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Welcome to March everyone! We made it through the snowpocalypse of 2021 and the sun is shining, and birds are chirping, and the world feels like it’s fresh and new again. What better time to read a story about a boy........ and many, many women that he assaulted. Yes, that’s right, I read the book, Son: A Psychopath and His Victims by Jack Olsen this past month and although it was not about serial murder, it was indeed about serial rape. 

*FULL DISCLOSURE* If you have any kind of trauma in your past, please read this book with caution because it does go into a lot of detail about what was done to all these women. This book is not for the faint hearted and I advise you to take that into careful consideration. 

With that being said, this story was a complicated and sometimes confusing look into the life of Fred Coe and his family. An overbearing mother (who should have a book written about her because she is a weird but interesting woman), a complacent father (who was also the managing editor of the local newspaper and, ironically, the person in charge of the hotline for tips on the rapists' identity), and a power struggle that seems to only be happening in the mind of Mr. Coe, the reader is taken on a ride through the different personalities and lives of this man who reeked terror on the streets of Spokane, Washington in 1978 through 1981. Fred Coe is an interesting look into what a sexual psychopath thinks and feels, and how to this very day, he believes in his own innocence. Not only did he ruin the lives of at least 43 women, some of them underage teenage girls, but he also gaslighted his ex-wife and then his fiancé into believing that things he did and said were completely normal and if anything went wrong in his or their lives, it was all their fault.  

I chose this book because I am from this beloved town in Eastern Washington and am headed back there this Month. I am regretfully having to leave Bear Creek Library and return home, so it was bittersweet to read and then write about this book. 

Spokane, WA is a small city that boasts rivers and lakes and beautiful mountains, and I personally think it’s a wonderful place to live; this book though, portrays a more sinister side to Spokane and shows the reader what life was like in the late 70’s early 80’s there. I have to say, I was more than a little disappointed to be shown that my cute little city was so rotten in the past. Disturbingly hypocritical to its own populace, you see a different side of Spokane than what I have known it to be. Honestly though it’s a beautiful city and everyone should visit at least once! 

As this is my last blog for HCPL I bid you all a fond farewell and hope you don’t stop reading the many true crime books we have available in our library system. Feel free to call Bear Creek for any and all book recommendations you may need in the future! 

Can't find Son in our system? Here's a few read alikes:

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Last Man Standing

 

Man With The Candy

 

Most Evil

 

Strange

 

House Of Evil

 

Thank you for reading my blogs!

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