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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
The Shawcross Letters: My Journey Into The Mind Of Evil by John Paul Fay and Brian Whitney is a disturbing true crime story, told through a series of letters and interviews. Arthur Shawcross is one of the most evil of all killers and his interviewer, the man who wanted to write the Shawcross biography, is John Paul Fay, a dealer in 'murderabilia' who had a less than perfect past. Shawcross was jailed as a serial killer and, through his letters, we come to learn how many people he killed over the years, and of the depths of his depravity. Shawcross and Fay had an odd relationship, a trusting one in which Shawcross revealed his deepest and darkest secrets and Fay could finally get together with a person he felt at one with, a wish that he had had for a long time. But, as we all know, wishes don’t come cheap.
The Shawcross Letters: My Journey Into The Mind Of Evil by John Paul Fay and Brian Whitney is an intriguing book, quite unique, not just in content but in the way that it has been written. This is a doorway into the mind of true evil, a doorway that you won’t find in many other books. This isn’t a one-way door though, because it shows us the darkness that resides in the mind of the author as well as he takes us on an unforgettable journey. It is a well put together book, but be warned that this book is not for the faint-hearted. It is very descriptive in nature and the contents of the letters are exactly as they were written, detailing cannibalism, murder, rape, and are very graphic. The book is also disturbing in nature and I would only recommend it to those who have a deep interest in psychology, especially that of a serial killer – it isn’t a book I would recommend as everyday reading material.