"Gregory A. Fournier's thoroughly researched and highly readable account is certain to stand as the definitive work on this all-American monster." --Harold Schechter, author of THE SERIAL KILLER FILES.
"An insightful and engrossing account of Michigan's worst sexually sadistic serial killer. Gregory A. Fournier details the relentless 'boots on the ground' investigation... and the complexity of the forensic expert testimony with authentic and intense detail. --Mark Safarik, Director of Forensic Behavioral Services International and FBI Profiler (Ret.)
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Between the summers of 1967 through 1969, before the term serial killer was coined, a predatory killer stalked the campuses of Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan seeking prey, until he made the arrogant mistake of killing his last victim in the basement of his uncle's home. All-American boy John Norman Collins was arrested, tried, and convicted of the strangulation murder of Karen Sue Beineman. The other murders attributed to Collins never went to trial and soon became cold cases--with one notable exception.
With the benefit of fifty years of hindsight, hundreds of vintage newspaper articles, thousands of pages of police reports, and countless interviews, Terror in Ypsilanti tells the stories of the other victims, recreates the infamous trial that took Collins off the streets, and details Collins's time spent in Michigan prisons.