A Thirst for Blood: The True Story of California's Vampire Killer

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The “fast-paced” inside story of the manhunt for bloodsucking serial killer Richard Chase (Publishers Weekly).

Written by the case’s lead homicide detective, this gripping true crime account details the killing spree of one of California’s most gruesome murderers: Richard Chase, aka “the Vampire of Sacramento.” In January 1978, Sacramento police found the corpse of Teresa Wallin, a loving wife and soon-to-be mother. Veteran detective Lt. Ray Biondi immediately knew the case would be unlike anything he had ever seen before.
 
The victim’s body was deliberately disfigured in nightmarish ways, and evidence suggested the culprit had collected large volumes of her blood. In less than a month, a two-year-old boy was missing, and two men, another woman, and a five-year-old child dead, their bodies contorted, like Wallin’s, to fulfill the killer’s demented sexual desires, and—most disturbingly—his taste for human blood.
 
Previously published as The Dracula Killer, A Thirst for Blood is a riveting report of the investigation, from eyewitness testimonies to the discovery of the crime scenes to Chase’s interrogation. Lieutenant Biondi and his coauthor, Walt Hecox, provide an unflinching look at the “vampire killer” and the cunning police work that finally put an end to his reign of terror. The inspiration for Investigation Discovery’s Lore: Deadly Obsession and episodes of CSI and Criminal Minds, Chase’s crimes continue to haunt the world generations later.
 
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Lt. Ray Biondi was born in Endicott, New York, in 1937 and grew up in Northern California. In 1960, he and his wife moved to Sacramento, where he worked as a deputy sheriff, a position that jump-started his successful and rewarding career in law enforcement. With over five hundred murder investigations under his belt, Biondi retired from a seventeen-year run as head of the homicide division of the Sacramento County Sherriff’s Department in 1993. Even after retirement, he consulted on numerous homicide cases across the country, including some FBI cases, investigating and performing psychological profiles of serial killers and mass murderers. It was Biondi’s dedication to the truth as well as his experience thriving under pressure that helped him write All His Father’s Sins and A Thirst for Blood.
 
Walt Hecox (1917–1991) was born in the mining town of Grass Valley, California. He joined the Marine Corps during World War II, shortly after dropping out of school to start his journalism career with an up-and-coming publication. In 1943, he was shot in the leg and honorably discharged. Back home, he picked up where he left off, writing for sports columns and detective publications such as True Detective and Master Detective. He received a Pulitzer Prize nomination for uncovering a Mafia scandal and published hundreds of detective stories throughout his career.
 
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Open Road Media
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Published on
Nov 7, 2017
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Pages
212
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ISBN
9781504049047
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Criminals & Outlaws
Social Science / Violence in Society
True Crime / Murder / Serial Killers
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