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Chasing the Boogeyman

Author: Richard Chizmar

Started: Aug. 21, 2021

Finished: Aug. 23, 2021

Richard Chizmar is raised in Edgewood, Maryland, and loves the neighborhood he grew up in until 1988 - 1989 when 4 local girls are murdered and posed with their left ears removed. Chizmar finds himself a character in his own story when he begins visiting the victim's memorials and receiving phone calls where no one ever speaks. While taking out the trash, one night, Richard feels "hinky" and just knows that The Boogeyman is nearby. He can feel the hair standing up on the back of his neck and he just knows he is being watched and that there is evil nearby. Years go by and Richard marries, moves, and has children and goes on with his life...until one day 30 years later when he received the call he's waited for...they caught him.

I will be honest when I first heard about this book, I thought it was fiction and was very happy to see I was wrong. I am a huge fan of true crime and this book completely fits the bill. It is very interesting when the author is a part of his own story and realized that the murder is local. The story is well told and the updated version details the capture of The Boogeyman as well as a discussion Chizmar has with him. I would love to read more true crime by Richard Chizmar.

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