Due to popular demand and our returning guest Serial Killer Month is extended one additional week as we wrap up the theme month with Kevin M. Sullivan.
Marie Samuels is back fresh from Vacation and just in time to help me welcome back Best Selling True Crime Author Kevin M. Sullivan. Kevin's appearance a few weeks back was cut short due to a power outage caused by severe weather, however he's back this week to talk about his book "Vampire; The Richard Chase Murders."
From The Bestselling Author Of THE BUNDY MURDERS Comes The Story Of ‘The Vampire of Sacramento’ VAMPIRE
is the tale of a diabolical, homicidal madman running amok, mutilating
and murdering the unsuspecting residents in the quiet neighborhoods of
Sacramento, CA. His diabolical and unrelenting desires, not just to
kill his victims but to drink their blood, unleashed a terror within
the city unlike anything the residents had ever known.
About the book:
By the time Richard Trenton Chase graduated high school, everyone knew he was strange. But no one had any idea how bizarre he’d become, or what dark impulses were flowing through his troubled brain. The transformation from the outwardly strange young man to the diabolical killer he ultimately became, was gradual and would not become known until it was too late. First it was the killing of small animals and birds, and the drinking of their blood. However, when these sacrifices failed to satiate his needs, Richard Chase would seek out the highest form of life, and the city of Sacramento, California would react in horror to the hideous murders and mutilations committed by his hands. For those living in the quiet neighborhoods where the murders occurred, it was nothing less than a time of terror until the fiend was captured.
VAMPIRE: The Richard Chase Murders is an in-depth look into the life and disturbed mind of a killer, his family, and his many victims, the living as well as the dead. Within these pages you’ll discover what it was like for the police, and what a difficult job they had finding a killer they knew wouldn’t stop until he was apprehended. It was a race against time, in a series of murders that would stun even the most hardened investigators. It is the story of a city under siege, held captive by the man whose appetite for blood could not be satiated.
From the book:
“On August 3, Richard Chase was sitting in the hot sun along a rocky area of Pyramid Lake, Nevada, some two hundred miles from Sacramento. He was completely naked and was covered in blood. He wasn’t in a hurry, just sitting there. Approximately one-half to three-quarters of a mile away (and across the lake) sat his Ford Ranchero. Inside the vehicle were two rifles, a .22 caliber and a Marlin .30-30 lever-action. Both weapons had blood on them, as did most of the inside of the vehicle. There was a white bucket, too, which contained blood and a liver.”
From the Kevin M. Sullivan
Writing the story of Richard Chase was both fascinating and appalling. Fascinating, because once the horrific murders began, it was literally a race against time for the police as they worked tirelessly to stop the slaughter, and appalling, due to the fiendish nature of the crimes being committed by this strange, and for a time, very elusive killer. Visiting the sites of these murders, and following closely the trail of Richard Chase in the spring of 2012 while conducting research for the book, gave me at least a “feel” for what it must have been like during that hellish period in Sacramento’s history.
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