From a bestselling author, a true account of a paroled sex offender’s vicious crimes: “No one faces evil head-on like Corey Mitchell” (Gregg Olsen).
On a November night in 1998, in San Luis Obispo, California, college student Rachel Newhouse was walking alone when a stranger appeared. He was wearing a grotesque skull-face Halloween mask. Knocking her unconscious, the attacker threw Newhouse into his pick-up truck and took her to his secluded canyon cabin where he raped her, hog-tied her, then left her to strangle to death.
The following March, a stalker who’d been shadowing twenty-year-old Aundria Crawford broke into her apartment, pummeled her into insensibility, and carried her away to his hideout. There, she was sexually assaulted, tortured, and murdered.
As Californians reacted with panic and outrage to the disappearances, parole officer David Zaragoza paid a visit to one of his charges, Rex Allan Krebs, a violent serial rapist who had served only ten of his twenty-year sentence at Soledad State Prison. After sending Krebs back to jail for violating his parole, Zaragoza made a shocking discovery on the premises: an eight ball keychain belonging to one of the victims.
The find would lead to an intensive search of the canyon property, a grisly discovery, and a confession in which Krebs asked, “If I am not a monster, then what am I?” A jury answered his question in 2001, sentencing him to death by lethal injection. This is the full story from Los Angeles Times–bestselling author Corey Mitchell, who offers “some of the most up-close, incisive true-crime coverage in a long time” (Poppy Z. Brite).
“A front seat on a roller coaster of terror.” —Dennis McDougal, author of Mother’s Day
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