Between the summers of 1967 through 1969, before the term serial killer was coined, a predatory killer stalked the campuses of Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan seeking prey until he made the arrogant mistake of killing his last victim in the basement of his uncle’s home. All-American boy John Norman Collins was arrested, tried, and convicted of the strangulation murder of Karen Sue Beineman. The other murders attributed to Collins never went to trial, with one exception, and soon became cold cases.
With the benefit of fifty years of hindsight, hundreds of vintage newspaper articles, thousands of police reports, and countless interviews, Terror in Ypsilanti: John Norman Collins Unmasked tells the stories of the other victims, recreates the infamous trial that took Collins off the streets, and details Collins’ time spent in prison. Terror in Ypsilanti compiles an array of physical and circumstantial evidence drawing an unmistakable portrait of the sadistic murderer who slaughtered these innocent young women.
Terror in Ypsilanti: John Norman Collins Unmasked is a compelling, gritty and intriguing true crime story that will captivate as well as entertain readers for many hours on end. Terror in Ypsilanti is a book I knew I had to read and review; as a woman who has studied Psychology and a woman who has been fascinated with serial killers and why killers do what they do, Terror in Ypsilanti is a book I knew I would love. I have now finished reading the brilliant Terror in Ypsilanti and I can happily write that this book did live up to my expectations and is a book I love and am fascinated by. Readers who enjoy true crime or crime fiction will adore Terror in Ypsilanti thanks to its gripping, intriguing and captivating story, so I implore readers who love these genres to read this fascinating book… you will not regret it!
Terror in Ypsilanti is written by the talented Gregory A. Fournier and throughout his book, Fournier informs the reader of a sinister serial killer that ‘stalked the campuses of Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan.’ During the summers of 1967, to 1969 John Norman Collins preyed on innocent victims and murdered them in horrific ways. Fournier narrates the story of Collins and his brutal killings and takes his readers on a journey through his chilling conviction, his notorious trial for which he was convicted of the murder of Karen Sue Beineman and on a trip through Collins other killings which were not heard of in court.
The result is a gritty and sinister affair that will include newspaper articles, police reports, and interviews which all contribute to the perfect criminal profiling of John Norman Collins, one of the most brutal serial killers in history.
Terror in Ypsilanti is a book that is flawlessly written and a book that is executed in the most entertaining of ways. Fournier is a talented author; the reader won’t be able to think anything but this as they begin to read his book as his descriptive prose combined with the extensive but concise details of the crimes and events associated with Collins is incredible and will entertain readers for many hours.
Usually, with true crime stories, I find that the author holds back; the author typically holds back on the gore, the brutality and the finer details which will haunt people. However, Gregory A. Fournier is an author who is brazen with his work and so he holds back on nothing regarding the crimes of Collins. The outcome of this is an accurate portrayal of a sinister person in criminal history that will fascinate as well as horrify readers.
Fournier is an author I admire for many reasons, one of them being the fact that he does not hold back with regards to the crimes explored throughout the book and the other because of his sensational prose that captivated me from the very start. I adore the fact that Fournier decided to write an honest book that does not hold back on gruesome details; this is a crucial factor in a true crime book and a winning factor so this, combined with the fact that Fournier is a talented author ensures that Terror in Ypsilanti is one of the best true crime books I have ever had the pleasure of reading.
As Terror in Ypsilanti is an intricately detailed, flawless and intriguing story about a haunting person I have no choice but to award this stellar book five stars so please if you are a reader who loves true crime then you should not miss out on this brilliant book!
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