Behold the Monster: Confronting America's Most Prolific Serial Killer
Jillian Lauren had no idea what she was getting into when she wrote her first letter to prolific serial killer Samuel Little. All she knew was her research had led her to believe he was good for far more murders than the three for which he had been convicted. While the two exchanged dozens of letters and embarked on hundreds of hours of interviews, Lauren gained the trust of a monster. After maintaining his innocence for decades, Little confessed to the murders of ninety-three women, often drawing his victims in haunting detail as he spoke. How could one man evade justice, manipulating the system for over four decades?
As the FBI, the DOJ, the LAPD, and countless law enforcement officials across the country worked to connect their cold cases with the confessions, Lauren's coverage of the investigations and obsession with Little's victims only escalated.
New York Times bestselling author and lead of the Starz docuseries Confronting a Serial Killer Jillian Lauren delivers the harrowing report of her unusual relationship with a psychopath. But this is more than a deep dive into the actions of Samuel Little. Lauren's riveting and emotional accounts reveal the women who were lost to cold files, giving Little's victims a chance to have their stories heard for the first time.
Praise for Behold the Monster: Confronting America's Most Prolific Serial Killer
"Sam Little is the monster in this story and Jillian Lauren is the slayer. She is the one who stuck her nose into it, saw something was not right, was dreadfully wrong, in fact, and did something about it." — Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Jillian Lauren employs a bewitching blend of empathy and brio, deep imagination and cold curiosity, to unleash a tale of horror that is also humane and self aware. This is a hard book to read, and even harder to put down." — Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Candy House
"Jillian confronts the man with the dubious honor of being America's most prolific serial killer. His revelations were gleaned due to Jillian’s work with Little, law enforcement, the Texas Rangers, and the FBI...she got this murderer to confess." — Joe Berlinger, award-winning true crime documentary filmmaker and producer
"You can go to hell, but you can’t come back clean. Jillian Lauren made the trip for us and the result is a gripping personal thriller, a true crime confessional. Lauren steps up to the monster and tells it straight, in dancing prose by turns lyrical , hard boiled, confessional, and encyclopedic. This story introduces us to scores of victims, previously unknown and unnamed. Women who society forgot... but their killer never did. Lauren brings them into the light." — Charlie Graeber, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Nurse
"It’s always been on my mind. How my sister died, who killed her and why. But now we know, thank the Lord. After all these years, the Lord has answered our prayers." — Deborah Duvall, sister of Alice Duvall
"The serial killer speaks—and so do his victims. Behold the Monster is a rare gem of a true crime narrative. Author Jillian Lauren pushes away spiders and cobwebs to take you deep inside the torturous mind of an apex predator while also adding a heart-wrenching dimension to the many lives he destroyed. The writing is crisp, disturbing and ultimately terrifying!" — Casey Sherman, New York Times bestselling author of Helltown
"Equal parts harrowing and imaginative, Behold the Monster looks straight into the face of pure evil and doesn’t blink. Jillian Lauren’s devastating portrait of Sam Little and his innumerable victims is a journey into a darkness that is almost unfathomable; as well as an indictment of a failed justice system and the social decay that created a serial killer in the first place. Utterly gripping, this book will tear you apart." — Janelle Brown, New York Times bestselling author
"Wildly original... True crime fans will find this a unique and disturbing thrill ride." — Publishers Weekly