The Sex Slave Murders

The Sex Slave Murders

Book 1
R. Barri Flowers
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THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS chronicles the kidnapping-murders of
serial killers Gerald and Charlene Gallego.

A marriage made in hell...

Barely five feet tall, sweet and innocent looking, Charlene Gallego used all of
her charms to beguile pretty teenage girls and young women  into the back of a van, where her lethal
husband, Gerald, lay waiting.

A killer couple bound together by secrets, lies, and sex slave fantasies...

Married multiple times and still in his early thirties, Gerald Gallego found
the perfect companion in Charlene. Over a grisly period of twenty-six months,
their bloody and brutal rampage of kidnapping, rape, and murder spanned three
states and claimed eleven lives.

In this much more frightening than fiction tale of domination, depraved lust,
substance abuse, violence, and murder, bestselling criminologist R. Barri
Flowers tells the whole story of a couple's twisted relationship, their ghastly
crimes and ability to elude the law, how they were finally captured, and the
two riveting trials that ultimately pitted wife against husband with the stakes
higher than either once imagined in their murderous bond..


SLAVE MURDERS is a gripping account of the murders committed by
husband-and-wife serial killers Gerald and Charlene Gallego.  Top true
crime author and criminologist R. Barri Flowers provides his keen insight and expertise
into what made these killing partners tick.  Flowers knows his stuff.
 Compelling reading."  --Gary
C. King, author of BLOOD LUST: Portrait of a Serial Sex Killer and DRIVEN TO


"R. Barri Flowers always
relates an engrossing story in a hard-hitting and fast-paced manner."


"R. Barri Flowers has done a tremendous job, and if you are
looking for a true crime read this book should not be missed.

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About the author

R. Barri Flowers is an award winning criminologist and bestselling author of nearly seventy books, including true crime, criminology, thriller fiction, and young adult mysteries.
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R. Barri Flowers
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Jul 8, 2011
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True Crime / General
True Crime / Murder / General
True Crime / Murder / Serial Killers
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