I found it all very interesting but others may just want to read about the murders. I would give this book five stars, however, I found something to be desired. An incompetent local investigation. Hunting the Devil by Lourie, Richard Many authors tend to miss the line between admiration and fact telling but Richard Lourie is a perfect balance. Read more Read less.
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Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo who was executed the year after both this book and Comrade Chikatilo were published was ethnic Ukrainian and, being born in , lived through the years when Ukraine was being kicked around Europe like an old soccer ball. His mother told him stories of his older brother Stepan, killed and eaten by starving Ukrainians before Chikatilo was born. So Chikatilo became a teacher and then a supply clerk, married, had two children, and in started raping, killing, and mutilating girls, boys, and young women.
He lived through two "resettlements" in which three of his siblings died , and clawed his way up, by virtue of being smart and aggressive, to the point that he could in fact go to law school; he also had the sense, unlike Chikatilo, not to try for Moscow, knowing it was pointless.
Kostoev became a master interrogator, solved a number of difficult cases including indicting basically the entire legal and judicial structure of Rostov-on-Don for corruption , and became head of the Department of Crimes of Special Importance.
And got handed the dreadful clusterfuck that was the investigation of the serial killer working in Rostov-on-Don. Chikatilo had an awful childhood? So did Kostoev. So was Kostoev. And in some cases, like Kostoev, become illuminated inside with the desire to do good. Like I said, Lourie could have done more with that. I have no idea if his version of Kostoev is an accurate portrait of the real human being, but he does make him a splendid protagonist.
Hunting the Devil: The Pursuit, Capture and Confession of the Most Savage Serial Killer in History
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