Eighteen-year-old Jason Moss was used to playing roles. As a boy, he perfected the art of fitting in with different crowds but never having one of his own. Then, partly to satisfy a college assignment, he turned to a new crowd: men who'd blazed their way into the American consciousness and now languished in prison. Men named Dahmer, Manson and ...
Eighteen-year-old Jason Moss was used to playing roles. As a boy, he perfected the art of fitting in with different crowds but never having one of his own. Then, partly to satisfy a college assignment, he turned to a new crowd: men who'd blazed their way into the American consciousness and now languished in prison. Men named Dahmer, Manson and Gacy. Posing as an ideal friend - or perfect victim - Jason wrote letters to the infamous killers. While Moss corresponded with Charles Manson and Jeffrey Dahmer, none was more fascinating than the 'killer clown', John Wayne Gacy. Obsessed with his new pen pal. Gacy's letters became weekly phone calls and eventually, an invitation to his prison - a showdown Jason tells in nightmarish detail. With Gacy the clear master of his prison domain, the eighteen year-old was forced to look into the abyss and consider that he might become Gacy's last victim. As Jason slips further and further into the underworld of Death Row convicts, his everyday world spins around him, becoming more and more surreal. Impossible to put down and brutally honest, The Last Victim stunningly mirrors our society's fascination with the most violent and depraved among us.
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Publishers Weekly, 1999-03-01 The subtitle is a slight bit of misdirection: Moss offers us a journey into his own mind, into the mind of someone obsessed with the minds of serial killers. As a UNLV freshman, he corresponded with John Wayne Gacy, then on Death Row. He also accepted collect calls from Gacy, who attempted to talk him into committing incest with his younger brother. Enthralled by his proximity to sociopathology, Moss expanded his list of "psycho pen pals" to include Charles Manson, Richard Ramirez (aka the Night Stalker) and Jeffrey Dahmer. His impulse was to get inside the criminal mind. To do so, he sometimes found it necessary to tailor the truth about himself to fit what he felt the killers wanted to hear: he claimed to be the "grand priest of a cult" in his letters to Ramirez. Despite suffering nightmares triggered by his grisly correspondents, Moss, after contacting the FBI agent who handled Gacy, flew to Illinois to spend his spring break "alone in a locked, unmonitored room with a psychopath who'd raped, tortured, and strangled many boys just like me." Moss succeeds in contrasting his family life and his prisoner contacts, but the insight he offers into the internal logic of the serial killing mind is limited. Moreover, some readers will wonder about his own motivations, especially when he holds forth about the market value of Dahmer's autograph and otherwise participates in the strange, ghoulish culture of serial killer celebrity. Psychotherapist Kottler, one of Moss's UNLV instructors, contributes both a prologue and an afterword. Eight pages of drawings and photos. Major ad/promo. (Apr.)
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