In February, 1989, Los Angeles college coed Dondi Johnson was viciously knifed to death and set afire by James Angel. In March, 1991, in a New York City strip club, dancer Yvonne Hausley, 22, was hacked to death by Tony Perillo. In April, 1992, near California's famous Livermore labs, fortyish Barbara Muszalski died screaming under the blade of handyman "Robert" Gonzales. In all three cases, the alleged killer was the same person: fiendish, frenzied Benjamin Pedro Gonzales.
A gangbanger and loan shark enforcer too violent for his gambler bosses, Gonzales had become a rootless drifter criss-crossing the U.S. on a rage-fueled killing spree. His signature technique was multiple stab wounds to his victims' faces, especially in the eyes. Profilers determined that his ultra-violent killings gave him a kind of sexual release.
Sparked by TV coverage, including a segment on "America's Most Wanted, " an intensive nationwide manhunt raced to find Gonzales before he killed again. Once caught, he threatened to turn the justice system upside-down by feigning madness to delay his trial. Yet none of his crazy-like-a-fox tricks could save him from drawing a life sentence in California's maximum security prison at Corcoran, where he occupies a cell opposite Charles Manson, and where his jailers call him "the most dangerous inmate."
Includes 16 Pages Of Shocking Photos
Kensington; April 2002
- ISBN 9780786038619
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- Title: Savage
- Author: Robert Scott
About The Author
Robert Scott discovered that true-crime writing is incredibly interesting, as "You have to be part journalist, part detective and part analytical writer for the true crime market." Robert's books have detailed the lives of killers and victims, police detectives and FBI agents—from California to Iowa, from the Canadian border to the Mexican border. They've depicted stories from a murderous male/female team in the High Sierras to a psychopathic killer on the mean streets of Los Angeles. They've also told the stories of victims, from an exotic dancer, to a beautiful but naive college girl, to a loving and vulnerable ranch wife. "The lives of the victims, and the detectives who brought them justice, are vitally important in these stories," Robert said. "I absolutely believe in a comment related to me by an Assistant United States Attorney, 'To the living we owe respect, to the dead we owe the truth.'"
Robert is currently working on true crime books set in Oregon and Northern California. Robert has been on many television shows on Discovery ID, A&E, E!, and Tru TV.