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Trace Evidence

The Hunt for the I-5 Serial Killer
Narrated by: David Colacci
Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
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For 10 years, the California Interstate 5 highway was haunted by a dangerous serial killer. Incredibly skilled at staying ahead of the investigators as the bodies started to pile up, there wasn't enough evidence to charge the culprit with murder even once he'd been identified. Instead, they had to build a first-degree murder case in a few months while the killer was locked up on an assault conviction.

Key to this was a cast of four: Vito Bertocchini, the burly ex-street cop who took the killing of a beautiful young woman personally; Kay Maulsby, the rookie homicide detective who helped unmask the killer; Ray Biondi, who fought severe budget cuts that threatened to derail the investigation; and criminalist Faye Springer, who attempted to tie the suspect to his victims through subtle but persuasive microscopic evidence.

Drawing on hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews with these investigators, as well as other important figures such as the killer's reclusive wife, number-one New York Times best-selling author Bruce Henderson builds a fascinating portrait of this unrepentant murderer.

©1998, 2013 Bruce Henderson (P)2020 Tantor

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  • Patrick
  • 25-04-20

really solid book 👌

i may be biased because i loved this narrator in And The Sea Will Tell, so as soon as I heard his voice i had pretty much made up my mind that i was going to enjoy this book. it had a even amount of time spent on the investigation and crimes, capture and trial which worked well for the overall flow of the book. if you want a good solid true crime procedural that doesn't constantly jump around with timelines, or have a marathon of court transcripts near the end, id definitely recommend it. it was absolutely worth the credit.

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  • Princeps P
  • 24-05-20

Very interesting.

I would have liked more information on the trace evidence aspect, but the book gave more than most. What baffles me is how prosecutors sit on cases unless they are going to win, which results in more crime happening. However, you here people being convicted without physical evidence in other places. Still baffles me how serial killers have zero remorse but worried about their families after they are caught. They don't even pretend to lie, just ignore the victims.

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  • Rachel P.
  • 23-05-20

Story skips around too much. Boring as hell!

The story has no continuity in the timeline. Even goes into crimes not committed by Woodfield. The reader is like the teacher speaking on Charlie Brown, wah wah wah. Don't listen to this book when driving you will fall asleep for sure! Skip this book!!!