Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession

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  • Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession
  • Rachel Monroe
  • 05 December 2017

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Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and ObsessionA Provocative And Original Investigation Of Our Cultural Fascination With Crime, Linking Four Archetypes Detective, Victim, Defender, Killer To Four True Stories About Women Driven By ObsessionIn This Illuminating Exploration Of Women, Violence, And Obsession, Rachel Monroe Interrogates The Appeal Of True Crime Through Four Narratives Of Fixation In The S, A Frustrated Heiress Began Creating Dollhouse Crime Scenes Depicting Murders, Suicides, And Accidental Deaths Known As The Mother Of Forensic Science, She Revolutionized The Field Of What Was Then Called Legal Medicine In The Aftermath Of The Manson Family Murders, A Young Woman Moved Into Sharon Tate S Guesthouse And, Over The Next Two Decades, Entwined Herself With The Tate Family In The Mid Nineties, A Landscape Architect In Brooklyn Fell In Love With A Convicted Murderer, The Supposed Ringleader Of The West Memphis Three, Through An Intense Series Of Letters After They Married, She Devoted Her Life To Getting Him Freed From Death Row And In , A Teenager Deeply Involved In The Online Fandom For The Columbine Killers Planned A Mass Shooting Of Her Own Each Woman, Monroe Argues, Represents And Identifies With A Particular Archetype That Provides An Entryway Into True Crime Through These Four Cases, She Traces The History Of American Crime Through The Growth Of Forensic Science, The Evolving Role Of Victims, The Satanic Panic, The Rise Of Online Detectives, And The Long Shadow Of The Columbine Shooting In A Combination Of Personal Narrative, Reportage, And A Sociological Examination Of Violence And Media In The Twentieth And Twenty First Century, Savage Appetites Scrupulously Explores Empathy, Justice, And The Persistent Appeal Of Violence

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10 thoughts on “Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession

  1. Valerity (Val) says:

    Rachel Monroe s book delves into the issue of women and their obsession with true crime As if that s always a bad thing This is basically divided into four sections relating four different cases the author examines as separate cases to consider as studies I was already familiar with the one of the heiress in the 1940 s who came up with and then crafted a dozen miniaturized crime scenes called nutshells that were used for teaching what later became known as forensics The second chapter is on a woman who years later, moved into the house where Sharon Tate and others were murdered She has a thing for the murders and the Tate family in particular and spends her time trying to get to know everything there is to know about both I remember reading the book she wrote after she eventually managed to get close to remaining family members after mother Doris Tate passed away The third chapter is about a New York woman who becomes enmeshed with one of the West Memphis Three after seeing a video on it After falling for one of them by mail, she devotes her life to trying to get him released from death row And finally, the fourth chapter is about a young female who becomes infatuated with the Columbine school killers after reading all about their exploits online, and begins planning a shooting of her own.This isn t a typical true crime book, there is some discussion of the large number of women who are hooked on true crime vs the small number of men Then these four different kinds of examples and what they might mean But it s still all very interesting if you like the subject I certainly had no complaints with it and was interested very much Advance electronic review copy was provided by NetGalley, author Rachel Monroe, and the publisher.My BookZone blog

  2. Jessica Woodbury says:

    Let s just start with all the ways in which I have specific, subjective opinions about this book I hate the true crime trend I specifically hate the fandoms that have grown up around true crime For me, it is exploitative and disrespectful, it turns real problems and pain into entertainment, and it does little to take on the very real issues of violence, poverty, policing, and bias in our criminal justice system even though all of these things are central to the real world of crime and punishment If that is also you, this book may look interesting to you the way it did to me Because I think it s time for a real examination of why and how our culture is obsessed with true crime But if you feel the way I do, it s very possible the book will hit you the way it hit me and not be what you wanted.This is not really the book s fault But I assumed that I would be a good audience for this book It turns out I am not This book is not for me And that s fine It did not make me actively angry the way a lot of true crime does, it is attempting to analyze the unhealthy obsessions people women in particular have with true crime But for a reader like me it feels like it has started a journey only to get off a few stops in, leaving all the real juicy stuff just sitting there untouched I suspect that the audience for this book is the actual lovers of true crime who are ready to be thoughtful about their obsessions The book has stories of four women interspersed with some commentary and stories of Monroe herself and her obsessions The main issue I have with this structure is the difference between Monroe and her subjects The women in her stories go to extremes, like EXTREME extremes It s too easy to separate the typical behaviors of Monroe and women like her from the women in these stories The conclusions she wants to draw about why women become obsessed don t quite fit these other stories that are writ so large that it s easy to say, Yeah but that person is obviously dealing with some real issues whereas I would never do that Still, Monroe does start to make some real criticism of the culture that has sprung up around true crime obsessives and why women in particular are drawn to it She really has the right ideas and the right themes, she just lets the other women s stories dominate the narrative And, if you re a reader like me, she doesn t seem willing to see it all through I realized near the end of the book that the only way this book would please me is if it were a full on indictment of this culture, and it clearly isn t ready to be that It wants to map out the roots of these obsessions, the ways it can help women feel control in their lives, without condemning it She seems to want her readers to consider their own feelings and see how they can be critical without going any farther.Structurally I think there s a start here but only a start Still, I think this book will probably appeal to a lot of people And the ideal book in my mind probably wouldn t appeal to very many people at all Because I am a curmudgeon who is not reliable for objective reviews of anything true crime related and that s just how it is.

  3. Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads) says:

    3.5 starsOur society has become obsessed with true crime Podcasts, books, TV shows, websites, and TV channels devote hours to discussing crimes Statistically speaking, it s women who are fueling this obsession The overwhelming majority of true crime readers and true crime podcast listeners are female According to Monroe, forensic science is one of the fastest growing college majors and seven in ten of those students are female Rachel Monroe has chosen four stories to discuss the history of forensics and the true crime obsessed while also analyzing her own fascination with the genre and its effect on her life The four women in this book were encouraged to lead small lives or to keep parts of themselves hidden becoming entwined with a famous crime enlarged their worlds and allowed them to express thing they couldn t otherwise voice Savage Appetites divides four stories into chapters, including The Detective, The Victim, The Defender, and The Killer.The Detective tells readers the story of Frances Glessner Lee, a wealthy heiress who used her time and money to create Nutshells painstakingly detailed miniatures of crime scenes that were used as training tools for law enforcement Lee was an unlikely detective whose obsession with crime was tolerated because of her wealth.The Victim follows the bizarre story of life for actress Sharon Tate s family after her death at the hands of the Manson Family Tate s younger sister Patti eventually became the family spokesperson after her mother s death with the support of Alisa Statman In 1990, Statman moved into the Beverly Hills guesthouse on the property where Sharon Tate and her friends were murdered Statman claims she only became interested in the history of Sharon Tate after she moved in and helped writer Bill Nelson with some research Either way, she eventually became close with Patti and continued to raise Patti s children and speak for the family after her death.The Defender explores the relationship between Lorri Davis and death row inmate Damien Echols, one of the West Memphis Three accused of murdering three eight year old boys in Arkansas Lorri and Damien became acquainted through letters after Lorri watched a documentary about the murders and believed Damien to be innocent She quickly became fixated on the case and began a romantic relationship with him Lorri left a successful life in NYC to move closer to Damien The couple married and Lorri devoted all of her time to the case.The West Memphis Three gained the support of several celebrities who funded further investigation that could lead to new evidence that would allow for a new trial and all three men were eventually released from prison The Killer details the progression of an online chat between Lindsay Souvannarath and her friend James who both shared an obsession with Columbine shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold The pair eventually begin planning to open fire at a mall in Nova Scotia but an anonymous tip prevents them from carrying out their plan Many people believe their discussion was mostly bravado and the young couple would never have actually opened fire but there was certainly intent since Lindsay boarded the plane to Nova Scotia to meet James.I found all four of these stories to be fascinating and enjoyed the discussion and structure of the book All four women are vastly different and that s why the stories work so well together The time I spent with their stories, the I realized that there wasn t a simple, universal answer to why women were fascinated by true crime because woman is not a simple, universal catergory Obsession was a recurring theme in their lives, but that obsession wasn t monolithic It stemmed from different motivations, had different objects and different implications Savage Appetites is four true crime stories that explore obsession and motivation in relation to women who gravitate to the subject.I recommend it for readers who enjoy true crime and sociology.Thanks to Scribner and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review Savage Appetites Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession is scheduled for release on August 20, 2019 Quotes included are from a digital advanced reader s copy and are subject to change upon final publication.For reviews, visit

  4. Emily says:

    My standard procedure is not to give star ratings to books I don t finish, but I m so annoyed by this book that I m doing it anyway Savage Appetites is a convoluted mess of a true crime book The synopsis of this book sounds amazing, which is what drew me to it However, the back of the book says that it s a combination of personal narrative, reportage, and a sociological examination of violence and media What this really means is that this book is a combination of judgmental opinions that would be better off on Twitter, the true crime stories, and a grad school thesis someone decided should be published The beginning of the book opens at CrimeCon, and I personally attended the same one the author was at Yeah, fine, we re weirdos, but the intro makes it sound like the author didn t even want to go since it made her uncomfortable The author has to let everyone know that she didn t post on social media with the CrimeCon hashtag I guess so they we ll know she s not like other girls She continues on to talk about different people she met, and then the different options of activities she wasn t interested in Maybe I took it too personally because I was there, but it just seems strange to use the introduction of your book to alienate the exact people who will probably be reading it Then we go into the first and my final story in which the author gives her unsolicited negative opinions the women she s telling the story about The women spend their time making morbid dioramas dollhouses She talks about their lack of ambition, lack of control, etc Maybe these judgments are true, but I don t really feel like I need to be told that by a true crime book There s also some judgment about how these women spend their money, and they re put in juxtaposition to women who are becoming cops Just stop Women can do different things The author also lets us know that she used to want to be a cop, so once again we learn that the author is not like other girls I don t read true crime to hear someone s shitty opinion I read true crime to hear a story and learn something, and Savage Appetites does not provide that.

  5. Emma Eisenberg says:

    If I could give this book 6 stars, I would it is the book I have been waiting to read all my life 3Monroe asks the questions about gender, sex, power, violence, and technology that I have long been asking and gives the most satisfying answers I ve yet read Her prose is stylish and urgent and I flew through this in a night and a morning It is not trying to be a true crime book but rather meta true crime, analytic than narrative For those looking for such a text you won t be disappointed

  6. Kristy K says:

    While definitely interesting, this wasn t what I expected when I went into it This reads as a part memoir, part biography of women who obsessed over crime This will appeal to the niche of true crime lovers who are fascinated by those who take their devotion a step further I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.

  7. Chermaine says:

    I m finally glad to see a true crime book that talks about the complexities of people s interest in death and murder and all those things and even how many women aren t just some mindless creatures who decide to become Serial Killers groupies or decide to become murderers because some man told them to.It s extremely interesting in that it is satisfying to see that there are people who look at this and are horrified at the things that Humanity can do but ,they want to understand it maybe be to make themselves feel better, but often its just so they can do than prevent things from happening and to understand how it could happen in the first place.

  8. Mary says:

    Savage Appetites is a unique look at women s obsession with True Crime, and four women who took that obsession to an extreme level Writing with a journalistic prose, author Rachel Monroe has given the reader a fresh take on True Crime and fans will enjoy reading about these four cases.

  9. Cara EM Cara says:

    What draws so many into the gory, fearful world of true crime Rachel Monroe dissects one region within this popular phenomenon namely, the women who become obsessed with true crime Divided into 4 sections about 4 real life women, she discusses four archetypes women tend to fall into when obsessed with true crime, and their lives to perhaps explain why they fell so deeply.Monroe writes engagingly well, and the book feels like an intimate chat versus a nonfictional look at true crime of years past An interesting perspective on ssdgm

  10. Amy Morgan says:

    This is a book about 4 women and their obsession with true crime and the way that this obsession has impacted their lives From Frances Glessner Lee a rich old grandmother who became the mother of forensics, to a woman who completely embedded herself into Sharon Tate s family after moving into the cottage where Sharon was murdered, to the woman who married a man on death row and is still happily married to him years after his exoneration, to a lonely girl who ruined her life by being obsessed with the Columbine shooters I really wanted to give this book at least 4 stars maybe even 5 as I m a sucker for a true crime book and this one sounded very interesting and kind of unique in what it was covering The writing was great and the parts of the stories that were about the 4 women the book was supposed to be focused on were extremely interesting However my big problem with this book and the reason it s only getting 3 stars is because while I m sure the author is a fascinating person this book wasn t supposed to be about her At least not from what I gleaned by reading the description The author keeps taking you out of the stories of the people you are actually supposed to be reading about and keeps talking about herself and her experiences and that kind of ruined the mood for the story about the actual people that were the focus of the book If those parts were edited down this would definitely be a 5 star read.