A Special Place in Hell

The World's Most Depraved Serial Killers

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Pub Date 01 Jun 2021 | Archive Date 29 Mar 2021

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Christopher Berry-Dee is the man who talks to serial killers. A world-renowned investigative criminologist, he has gained the trust of murderers across the world, entered their high security prisons, and discussed in detail their shocking crimes. The killers' pursuit of horror and violence is described through the unique audiotape and videotape interviews which Berry-Dee conducted, deep inside the bowels of some of the world's toughest prisons. Christopher Berry-Dee has collated these interviews into this astounding, disturbing book. Not only does he describe his meetings with some of the world's most evil men and women, he also reproduces, verbatim, their very words as they describe their crimes, allowing the reader a glimpse into the inner workings of the people who have committed the worst crime possible—to mercilessly take the life of another human being.

US Pub Date: June 1, 2021

Christopher Berry-Dee is the man who talks to serial killers. A world-renowned investigative criminologist, he has gained the trust of murderers across the world, entered their high security prisons...


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Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Serial killers. They disgust us, enrage us, and yet enrapture us. We want to know what goes on in their minds and what forces drive them to act out such heinous desires. A Special Place in Hell doesn't offer these answers, rather delve deep into the main reasons killers do what they claim they can't control. He uses psychological works from doctors who studied some of these killers and leads the reader to draw their own conclusions on what their true motives were. He give pushes here and there, and even offers up his own theories on what he believes based on actual physical encounters he has had with these men. I appreciate this book so much, because alot of the times I read books about killers, multiple or single ones, it can feel like the author is trying to humanize or even romanticize them by the end of their segment. Not Christopher; he states plain and simple how many of these men had siblings that went through the same if not worse abuse and didn't end up killers I really enjoyed this collection of the ninth level of hell residents. I recommend it for anyone 18+(he spares no details!) looking for something different than their normal read or people who love.true crime. Thank you for your list, Christopher. I 100% agree with you in that these people deserve that special place in hell.

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An unflinching look at the criminal history of some of the most well known serial killers in history. Christopher Berry-Dee has conducted face to face interviews with these killers as they wait for their punishments to come. The coldly stated crimes unwind as the killers provide information that will definitely cement their "special place". This book is not for the faint of heart and not for those who have vivid nightmares after watching horror movies. This horror show is all too real and all too close for the comfort of anyone. It is for those readers who question how anyone could be able to commit these crimes and continue their everyday lives until the time of their capture. 5 stars because this information needs to be shared and there are few people who could do what Berry-Dee has done.

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Thank you to Netgalley and Ad Lib Publishers for the arc of A Special Place in Hell by Christopher Berry-Dee. 4 Stars- This book goes deep into the main reasons as to why killers do in what they say they can't control, there are psychological works from doctors whom had studied some of the killers, so it makes you draw your own conclusions of what the killers true motives actually were! There are also some of his own theories on this subject. This definitely isn't for the faint hearted as it is graphic in detail so definitely rate this an 18+ to read this, I really love Christopher's books there so detailed and thorough and so interesting the way to just is so unique to other true crime writers with all fact and not fictionize or romanticise them. Highly recommend 4 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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I have read many a book on serial killers and this is nothing really new and different. The first two killers in the book, I'd heard of only in brief paragraphs in another book by another author so that was new to me. The rest weren't new but still interesting to read about.

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A very interesting read about some of the worlds mists evil and depraved killers. The author has included his top ten. I guess try at every crime enthusiast will have differing opinions on who their top ten are. Very interesting and informative nonetheless. Thank you for the advanced copy

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A Special Place in Hell: The World's Most Depraved Serial Killers Kindle Edition by Christopher Berry-Dee Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the complimentary eARC. I am choosing to leave a fair and honest review. Mr. Berry-Dee begins his book with a forward the feels like Monty Python and Hannibal Lechtor Write a Cook Book. Sly, cheeky British humor begins a book that is very serious, making it easier to make it through the stories. *** Just a note: Hell as a name probably popped up when Vikings decided to make the whole of Europe an episode of the Bachelor: Ted Bundy. It probably popped up from Hel the Goddess of the Dead. And no, Marvel did not make her up. Mr. Berry-Dee gives us histories of serial killers of the worst kind. While the US was the capitol for serial killers in the 1970s-1990s, we are treated, if you can call it that, to information from all corners of the map. And he spares no details. Even as gruesome and grim as the biographies of the demons wearing human suits, the writing style is delightfully wicked. The reader feels as if they were at one of the best cocktail party talking to the most interesting person in the room. I would read anything he writes, on any subject. There is just something so delicious as the snark and gallows humor. It is the writing style that makes this very dark book shine brightly. The killers he picks range from Ted Bundy to Thomas Watt Hamilton. The killers come from six continents and he treats them all equally. Treating their stories with a iron willed empathy for the victims, it is clear that Mr. Berry-Dee gives them no quarter for their behavior, even as, with the story of Richard Speck and his many traumatic brain injuries, he presents small bits of information that may explain the horrors they committed Mr. Berry-Dee can't seem to help himself. He editorializes on efficacy of various form of execution as well as commenting on the current state of the US government and on Covid-19. Most of the time, these asides are dead on and educational. This is a book for both seasoned true crime readers and newbies to the genre. 3 ½ stars rounded up to 4 out of 5 stars https://www.amazon.com/Special-Place-Hell-Depraved-Killers-ebook/dp/B08Q3D94SZ

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I  am a true crime junkie, and this was the first book that I have read by this author. It was a different experience and this author did not not hold back at all! The author is very detailed and talks about all the different serial killers in different prisons that he was able to speak with. This author did give very detailed interactions with the killers and he has a little bit of quirkiness to his conversations, which added a different vibe to his book. This did help the book a lot IMO. I enjoyed that this author did not try to justify the actions of the killers by their past or anything that could have been to blame like on upbringing or anything like that. He literally tells it how it is and he does not sugar coat anything for the reader. I really enjoyed this a lot and I think this book would be amazing for any true crime reader!

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Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Serial killers. They disgust us, enrage us, and yet enrapture us. We want to know what goes on in their minds and what forces drive them to act out such heinous desires. A Special Place in Hell doesn't offer these answers, rather delve deep into the main reasons killers do what they claim they can't control. He uses psychological works from doctors who studied some of these killers and leads the reader to draw their own conclusions on what their true motives were. He give pushes here and there, and even offers up his own theories on what he believes based on actual physical encounters he has had with these men. I appreciate this book so much, because a lot of the times I read books about killers, multiple or single ones, it can feel like the author is trying to humanize or even romanticize them by the end of their segment. Not Christopher; he states plain and simple how many of these men had siblings that went through the same if not worse abuse and didn't end up killers I really enjoyed this collection of the ninth level of hell residents. I recommend it for anyone 18+(he spares no details!) looking for something different than their normal read or people who love true crime. Thank you for your list, Christopher. I 100% agree with you in that these people deserve that special place in hell.

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