The Last Victim: A True-Life Journey into the Mind of the Serial Killer is a non-fiction work by author Jason Moss , co-authored with counseling professor Jeffrey Kottler, in which he details his fascination and subsequent correspondence with several notorious American serial killers. He obtained samples of correspondence from and interviews with these men. Moss researched what would most interest each subject, and cast himself in the role of disciple, admirer, surrogate, or potential victim. In his book Moss said that he had been interested in a career with the FBI. He thought that gaining the trust of a serial killer, possibly learning more about their stated crimes or unsolved murders, was a way to distinguish himself as a job candidate.
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Posing as their ideal victim, Jason seduced them with his words. One by one they wrote him back, showering him with their madness and violent fantasies. Then the game spun out of control. It was an offer Jason couldn't turn down. Even if it made him The book that has riveted the attention of the national media, this may be the most revealing look at serial killers ever recorded and the most illuminating study of the dark places of the human mind ever attempted.
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There's also a kickboxing studio, which is why on this particular day in August I happened to be there. I was early for my appointment with my karate instructor and I needed a place to escape the heat. I was already feeling a bit stressed from my first week as a university student, so I welcomed a few minutes to literally chill out.
As I began strolling the aisles, I noticed I was one of the store's few customers. Even so, I was invisible to the bored cashier, who was alternately thumbing through a book and taking inventory of others lying on the counter. In fact, there were books everywhere, some still resting in boxes, others neatly organized on the shelves.
It was as if the owner couldn't quite figure out how to make inflow and outflow mesh. Because true crime had been an interest of mine since my early teens, I soon found myself in the store's crime section, staring at titles that somehow seemed familiar: Killer Cults, FBI Killer, Evil Harvest, Brother inBlood. Whoever came up with these titles seemed to have a thing for blood.
It can be exciting to peek through your fingers at something forbidden and terrible. Just ask the millions of rubberneckers who slow down at accident scenes, hoping to catch a glimpse of a body. Among the hundreds of books that screamed with promises of blood and pain, one in particular caught my interest: Hunting Humans.
A big, thick encyclopedic volume, it presented profiles of some of the world's most famous serial killers. As I stood in the narrow aisle turning pages, I began reflecting on how well camouflaged these predators are, prior to being caught.
They look like anyone else, live apparently normal lives, often appear charming, sociable, and productive. But at the same time, they stalk and kill people, sometimes torturing and mutilating them. I wondered what it must be like to look in the mirror and realize you are the bogeyman. How are these people able to live with themselves?
I was jolted out of my reverie by the sound of voices coming from across the aisle. I didn't catch the answer because, in my mind, an idea was beginning to form. The title of another book captured my attention: The Killer Clown. Now, that's interesting, I thought, reaching for it.
I'd always been afraid of clowns. As a child my most frequent nightmare took place at my grandparents' house. In the dream I was supposed to be taking a bath, but a strange sound drew me out of the tub to investigate. I started walking toward the stairs when I heard a scream, followed by a liquidy cackle.
Looking down the stairs, I saw my grandmother sprawled out on the floor, blood slowly dripping from her mouth. Somewhere close, I heard an eerie laughter. I turned in the direction of the voice and was startled to see a clown sitting on the stairwell's balcony, laughing at me.
I particularly remember the big red smile on his face. At that point, I'd always wake up. My parents and grandparents tell me that, as a kid, whenever I'd see a clown, I'd start crying in fear. Even today, there's something about that painted-on happy face and exaggerated show of good cheer that I don't trust. Call me paranoid, but I find myself wondering: Who's the real person hiding beneath that makeup? The idea that a killer would dress himself up as a clown to entertain sick children by day, and then stalk the streets for prey at night, seemed inconceivable to me.
Yet I could identify with people who led double lives. How many times had I exuded confidence when taking an exam, or engaging in a debate, when, in fact, I was less than sure of myself?
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Post a comment. Although I'm not sure that I agree this was a journey into the mind of John Wayne gacy per se, it was an interesting read as a teenager. Jason Moss was an 18 year old man who was studying at UNLV, and had decided to correspond with incarcerated serial killers as part of his thesis. He researched the inmates that he found most intriguing and began to shape personalities based on the types of person each killer would find appealing. Moss was quoted as saying he was a cocky 18 year old, who thought that he could outsmart, or get the killers to confess and tell him secrets. He also wrote to Charles Manson, attempting to appeal to him as a potential follower, and received some correspondence including a poem from Manson and a response letter.
The Last Victim: A True-Life Journey into the Mind of the Serial Killer
Jason Michael Moss February 3, — June 6, was an American attorney who specialized in criminal defense. He was best known as the author of The Last Victim: A True-Life Journey into the Mind of the Serial Killer , a memoir about his exploration of the minds of incarcerated serial killers , which started as a research project in college. He corresponded and conducted personal interviews with several notorious killers. Struggling with depression , Moss died by suicide in His book was adapted and produced as a film, Dear Mr.