Dig deep into the unsolved murder of Jackie English and join the hunt for a serial killer
Fifty years ago, a serial killer prowled the quiet city of London, Ontario, marking it as his hunting grounds. As young women and boys were abducted, raped, and murdered, residents of the area held their loved ones closer and closer, terrified of the monster — or monsters — stalking the streets. Homicide detective Dennis Alsop began hunting the killer in the 1960s, and he didn’t stop searching until his death 40 years later. For decades, detectives, actual and armchair, and the victims’ families and friends continued to ask questions: Who was the Forest City Killer? Was there more than one person, or did a depraved individual commit all of these crimes on his own?
Combing through the files Detective Alsop left behind, researcher Vanessa Brown reopens the cases, revealing previously unpublished witness statements, details of evidence, and astonishing revelations. And through her investigation, Vanessa posits the unthinkable: is it possible that the Forest City Killer is still alive and, like the notorious Golden State Killer, a simple DNA test could bring him to justice?
Short DescriptionAmateur sleuth and longtime London, Ontario, resident Vanessa Brown starts investigating the fifty-year-old disappearance of Jackie English and discovers there may have been a serial killer prowling the Forest City all those years ago.
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“Brown’s smooth prose is a plus. True crime fans who don’t need conclusive answers will be well satisfied.” — Publishers Weekly
“Author Vanessa Brown has taken the story of murder most foul and crafted a true tale of intrigue with so many twists and turns that it is almost unbelievable . . . Untangling the web of murders as well as entertaining multiple theories, the writing of this book must have been a monumental task and yet Vanessa Brown proves herself as adept in not only untangling the many strands of the web, but also in providing readers with a cohesive and coherent timeline and a theory that comes across as convincing.” — Amie’s Book Reviews blog
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