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  • It is a however interesting insight into the mind of a killer, who had wanted no frills or appeals

    • by Jacinth K Lee

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      ROPE was written by Michael Newton, and published by Pocket Books in 1998.

      A very disquieting story of a killer at a time when serial killers and mass murderers were uncommon. Harvey Glatman was not a born killer; in fact his parents were both normal people, an indulgent mother and rather strict father.

      Harvey was not abused or subjected to any form of deviation. Yet he exhibited disturbing signs of sexual abnormality from the age of 3 or 4 years, tying a string around his penis, or a rope round his neck.

      He was, at first, very shy with the opposite sex; he would

      avoid them totally. Later on, his attitude changed towards them - he became very aggressive.

      It soon became an obsession, when he had to feel and touch them; leading to their assault and rapes. Finally when he knew he could not let them go, else they would report him, he had to silence them.

      He could relate to the rope, which he always brought with him on his hunting sprees. He would use his camera as his part of his disguise, to engage models for his photography sessions this was how he managed to approach his victims.

      He would ...

      • capture these memories on films, and rehash them in the privacy of his rooms. He had murdered three women; and in the process of killing the fourth, the plucky victim fought and escaped death; resulting in the capture of Harvey Glatman.

        From his appearance, he looked like a mild mannered young man unthreatening and with distinctive large ears that had marked him. No one would have suspected that he harbored such instability and sexual turmoil.

        During his imprisonment, he had wanted no appeals, and that his case and execution be expedited. There is too much information in this book that was

        unrelated to this story; though the author had done a lot of research on other murders, tagging these to the book only serves to make the story draggy and at times, boring.

        He should have kept the story short and precise, then it would be more impactful. It is a however interesting insight into the mind of a killer, who had wanted no frills or appeals.

        He had blamed no one for his crimes, and was prepared to die for what he had done. It would have been a fascinating read, if you are able to just focus on the main story, and discard the irrelevant parts.

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