Blood Lust: Portrait of a Serial Sex Killer
Publisher : Gary C. King Enterprises
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The 16-year-old was lucky. She at least survived her encounter with Dayton Leroy Rogers to detail its horrors. But a long list of other women were not as fortunate. Their stories had to be painstakingly pieced together by police from the corpses on the most shocking trail of terror ever left by a serial killer.

The Man Who Loved to Kill Women--Dayton Leroy Rogers was known in Portland, Oregon as a respected businessman and devoted husband and father. But at night he abducted women, forced them into sadistic bondage games, and thrilled in their pain, terror and mutilation. His murderous spree was stopped only after, in plain view, he slashed to death his final victim...and when a hunter accidentally stumbled onto the burial grounds of seven other women Rogers had killed one-by-one in the depths of the Molalla Forest did police realize they were dealing with a killer whose bloodlust knew no bounds. This is the shocking true story of the horrifying crimes, capture, and conviction of Dayton Leroy Rogers, Oregon's mild-mannered businessman by day--vicious serial killer by night.

Though sometimes burdened with cliches, this is an effective, workmanlike account of the worst serial killer in Oregon's history. Owner of a small business in Portland and apparently happily married, Dayton Leroy Rogers was known among local streetwalkers as a violent john who liked kinky sex and bondage. Through interviews with investigators and witnesses, King reconstructs Rogers's brutal murder of a prostitute in 1987. Not until a hunter in the Mollalla Forest found the graves of other victims did the true horror of the case become apparent: there were seven other murders and many rampages. Rogers claimed self-defense in his first trial but was convicted; he was also found guilty of killing the victims found in the forest. Probing Rogers's past, King finds the killer had a repressive, violent father, fetishized his sisters' shoes as a child, had his first brush with the law at 18 and was soon labeled a sociopath. The author sometimes stretches the narrative, offering interior monologue from Rogers even though the killer, who is now on death row, hasn't spoken to him or investigators. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.





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Though sometimes burdened with cliches, this is an effective, workmanlike account of the worst serial killer in Oregon's history. Owner of a small business in Portland and apparently happily married, Dayton Leroy Rogers was known among local streetwalkers as a violent john who liked kinky sex and bondage. Through interviews with investigators and witnesses, King reconstructs Rogers's brutal murder of a prostitute in 1987. Not until a hunter in the Mollalla Forest found the graves of other victims did the true horror of the case become apparent: there were seven other murders and many rampages. Rogers claimed self-defense in his first trial but was convicted; he was also found guilty of killing the victims found in the forest. Probing Rogers's past, King finds the killer had a repressive, violent father, fetishized his sisters' shoes as a child, had his first brush with the law at 18 and was soon labeled a sociopath. The author sometimes stretches the narrative, offering interior monologue from Rogers even though the killer, who is now on death row, hasn't spoken to him or investigators. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.


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Gary C. King
Gary C. King is a freelance author and lecturer who has published more than 500 articles in crime magazines internationally. He is also the author of several true crime books inclu More...