Scott Shaw served 17 years with the Pocatello Police Department in Pocatello
(Idaho). He went on to become the chief of police for the Preston Police Department (Idaho).
He has two decades experience in criminal profiling and interrogation techniques; he developed the Investigative Protocol
for Sex Offence Investigations, currently used by numerous police departments. His
tenure as the chief of police, Preston Police Department, ended with his 2005 conviction on two felony counts. He pled guilty to using public money for personal purposes and then lying about it under oath.
Scott Shaw a the co-author of Eye of the Beast: The True Story of Serial Killer James Wood. According
to Publisher’s Weekly, “Convicted and sentenced to death in 1993 for the kidnapping and murder of an 11-year-old
Idaho girl, James Wood has been credited with at least 85 rapes, 185 robberies and dozens of murders. In this compelling if
incomplete report, Birmingham News writer Adams, forensic psychologist Brooks-Mueller and former Pocatello PD investigator
Shaw, who spearheaded the investigation, tell Wood's horrific story in straightforward language, evidently understanding that
sensationalism would lessen the impact.”
According to one reader of
Eye of the Beast: The True Story of Serial Killer James Wood, “This book chronicles some of the crimes
of James Wood. He was a sociopath made more dangerous because he was so compulsive. Woods had talent as an artist and most
of the time he was viewed as overly friendly. Too much so for some people that he met.
The real hero in the book was
Scott Shaw, who connected with Woods well enough to ultimately get a confession and closure on the case of Jeralee Underwood,
the 11 year old girl that was his last victim. Along the way, Shaw got confessions about another local rape that could have
easily had the same end result as the Underwood case. Woods also confessed to a rape and attempted murder of another teen
girl in the St. Louis area. He eventually solved more than 40 sex crimes and 180 armed robberies that were committed by Woods.
Scott Shaw got a close look at the very twisted mind of an unusual type of killer.
Shaw's perception was instrumental
when he linked the rape with the later murder and insisted the perpetrator was local, contradicting the profile by the F.B.I.
Some of James Wood's cousins broke the case with information that they provided to the police. This
book is researched thoroughly and it is hard to put this down once you start reading it.”