Killers Amidst Killers: Hunting Serial Killers Operating Under the Cloak of America’s Opioid Epidemic

Morrow. Jul. 2022. 256p. ISBN 9780063026537. $28.99. CRIME
True crime journalist, producer, and podcast host Jensen (Chase Darkness with Me) examines a cluster of missing and murdered sex workers in the Columbus, OH, area and the response—or lack thereof—from law enforcement and the general public. This work is a clarion call about the opioid epidemic and a condemnation of society’s apathy to crimes against sex workers. Focusing first on a pair of friends murdered weeks apart and then expanding the story as the investigation grows, Jensen is an erudite guide as he profiles the women and their loved ones, documents the crimes, and sources information in innovative ways. Jensen profiles possible suspects, from a cop who killed a sex worker to convicted serial murderers. By the end, readers face a chilling conclusion. A fascinating chapter explores the Murder Accountability Project, a murder-aggregation database run by a private citizen. It highlights larger issues surrounding investigations spanning jurisdictions.
VERDICT Jensen is a respected figure in the true crime community, and his compelling, compassionate work is highly recommended.
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