The Man in the Monster: An Intimate Portrait of a Serial Killer

The Man in the Monster An Intimate Portrait of a Serial Killer An astonishing portrait of a murderer and his complex relationship with a crusading journalistMichael Ross was a serial killer who raped and murdered eight young women between and and sever

  • Title: The Man in the Monster: An Intimate Portrait of a Serial Killer
  • Author: Martha Elliott
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  • An astonishing portrait of a murderer and his complex relationship with a crusading journalistMichael Ross was a serial killer who raped and murdered eight young women between 1981 and 1984, and several years ago the state of Connecticut put him to death His crimes were horrific, and he paid the ultimate price for them.When journalist Martha Elliott first heard of Ross, sAn astonishing portrait of a murderer and his complex relationship with a crusading journalistMichael Ross was a serial killer who raped and murdered eight young women between 1981 and 1984, and several years ago the state of Connecticut put him to death His crimes were horrific, and he paid the ultimate price for them.When journalist Martha Elliott first heard of Ross, she learned what the world knew of him that he had been a master at hiding in plain sight Elliott, a staunch critic of the death penalty, was drawn to the case when the Connecticut Supreme Court overturned Ross s six death sentences Rather than fight for his life, Ross requested that he be executed because he didn t want the families of his victims to suffer through a new trial Elliott was intrigued and sought an interview The two began a weekly conversation that developed into an odd form of friendship that lasted over a decade, until Ross s last moments on earth.Over the course of his twenty years in prison, Ross had come to embrace faith for the first time in his life He had also undergone extensive medical treatment The Michael Ross whom Elliott knew seemed to be a different man from the monster who was capable of such heinous crimes This Michael Ross made it his mission to share his story with Elliott in the hopes that it would save lives He was her partner in unlocking the mystery of his own evil.In The Man in the Monster, Martha Elliott gives us a groundbreaking look into the life and motivation of a serial killer Drawing on a decade of conversations and letters between Ross and the author, readers are given an in depth view of a killer s innermost thoughts and secrets, revealing the human face of a monster without ignoring the horrors of his crimes Elliott takes us deep into a world of court hearings, tomblike prisons, lawyers hell bent to kill or to save and families ravaged by love and hate This is the personal story of a journalist who came to know herself in ways she could never have imagined when she opened the notebook for that first interview.Praise for The Man in the Monster Elliott s harrowing story pulls off something brilliant and new Elliott peered into the mind of a serial killer by becoming his friend A narrative that is riveting, honest, and devastating Jack Hitt, author of Bunch of Amateurs A Search for the American Character Martha Elliott takes us inside the mind of serial killer and rapist Michael Ross Elliott spent ten years getting to know the man behind the monster, and the pace of her book is as fast and merciless as a thriller Rebecca Tinsley, author of When the Stars Fall to Earth

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    1. Not a Impartial AccountThis is not a balanced account but that’s fair. The author is entitled to her beliefs and world view. Elliott carefully goes through the serial killer Michael Ross’s life and his crimes as well as his mental state and capacity. She also retells as much as is known about the crime committed on each of his many victims. This part of the book is excruciating to read however I respect that she did it. Each victim deserves to be accounted for along with their fear, and ofte [...]

    2. A book is meant to evoke an emotional reaction in the reader. This is what an author strives for, correct? Martha Elliott has succeeded. My emotional reaction is irritated. Elliott, a reporter at the beginning of following of this story, befriends convicted serial killer and rapist Michael Ross as he sits on death row fighting for the death penalty. She grapples with her own conscience and beliefs and offers a comprehensive overview of serial killing and death penalty cases. However, I found mys [...]

    3. This is a very strange book. It's really about the author and her friendship with a killer as much as it is about anything. Martha Elliott is no Truman Capote, that's for sure. And I kept feeling like she thought it an honor to become friends with someone so vile. I can't help feeling that she might have been a victim herself: of the charms and manipulation of a psychopath.

    4. This may well be the hardest review I have written. Not because I did not like the book or disagreed with something, but rather because my mind can't settle after finishing this story. I had never heard of Michael Ross before this book. So his stories, his victims, their families and the insight Martha Elliot provided was all new to me as I read and became immersed in this story. To say this book was horrifying, gripping, unsettling, etc. would not be adequate in explaining the complexity of emo [...]

    5. I was very interested in this topic since I had a cousin who was murdered by a serial killer back in 1981 who was subsequently executed in 2014. I thought this book would give me insight into why a person could do such a thing to others. Instead, the author, Martha Elliot, crossed all boundaries of professional journalism by becoming friends with the serial killer/rapist, and ultimately living a decade of her life for him -- trying to defend his horrific crimes (and coming to terms with her feel [...]

    6. Michael Ross, the subject of Martha Elliot's hybrid memoir/"I'll remember you" tale of friendship with a death row inmate, was convicted of raping and murdering 8 women from 1981 - 1984. These included adolescent girls.Martha Elliot befriended (if the reader is content to believe that friendship was all that was going on here) Michael Ross during her prestigious career as a journalist. While writing for the Tribune she decided to interview Ross about his guilt or innocence. For some reason, the [...]

    7. If you have watched any of my Booktuber videos, then you know that I have a fascination with serial killers FICTION killers mostly. However, I also read nonfiction of the same sort, with a desire to understand what brings this out in a person What causes someone to kill repeatedly?? Because of this desire to see the real person, I am very much against the death penalty! This book made me even more sure that, in my opinion and mine alone, we have no right to take someone's life The author tells t [...]

    8. Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group: The Penguin Press for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.It’s telling that midway through the first bit of this book – which I found to be about as imbalanced a portrayal of this subject as possible – I actually grabbed my phone to take a photo of my Kindle.My husband gave me a strange look, naturally and asked what I was doing.“Making sure I don’t forget this part. It made me so angry I’m afraid I’ll black it out due to rage.”Let m [...]

    9. "The Man in the Monster: An Intimate Portrait of a Serial Killer," by Martha Elliott, is not like other books about serial killers I've read. Most books about serial killers, at least the ones I've read, are breathy sensational accounts with lurid attention to gory detail. They're fast paced and voyeuristic, almost pornographic. They take delight in recounting the horrific details and speculating as to what awful parts of the killers' pasts caused them to do what they did."The Man in the Monster [...]

    10. I received this book through NetGalley from Penguin Group for an honest feedback.Martha, the author, had written the book exceptionally well for the readers to be engrossed when reading. The book is not only compelling and intresting but presented in a way that allows me to be submerged whenever I opened it. The psychological explanation that she decoded from different psychatrist and doctors to explain what sexual sadism is made me understand it much better.Martha intresting relationship with t [...]

    11. In the early 1980's, Michael Ross stalked, raped and killed eight women in Connecticut. In 2005, he was put to death by lethal injection, the last person to be executed in that state. In between, for the last ten years of his life, journalist Martha Elliott interviewed him through weekly phone calls, letters and in person to determine what made this man do these horrible acts.Ross was an intelligent person who graduated college and seemed ready to have a successful career. Instead, his compulsio [...]

    12. My positive thoughts on this book:1. It's well-written, and I appreciate how the narrative flows.2. It tackles a tough subject with tact and respect, in some ways. 3. I understand and respect that these stories need to be told. It's important to try to understand why people commit the crimes they do, and how early experiences can wire someone to commit heinous acts. It's not an easy undertaking, and in the style of In Cold Blood, or even Dead Man Walking, there are multiple voices that need to b [...]

    13. I’m sure this non-fiction book was a very personal and difficult one for the author to write. She befriended a serial killer and seeks to expose the man inside the monster. I’m not at all sure she accomplished that. It was very hard to determine whether anything this killer said or did was the truth or whether he was manipulating others, including the author. By the end of the book, I had little sympathy for this man.The main debate in the book is whether a killer who is mentally ill should [...]

    14. I received an advanced e-galley of this book through the Penguin Books First to Read Program. I did not know anything about Michael Ross before receiving this book, but I found his story very fascinating. Martha Elliott spent 10 years corresponding and meeting with Michael to learn why, after receiving a reprieve from the Connecticutt State Supreme Court, why he would voluntarily choose to be put to death for his heinous crimes. Her research and investigation into the history about the murders, [...]

    15. I had a had time with this book. It is well written and readable but I felt a tad duped by the end. I think people need to know at the beginning that the author's relationship with this death row inmate becomes very complicated. By the end, reading between the lines and her recollection of their last moments together suggests that this was more than just a friendship for this author. She spent incredible amounts of money, gave up such significant time and her children were exposed to the realiti [...]

    16. Many thanks to Penguin Group and Netgalley for the ARC. The first half of the book didn't annoy me nearly as much as the second half did. What bothers me is not the writing, which is decent, but the unreliable voice of the narrator and how this unreliability shapes the narrative. What makes Ms. Elliot's voice seem unreliable is that nowhere in this book does she acknowledge the possibility that someone diagnosed with a narcissistic personality disorder could possibly be using her or manipulating [...]

    17. I thought this Bol would be more about the killer but I became absorbed in why the author became so obsessed with him. It was fascinating and eerie all at the same time.

    18. This is a powerful book, I did not expect it to be as good as it turned out to be.The author does an excellent job of showing how someone can become friends with a serial killer. The author does an excellent job of showing the pain and suffering the victims went through and the families went through.The author is opposed to the death penalty but she never lectures the reader and she is quite understanding of the feelings of the families. If her account is truthful, and I have no reason to doubt [...]

    19. If you're interested in abnormal psychology, neurology, or capital punishment and the judicial system, this book is a really quick and interesting read. Elliott's way of writing is engaging, personal, yet also interestingly objective considering her profession as a journalist. I think the main overarching theme of this book is that things are never black and white. Our simplistic human brains like to categorize things and people into "good" / "bad" generalizations, but there are often so many th [...]

    20. While I found this book interesting, I feel like the author allowed herself to be manipulated. I wanted more of an insight into the mind of a serial killer and way less of his bullshit. It's almost like he wanted people to believe he was innocent and it wasn't him who raped and killed so many women well, okay, it was him but it was only a small evil part of him that he had no control over a monster that took over his mind.I'm also suspicious of his motives for voluntarily stopping the legal proc [...]

    21. I chose this book to read because hey, who is not interested in reading about serial killers? The story took place in Connecticut, the state I grew up in, as well as the author Martha Elliott. I am glad that before reading this book I did not or do not recall hearing about this case. I was able to read it with a complete open mind not previously exposed to media reports of this case. However, before choosing this book to read I was a little skeptical starting the book. I was worried since the au [...]

    22. There were parts of the book that annoyed me. Like when the author became repetitive in her mantra that he was a man and the person that committed the act was a monster. That the killer was mentally ill. I did find the description of the execution scene very harrowing. Reminded me a lot of Dead Man Walking. I don't know how I feel about the killer as a monster or a man. I think both of those things can exist in a human being.

    23. Every couple of weeks, I pick up a true crime novel. I'm the woman that loves Law & Order, Snapped, and CSI; so true crime novels are something I read. I picked this one up knowing that it wasn't exactly in the same vein of the other books that I've read. This novel was written by a journalist who interviewed a prisoner on death row, and that interview later led to a 10 year friendship. That alone, caught my attention. So, I picked it up from the library.My problems with this book, had nothi [...]

    24. The author began this book when she was starting to do an article for a newspaper. 10 years later, continuing with at least once/week interviews & talk with Micheal Ross, serial killer who raped & killed 8 women ( 2 were 14 year old girls ) from 1981-1984. He was then on death row & found great joy talking to the author. This is one thing that disturbed me. He was obviously bored & willing to talk to most anyone but he trusted her I'm in no way an expert on any of his diagnoses o [...]

    25. Think of the worst thing you ever did in your life. Now imagine if everyone knew about it, and characterized you by it. Martha Elliott contacted serial murderer Michael Ross for an article in a journal about capital punishment, and ended up developing a ten year friendship with him. Ross committed eight rapes and strangulations of women he stalked, as well as molesting and raping other women. He claims he felt outside himself while doing these heinous crimes, and was horrified afterwards. The pr [...]

    26. To say that Michael Bruce Ross was a coward and evil man, would be a gross understatement—he was both, but he was also manipulative, slightly above average in intelligence, and greedy. He violently raped and killed eight innocent girls in the style and manner of a coward—he attacked slight victims from behind, using the element of surprise and his weight to pin the helpless victims to the ground where he violated them. In her book, “The Man in the Monster”, Martha Elliot attempts to illu [...]

    27. “It was the monster who raped and murdered, not Michael the man.”I received this book as part of the Penguin First to Read program for an honest review.Martha Elliott was a journalist who disagreed with the death penalty when she first heard of Michael Ross, a man on death row requesting to be put to death. She was asked to write an article on his perspective and ended up striking up a “friendship” with a man who killed and raped eight young women that would last twenty years until his e [...]

    28. I'll start with the good. Like the title claims, the Elliot presents an detailed description of the mind and experiences of Michael Ross, killer of 8 women. He is disturbed, damaged, and cruel. However, he is also sensitive, kind, and remorseful. (I would say suicidal.) She befriends the serial killer, speaking with him weekly, and sometimes daily, over the course of the ten years she writes about him. Elliot initially sought out contact with Ross when he offered to accept the death penalty and [...]

    29. It’s difficult to give this book ANY rating. I didn’t “like it” but it wasn’t “bad”. It was interesting. I feel guilty about my 3 star rating which is supposed to suggest I "liked" it. I suppose in doing so, I feel like I’m disrespecting the memory of his victims.You know how this “story” ends and you know the plot, the climax etc. before you begin to read it. So, why did I read it? For starters, my book club picked it, but I became intrigued to learn how/why someone would kn [...]

    30. Michael Ross was a serial killer who raped and murdered eight young women between 1981 and 1984, and several years ago the state of Connecticut put him to death. His crimes were horrific, and he paid the ultimate price for them.When journalist Martha Elliott first heard of Ross, she learned what the world knew of him— that he had been a master at hiding in plain sight. Elliott, a staunch critic of the death penalty, was drawn to the case when the Connecticut Supreme Court overturned Ross’s s [...]

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