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All His Father's Sins
Lt. Ray Biondi  More Info
Dracula Killer: Dracula Killer
Biondi  More Info

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The Explosive Ordnance Detail (EOD), also known as the Bomb Squad, handles a variety of calls for service that deal with the following; Improvised Explosive Devices, Military Ordnance, Commercial Explosives, Suspicious Items & Packages, Illegal Fireworks, Post Blast Investigations, Dignitary Protection and training for Patrol Officers and Citizen Groups.




Lieutenant Ray Biondi retired from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department as Lieutenant.  During his career he headed up the homicide bureau.  He is the author of two crime books: All his father's sins: The trail of terrifying horror that led to Gerald & Charlene Gallego and Dracula Killer. 

Publisher’s Weekly said of Dracula Killer, “when he graduated to murder, he not only shot his victims but sexually mutilated them. Former Sacramento homicide detective Biondi supplies inside information on the investigation, such as a television crew's discovery of evidence overlooked by police. In addition, he and Hecox produce crime bulletins issued by police and the surprisingly accurate psychological profile detectives prepared of the killer. Luck combined with old-fashioned detective work flushed out Chase, who initially would admit only to killing dogs. But Chase told a fellow prisoner that he drank victims' blood, and after he took the stand in his own defense, jurors decided not to find him insane.”

One reader of  Dracula Killer said, “I was doing a research project for school when I stumbled upon Richard Trenton Chase. I read the reports of his crimes and assumed him to be Schizophrenic. Most people would look at his acts as disgusting, but I can totally understand the logic behind his reasoning’s which drove him to kill. I think the book could’ve been written better, but as far as Richard himself, people shouldn’t look at him as a murderer, but more as a victim. His whole life he was scared and there was never a time when he wasn’t paranoid. He took his own life because he couldn’t handle it anymore. If you’re interested in psychology or criminology then this might be a good book for you to read.”

According to the book description of All His Father's Sins, “Gerald Gallego was the son of a convicted killer. Charlene Williams was the daughter of an affluent California family. Somehow, Williams fell under Gallego's spell, and in her fanatical desire to please him, became his willing accomplice in ten gruesome murders.”

One reader of All His Father's Sins said, “This chilling 218-page true crime book is fast-paced, well-written, and shocking. One probably could read it in one sitting. Although the murdering couple featured in this book lived in Sacramento in the late 1970s and early 1980s (only 45 minutes from where I grew up around the same time), I had never heard of them or their crimes until I found this book. That is surprising because their crime spree was coldly calculated and incredibly gruesome. Lt. Ray Biondi, who investigated a fraction of their crimes (they had murdered 10 people in several states), tells their deadly tale mostly from the point of view of accomplice Charlene Williams. Charlene went along with and assisted her boyfriend/husband's sordid fantasies of kidnap, rape and murder so she could remain her macho man's main girl. What is scary about this story is how easily Charlene led the young girls to their doom. Biondi includes information on the investigation (other suspects, evidence, etc.), but not as much as I anticipated. Only ten pages is devoted to the trials. One interesting part of the author's story was how Biondi rushed through the bureaucratic maze of San Quentin to send Gerald Gallego to trial in Nevada before the California Supreme Court issued a stay of release (only to have Gallego claim they were kidnapping HIM). I do not buy the idea that Gallego's murdering skills were passed down from his father (if that is what the author means by the title). His father was executed for killing a police officer. Biondi includes a few quotes from Gallego's father regarding the murder. Although they probably shared the same misogynist views, Gerald Gallego seemed to develop a style a murder all his own. Gallego's father was on death row before Gerald turned ten and, according to the book, Gerald did not even know of his father's execution until years after the fact. The book includes a middle section of photos and has a brief epilogue updating the story to 1997.”

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