Eye of the Beast: The True Story of Serial Killer James Wood

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In the summer of 1993, James Wood brought terror to the unassuming town of Pocatello, Idaho. Little did the friendly community realize it had opened its arms to serial killer. Wood, the stranger in town, was polite and soft-spoken. He looked quite ordinary—he was a master at appearing normal. In late June, Wood abducted and murdered Jeralee Underwood, the eleven-year-old daughter of a devout Morman familiy. The entire region was shocked and outraged. Now in Eye of the Beast author Terry Adams teams with lead investigator Scott Shaw and forensic psychologist Mary Brooks-Mueller to bring readers a unique perspective on this case. Shaw takes us into the heart of an exhaustive investigation, while Brooks-Mueller shows us the mind of a true sexual psychopath. Having spent years researching this case, the authors are skillful in recreating this true story about James Woods—one of the nation's most unusual serial killers. The case that rocked the Morman Church.

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Terry Adams is a regular contributor to the Review and Comment section of the Birmingham News. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area. Mary Brooks-Mueller, Ph.D., is a board-certified forensic examiner and the managing partner of Forensic Consultants LLP in Montana. She lives in Montana. Scott Shaw is the chief of police in Preston, Idaho. He lives in Idaho.

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"Jim, I need to know where that little girl is. I need to know."

"I can't tell you," Wood said, putting his elbows in his knees and resting his head in his hand.

"Can't or won't?"

"I can't," Wood said. "If I did, nobody would understand me. They wouldn't understand what I did."

"Jim," Shaw said, "I understand you. I'm not gonna judge you, I won't think any less of you. But I need to know what happened."

"If I tell you, you'll think I'm the scum of the earth," he said, beginning to sob. "You won't be nice to me anymore."

"Jim, she's dead, isn't she?"

Wood's hands were in his lap, clenched. He seemed to be making an effort to maintain his composure. He looked straight ahead and took a deep breath. He nodded.

"Jim, I already knew that. Why was it so hard to tell me what happened?"

"Because I'm evil," Wood said, staring up at the wall behind Shaw's desk. "Because I'm an evil monster and I'm an animal."

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