The Serial Killer Whisperer by Pete Earley
My parents bought this book as a Christmas gift for me in 2016, and the second I got around to reading it, I couldn’t put it down.
It’s not exactly a traditional true crime book, but it scratches all my itches.
It chronicles the story of Tony Ciaglia, who suffered a traumatic brain injury at a young age that drastically changed his personality.
In order to cope with the depression and dark thoughts that followed, he began corresponding with serial killers that are imprisoned in the United States.
His unique outlook allowed him to develop relationships with these men, and some even revealed crimes to him that they hadn’t previously been attributed to.
In the book, Author Pete Earley focuses on Tony’s correspondences with Arthur Shawcross (The Genessee River Killer) and Joe Metheny, but it appears that Tony has corresponded with quite a few murders. It does feature direct excerpts from the killers’ letters, and they can get quite graphic, so be warned.
Overall, this unique true crime book belongs in any True Crime Nerd’s collection! I also contacted Tony Ciaglia on Facebook to ask a question for a book I was working on, and he is literally the nicest person I’ve ever talked to.
His story is incredible, and he’s helping families get closure for murders that may never have been solved. Go check it out in The Serial Killer Whisperer by Pete Earley.
By Skylar Abdeljalil