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Summary

Rape, sodomy, strangulation, stabbing, murder, and dismemberment. So were some of Joel David Rifkin's favorite "hobbies" that he inflicted on mostly drug addicted or alcoholic prostitutes from 1988 to 1993. Police finally caught up to Rifkin on June 28, 1993, when state troopers spotted him driving his pickup truck without license plates on the Southern State Parkway. A high-speed chase ended in Mineola, New York, when he crashed into a utility pole directly in front of the courthouse where he eventually stood trial. Troopers detected a foul odor from the back of the truck. It came from the corpse of his final victim: prostitute and dancer Tiffany Bresciani, 22. A peek inside the tarp revealed the woman's decomposing body. Motorist Joel Rifkin, now in handcuffs, helped identify the corpse as 22-year-old Tiffany Bresciani. She was a prostitute, he told the officers. I had sex with her, and then I killed her. He was on his way to dump the body near Republic Airport, he explained, when he was spotted by Ruane and Spaargaren. The case was open-and-shut...but it was far from simple.

In custody, Rifkin soon began confessing to other homicides, a total of 17, including Bresciani. The interviews he gave to the police were so horrifying it sickened even the most seasoned officers and detectives. In The Charming Drifter, author Brian Lee Tucker offers an inside look into the mind of one of the most vicious serial killers in New York history and a nightmarish glimpse into the final moments of his victim's lives.

©2016 Brian Lee Tucker (P)2016 Brian Lee Tucker

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  • Poxa
  • 18-12-16

Brutal...ly awesome!

What did you love best about The Charming Drifter?

I know I shouldn't say this, but I really like stories about sexual serial killers. They make me tingle all over!!!!!!

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

His deep and manly voice, his evilness.

Have you listened to any of 411 Audio and J.M. Kuczynski ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

this one is different. it's emotional.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Men are Dangerous!

Any additional comments?

It made me afraid of men, but I still liked it!

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  • Roy
  • 18-12-16

could not stop listening

Would you consider the audio edition of The Charming Drifter to be better than the print version?

yes

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rifkin. he da man!

Which scene was your favorite?

the second to last one, where he's going nuts.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

it was so cool.

Any additional comments?

the narrator is good, a real pro. i love the author too

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  • Hope
  • 27-05-17

the face of evil

Would you consider the audio edition of The Charming Drifter to be better than the print version?

much

What other book might you compare The Charming Drifter to and why?

the chili king, by the same author, they're both about evil drifters

Which scene was your favorite?

when he's sexually torturing the two hookers

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

that the essence of serial killerdom is insecurity

Any additional comments?

gives new meaning the term 'killer nerd'

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  • Elizabeth
  • 05-03-17

Porn and graphic rape

This book is pure smut. I am a big true crime fan and this is not true crime. It is someone going into graphic, long, drawn out details of rape and sex with little in between. If that's what you are looking for then go for it. For the rest of the true crime fans that want in depths stories about criminals' backgrounds and victims' pursuits of justice, DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY.

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  • charles bennett
  • 01-02-17

stupid almost un listenable

What would have made The Charming Drifter better?

if it was never published

Has The Charming Drifter turned you off from other books in this genre?

no

Would you be willing to try another one of 411 Audio and J.M. Kuczynski ’s performances?

yes it wasnt the narration at all

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment

Any additional comments?

very confusing to listen to poorly written.

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  • Mr. J. Welsh
  • 21-01-17

"He"....

''He'' this. "He" that...
I couldn't listen into this book too far.
The word " he" was so over used I wanted to commit suicide...