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Previously published as I’ve Been Watching You: The South Louisiana Serial Killer
Pub. Date: 2005
Type: Non-Fiction, True Crime ~ Library Book
Rating: Liked it ♥♡
In my review of Dismembered I wrote that there were three serial killers in Baton Rouge at one time. One was Sean Vincent Gillis, another one was Derrick Todd Lee; A.K.A.: “The Baton Rouge Serial Killer”; A.K.A.: “The South Louisiana Serial Killer”, the third was nicknamed the “Prostitute Killer”. I don’t think he was ever caught.
Sean Vincent Gillis mainly preyed on women that he thought would be missed, women that ‘were already dead’, at least to him. Lee targeted the woman he believed he could never get. Attractive, intelligent, accomplished, successful. He also was a black serial killer killing white women, he just went after women he could only get by force. Then he killed them.
I wrote, rather tongue in cheek, that this book could also be titled, “How Not to Catch a Serial Killer”. The task force had no experience in serial killers, and rejected suggestion from 3 people ‘you should really look a this guy’. Not flighty people, two of them were experienced investigators. In the end, these investigators were not even mentioned in the press conference authorities gave after Lee was caught.
This book does not flinch in it’s writing, the good, the bad and the ugly. The trial coverage is extensive and detailed. But it wasn’t just a rehash of what you had already read. It really conveyed all that is involved in the prosecution of a murdered.
Derrick Todd Lee was tried and convicted of two murders, but he has been linked to at least seven more. There are more murders that authorities think he was involved in. He never confessed nor offered to reveal where he disposed of bodies. There are families out there in pain, on January 21, 2016 Lee died in prison, taking his secrets to the grave.
I recommend this book to true crime fans.