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Every serial killer is a “nice guy”—until he’s found out. This is the shocking, true account of a Southern charmer who left a trail of victims in his wake.

Jerry Marcus fooled them all. He was “a nice guy,” always helped at home, did well in school, an athlete, and always employed. When things went wrong, he was the first to help clean up the mess. He was the last person anyone suspected of being a serial killer.

After Marcus was caught and sentenced to life in prison in the late 1970s, author Linda Lou Long spent years corresponding with him. The Tuskegee Strangler gives an inside look into the workings of a man who is not your typical serial killer.

©2022 Linda Lou Long (P)2022 Blackstone Publishing

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Too Nice For His Own Good

Linda Lou Long takes us into the mind of the serial killer, Jerry Marcus, who evaded police scrutiny for years. While he might have been suspect in some crimes, he was so nice and easy going, that no one suspected that he might just be capable of murder... and more than one murder at that.

Jerry Marcus had a rough upbringing, one of domestic abuse and violence. He thought he could escape it. He worked hard, was an athlete, and was dedicated to whatever job he put his mind to. However, he was a serial womanizer, moving from relationship to relationship, fathering several children along the way. Some of his girlfriends would change the locks so he could not return, while he just disappeared out of the lives of others.

As Jerry got his start in killing, he knew he had to be careful. After all, he didn't mean to kill those women, at least that is what he told himself. After a 13-year period where he managed to walk mostly straight and narrow, Jerry started killing again, this time in more rapid succession, and leaving evidence behind of his crimes.

This was an interesting book. It is laid out very methodically, with the author relying on many of the interviews and correspondence that she shared with Jerry Marcus. He was linked to his crimes after an arrest when he started telling them about the line of bodies attached to his name.
Are there other victims? More than likely, but unless he decides to share, no one will ever know.

Great book and an enticing read. For true crime lovers, this is a great one to pick up!

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