Troy Cole is a retired homicide investigator from the
Kansas City Police Department (Missouri). He is the co-author of Rites Of Burial.
According to the book description, “This books
tells the gruesome true story of Robert Berdella, a serial killer while inhuman crimes of murder and dismemberment might have
served to inspire Jeffrey Dahmer
According to a reader of Rites of Burial “I picked this book up in a bargain bin. As I started to read it, I was quite shocked by
the graphic details and disturbing pictures in this book. Other reviewers have said this book is insensitive and biased. Although
I understand this point, I disagree. If you truly want to examine the depravity of serial murderers, you have to know the
details of their crimes to be able to understand the things of which these people are capable. In addition, other reviewers
have charged the authors with being homophobic. I did not find this to be the case. Rather, the authors did expose how the
homophobia of the KC police dept. affected their investigations and their handling of the victims and Berdella.
Unfortunately, the victims' families
are undoubtedly hurt by the openly graphic nature of this book. However, the pictures in this book provide faces to these
men IN pain and agony, which reinforces to the reader that they are PEOPLE, not just names. Of all the books I have read on
serial killers, this one portrays serial killers as the TRULY sick, evil, emotionless, empty, disgusting, depraved, sub-human
beings they are. It does not elevate them to the sensationalist, almost cult-hero iconoclastic status as do many books, movies,