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Summary

Prize-winning journalist Jack Olsen, armed with unprecedented access to one of the most infamous serial killers in American history, provides a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a murderer in the killer's own words....

In February 1990, Oregon State Police arrested John Sosnovke and Laverne Pavlinac for the vicious rape and murder of Taunja Bennet, a troubled 23-year-old barfly who had suffered mild retardation since birth. Pavlinac had come forth and confessed, implicating her boyfriend and producing physical evidence that linked them to the crime. Authorities closed the case.

There was just one problem. They had the wrong people. 

And the real killer wasn't about to let anyone take credit for his kill. Keith Hunter Jesperson was a long haul truck driver and the murderer of eight women, including Taunja Bennet. As the case wound through police precincts and courts - ending in life sentences for both Sosnovke and Pavlinac - Jesperson began a twisted one man campaign to win their release. To the editors of newspapers and on the walls of highway rest stops, Jesperson scribbled out a series of taunting confessions: 

I killed Tanya Bennett.... I beat her to death, raped her and loved it. Yes I'm sick, but I enjoy myself too. People took the blame and I'm free.... Look over your shoulder. I may be closer than you think.

At the end of each confession, Jesperson drew a happy face, earning for himself the grisly sobriquet "The Happy Face Killer".

Based on access to interviews, diaries, court records, and the criminal himself, I: The Creation of a Serial Killer is Jesperson's chilling story. It chronicles his evolution from angry child to sociopathic murderer, from tormentor of animals to torturer of women. It is also the story of the fate that befell him after two innocent citizens were imprisoned four years for one of his killings.

Edgar Award winner Jack Olsen lets the killer to tell his story in his own words, offering unprecedented insight into the twisted thought process of a serial murderer. Olsen takes his listeners along on Jesperson's vicious cross-country killing spree, letting him describe how he played his "death game" with eight innocent victims and how he finally came to grips with the fate he deserved.

I: The Creation of a Serial Killer is one of the most revealing and insightful pieces of crime reporting ever published.

©2018 Jack Olsen (P)2018 Jack Olsen Literary Works

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Exellent

brilliant history from both angles of perspective hard to stop lustening too well read and executed

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  • Jodi Pearce
  • 19-11-18

The last of Jack Olsen

I am so sad this is probably the last of Jack Olsen to be in audible. He was a remarkable writer. By far my favorite author. Perhaps even the king of true crime. As usual Kevin Pierce delivers another incredible narration.
If you’ve read other books on the Happy Face Killer, this is hands down the best. 5 stars!

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  • Jacob
  • 08-11-18

Amazing

Such an exciting and emotional experience. It is incredible how smoothly the story unfolds from two perspectives.

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  • Steve Horwitz
  • 02-11-18

THE LAST AND THE BEST OF JACK OLSON'S BOOK

GREAT STORY...DON'T MISS LISTENING TO ONE OF THE BEST TRUE CRIME STORIES I HAVE EVER HEARD! IT COMES RIGHT FROM THE SERIAL KILLERS OWN WORDS AND IS SIMPLY UNBELIEVABLE AND TERRIFYING AT THE SAME TIME!

This is the shortest review I have ever written!

Thank you for reading my review...I have nothing more to say but get this true crime story! I listened to it non stop. I could not break my concentration even when I tried!

Best to you and your great listen,
Steve

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  • trisha walker
  • 05-01-19

Disturbing

Disturbing to listen to the heinous murders this creep committed. Needed to take a break here and there. Still liked it, especially after listening to a pod cast his daughter produced that told the story from her point of view and how she’s been trying to reconcile with his victims families. This guy was a complicated monster. Scary story.

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  • Ms.Bliss
  • 15-11-18

His best and last.

I absolutely loved this book, the first person perspective in this book brings us closer than ever to what it is like to think like a psychopath. Amazing and tragic story told like no other. I am now truly sad it was his last book amd will try and find one I haven't read yet. As always, Kevin Pierce was perfect and does this book and Author as a whole justice. Thank you!

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  • Pen Name
  • 11-01-19

Took a chance and loved it!!!! you will too

didnt know this author, just wanted something that drew me in like Mind Hunter. This is a great book and the narrator is perfect!!! Give it a try, I did and I loved it

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  • Patricia
  • 21-11-18

Jack Olson at his Best!

Always love to hear Kevin Pierce. He is a great true crime narrator.:
Great Book about a sick man.

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  • dean
  • 18-11-18

exvellent

Great book nicely read never heard of this killer before to the point in creepy

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  • Brittany Garza
  • 18-01-19

Captivating story, masterfully written, narrated perfectly!

This was my first book by Jack Olsen, and I am happy to say that it was better than I could have hoped for. The detail was perfect and not drawn out to the point it lost me. I have already downloaded another Olsen book and I’m excited to get started.

The narration was amazing! I can honestly say that I am now a fan of Kevin Pierce and look forward to hearing more from him.

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  • elizabeth
  • 16-01-19

Very graphic.

I love a good true murder book, but this one is a little too violent for my taste. As usual, Jack Olsen is very good, however.