling disgust at the antisocial behavior of others. Eventually therapy and medication helped Tony largely overcome his emotional instability, and when his therapist suggested he develop a hobby, Tony acted on a whim and wrote to an imprisoned serial killer. To his astonishment, the killer wrote back.

Tony's hobby eventually turned into a full-blown obsession, and soon he was corresponding with dozens of serial killers who revealed heinous details about their horrendous crimes--even those they'd never been convicted of. The killers opened up to Tony; they trusted him, considered him a friend. Unable to feel disgust at the revolting stories, Tony began to fear that the potential for killing without guilt lurked within him, and he became suicidal. Ultimately, Tony found redemption and purpose by helping law enforcement officials solve crimes his connection uncovered, and before long, investigators from around the country were calling on him for assistance with cold cases.

The Serial Killer Whisperer is not only the story of how Tony learned to use his gift in the interest of justice, but it is also an inspiring--albeit sometimes terrifying--tale of healing and closure for a man who has struggled to lead a normal life.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster, 2012.
Edition: 1st Touchstone hardcover ed. --
ISBN: 9781439199022
Characteristics: xviii, 317 p. : ill.
Additional Contributors: Ciaglia, Anthony


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Apr 26, 2017

I am glad this helped Tony; my only problem is where are the victims mentioned and why is the serial killer presented as a "person" and not a monster! I would like to see a book that is about the victims of each serial killer and the only place the serial killer is listed is as the person that took these victims' lives away!

Jul 17, 2014

For me, reading this book was like watching episode after episode of late night murder mystery episodes on television. While the content is sometimes horrifying, you just can't look away. Tony's story is pretty incredible from the accident to recovery to learning to interact in the world with a severely changed personality, but I did have a hard time stomaching some of the letters his serial killer correspondents sent him. Not a book for the faint of heart.

ChristchurchLib Jul 16, 2013

"After 15-year-old Tony Ciaglia recovered from a severe head injury, he exhibited odd behaviour and a tendency to develop obsessions, including a strong interest in serial killers. He began corresponding with several murderers who were in prison, and the killers seemed pleased to send him details about their crimes. Ciaglia began sharing some of these letters with victims' families, offering them closure after the deaths of loved ones, and later with police, who reopened some cold cases as a result. The book includes unedited descriptions of many of these crimes, so it's not for sensitive readers, but it offers fascinating insight into the criminals' minds as well as the investigations." July 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter


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Aug 11, 2012

Violence: There are accounts directly from the killers.

Aug 11, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There are accounts directly from the killers.

Aug 11, 2012

Coarse Language: F-words (due to letter correspondence).

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