Item description for Lethal Shadow: The Chilling True-Crime Story of a Sadistic Sex Slayer by Stephen G. Michaud...
Profiles the life and crimes of James Mitchell De Bardeleban, from his initial arrest as a counterfeiter to the discovery that he was also a sadistic kidnapper, torturer, and sex murderer responsible for a twenty-year reign of terror.
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Not worth the money Oct 10, 2006
I found this book to drag on so much that I never finished it. It was just simply too full of facts and was a complete bore to read. I get enough required dry reading material in my college courses.
what are you talking about? Aug 29, 2006
THIS BOOK WAS GREAT - the author didn't make it a hollywood show like ann rule, etc. He wrote the facts of the case. Explained the horrific things that this man did. As a TRUE crime book goes this is one of the best.... Ann Rule and others like her GLAM it up to tell a story for the new york times best seller list. This book states how it is - no beefing up the evidence to try to impress you. No lying and storytelling.. simply put - the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
Average reading... not a bad book, but not the best, either Jun 25, 2000
I found this book to be mildly interesting, but certainly not the best book I've read. I found it to be a bit dry at times, with too much focus on the police, FBI & Secret Service personnel and too little on the criminal and his crimes.
Interesting story but blandly written Oct 16, 1999
Story of a counterfeiting, spousal abuse, kidnapping, rape and murder. The author focuses mainly on the counterfeiting aspect and the U.S. Secret Service agents who pursued Mike DeBardeleben. You never get the feeling of really knowing the subject as you do with Jack Olsen, Ann Rule, et al. This is a problem with half the true crime books out there; probably because they are written from court transcripts and do not scratch the surface of a great story.
Don't waste your time... Apr 7, 1999
I am an avid true crime reader and this book wasn't worth the typing effort to order. The author focused on every pointless event of the case and crime. I honestly couldn't finish it. I made it 2/3 the way through and tossed it on the bookshelf...and believe me, it has to be bad for me not to finish it! Its to bad too, because the REAL story that he was attempting to tell was an outrageous crime that was commited and worthy story to be written about, he just couldn't get it across.