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The gripping and gruesome true story of The Molalla Forest Killer, the worst serial killer in Oregon's history. Dayton Leroy Rogers lived a normal life during the day, but at night he revealed his true violent personality as he abducted women from the streets of Portland and tortured and murdered them in sadistic rituals. 8 pages of photos. The gripping and gruesome true story of The Molalla Forest Killer, the worst serial killer in Oregon's history. Dayton Leroy Rogers lived a normal life during the day, but at night he revealed his true violent personality as he abducted women from the streets of Portland and tortured and murdered them in sadistic rituals. 8 pages of photos.


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The gripping and gruesome true story of The Molalla Forest Killer, the worst serial killer in Oregon's history. Dayton Leroy Rogers lived a normal life during the day, but at night he revealed his true violent personality as he abducted women from the streets of Portland and tortured and murdered them in sadistic rituals. 8 pages of photos. The gripping and gruesome true story of The Molalla Forest Killer, the worst serial killer in Oregon's history. Dayton Leroy Rogers lived a normal life during the day, but at night he revealed his true violent personality as he abducted women from the streets of Portland and tortured and murdered them in sadistic rituals. 8 pages of photos.

30 review for Blood Lust: Portrait of a Serial Sex Killer

  1. 4 out of 5

    John

    Story - 4/5 Narration 4/5 Some people STILL surprise me with the things they do!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Eva Marie

    I've always been partial to King since the first book I read by him years ago so I wasn't very worried about "liking" this. I actually searched for, and hunted down, this book because I read a paragraph or two about Dayton Leroy Rogers in a different true crime book. He seemed fascinating just from those paragraphs so I started to look. Besides the few typos I only have one complaint. The thing is, I'm wondering is this would have been noticed by me if a friend hadn't mentioned it. After thinkin I've always been partial to King since the first book I read by him years ago so I wasn't very worried about "liking" this. I actually searched for, and hunted down, this book because I read a paragraph or two about Dayton Leroy Rogers in a different true crime book. He seemed fascinating just from those paragraphs so I started to look. Besides the few typos I only have one complaint. The thing is, I'm wondering is this would have been noticed by me if a friend hadn't mentioned it. After thinking on it for awhile, I think it would have so I'll mention it. The women were all prostitutes. Okay, the reader gets that real fast. I mean, to be brutally honest, the fact that they weren't college students is obvious by the mug shot phots included. But King felt the need to pine on and on and on about this fact. I get that the word 'prostitute' would be reiterated in a book of 352 pages. I get that the terms 'hooker', 'street walker' and the rest will probably be used. But to say "Then the trollop got into the car." and such things makes it a little over the top. These girls lost their lives and have families out there. Why not just say that the "dirty slut then hopped into the vehicle looking for fuck for a buck." I mean, seriously, it just wasn't needed and it was a turn-off. Other than that I have no problems with Blood Lust at all. King is a great t.c. author and his books read very fast because of his writing and the fact that he always writes about fascinating people.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Turner

    I'd never heard of Dayton Leroy Rogers until I started reading this book, which is surprising really, considering he's responsible for at least 7 murders and is currently sitting on Death Row at Oregon State Penitentiary. The book is well written with an abundance of detail. A little too much at times, as I often found my interest waning. I ended up skimming the last hundred pages or so. But if you enjoy true crime, this book is definitely worth reading. Not for the faint hearted though! A little e I'd never heard of Dayton Leroy Rogers until I started reading this book, which is surprising really, considering he's responsible for at least 7 murders and is currently sitting on Death Row at Oregon State Penitentiary. The book is well written with an abundance of detail. A little too much at times, as I often found my interest waning. I ended up skimming the last hundred pages or so. But if you enjoy true crime, this book is definitely worth reading. Not for the faint hearted though! A little extra about Jennifer Lisa Smith, the last known victim of Rogers. http://www.oregonlive.com/clackamasco... http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-nor...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    A 2.5 really... Dayton Leroy Rogers was one of the most prolific serial killers that Oregon had ever known. Eventually sentenced for 7 murders (and only after being caught in the act of killing his last victim, Jenny Smith) it seems highly unlikely that the bodies of Jenny and the others accidentally discovered by a hunter in the Molalla Forest were the only ones he had any involvement with. Raised in a large family with zealously religious parents and a violently abusive father, Rogers had alread A 2.5 really... Dayton Leroy Rogers was one of the most prolific serial killers that Oregon had ever known. Eventually sentenced for 7 murders (and only after being caught in the act of killing his last victim, Jenny Smith) it seems highly unlikely that the bodies of Jenny and the others accidentally discovered by a hunter in the Molalla Forest were the only ones he had any involvement with. Raised in a large family with zealously religious parents and a violently abusive father, Rogers had already developed a fetish for feet by adolescence, after peeping at his sisters and masturbating over their shoes. His favourite victims were prostitutes, and after picking them up and plying them with cartons of vodka and orange would drive them to the forest where he would tie them up and commence torturing them. Getting off on their pain and fear, this would last for hours before being horribly mutilated and killed, and left in the forest stripped of any trophies Rogers had taken a shine to. Changing his MO slightly for his last victim, Rogers killed Jenny Smith in a parking lot opposite a busy Denny's restaurant. While the many witnesses weren't able to save Jenny, they were able to chase him down and provide important eyewitness evidence that would see him arrested - at which point dozens more women came forward to tell of their own experiences at his hands over the years, which they'd managed to survive. As with many of these books, what was most clear to me was that Rogers would likely never have been caught if it hadn't been for his last, very public killing. Due to the fact that his victims were prostitutes and largely living transient lifestyles, they weren't often reported as missing until months after their disappearances, which then didn't rank highly on anyone's agenda due to their choice of employment. In fact, Detective Turner (who led on investigating the crimes) is actually portrayed within as someone unusual for actually giving a shit about what might have happened to them.  The book did a decent job of giving the facts of the case but felt a little tabloidy, and I'd have liked for the author to have thought about his choice of words at times. Describing Rogers' victims variously as whores, streetwalkers and trollops, and always noting whether they were attractive or pointing out a 'well-developed' corpse, I felt this was yet another dehumanising indignity served up to these poor women. In fact, considering that many of the surviving victims also hadn't come forward previously for fear of getting into trouble, more than anything this book really highlighted for me the need to think reasonably about women who sell their bodies for whatever reason. Their continued criminalisation doesn't seem to really protect anyone, other than the johns who abuse them without fear of reprisal, knowing they will never be reported.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    This is the story of Dayton Leroy Rogers and the horrific serial killings of women in the Portland OR area. A very engrossing book, though the language does get a bit florid at times.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kace | The Booknerd

    For the past few days, I've been into true crime/murder/serial killings - binge. I found it quietly fascinating and at the same time sickening. Fascinating because I was so amazed by the author's ability to tell the story factually as if they were right there. Fascinating for how it always make my mind works and my imagination flies whenever I read detectives/police/investigators gathered all the evidences that will help them find the killers and eventually leads to the killers prosecution. I wa For the past few days, I've been into true crime/murder/serial killings - binge. I found it quietly fascinating and at the same time sickening. Fascinating because I was so amazed by the author's ability to tell the story factually as if they were right there. Fascinating for how it always make my mind works and my imagination flies whenever I read detectives/police/investigators gathered all the evidences that will help them find the killers and eventually leads to the killers prosecution. I was appalled and sickened that some people could do these horrible, horrifying things to others. How could they torture and inflict horrendous pain and suffering on their victims and actually enjoyed doing so. Blood Lust: Portrait of a Serial Killer was about the man who loved to torture and kill women - Dayton Leroy Rogers, a brutal fetishist who loved torturing women by tying them, threatening them, sexually assaulting them and then eventually murdering them; while being thrilled and pleasured by their horrendous pain, terror and mutilation. No one knew about his vicious and murderous activities at night. No one suspected Dayton, a highly skilled intelligent and respectable businessman with a loving wife and son was capable of assaulting and murdering women on the streets. Not until he slashed to death his last victim in plain view. Witnesses were interviewed and Dayton was arrested. While the investigation was on going, a hunter accidentally stumbled into the graves of other women in the forest, and as the police gathered the evidence, they realized that their suspect, Dayton Rogers might also be responsible for these shocking and horrifying crime. This is my first book by the author, and I liked it. I liked the way he narrated the story. It was well researched and well written. Through interviews with investigators, witnesses, victims - the author was able to reconstruct the crime and gave the readers a chilling detailed account of what happened in the summer of 1987. The author also gave the readers an insight regarding Rogers' childhood and background. Another thing I liked in this book were the investigators involved particularly that Det. Turner. I love dhow determined and dedicated he was; and how he equally gave importance to each and every victim regardless of their background or walks of life. His steely determination to bring justice to the victims has paid off when Dayton Leroy Rogers was sentenced to death.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Kernene

    Dayton Leroy Rogers killed at least 7 women, probably several more. He is a predatory sexual sadist serial killer. This book talks about his heinous crimes and the known victims. In this book, the victims become real people, not just prostitutes as talked about by the defense. They were real people, with families that loved them. This author does a great job in focusing on the victims and the search for justice for these victims. It is well written and well researched. This author, Gary King, is Dayton Leroy Rogers killed at least 7 women, probably several more. He is a predatory sexual sadist serial killer. This book talks about his heinous crimes and the known victims. In this book, the victims become real people, not just prostitutes as talked about by the defense. They were real people, with families that loved them. This author does a great job in focusing on the victims and the search for justice for these victims. It is well written and well researched. This author, Gary King, is one of my favorite authors. For me, he has a way of making it all come to life, not just words on the page. I highly recommend this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Susan Stec

    A very intense, no holds barred look into the life and conviction of a serial murderer. Like all of King's books, its detail oriented format allows the reader to feel part of the investigation. Blood Lust is a true story, and that only intensifies the visually-graphic, gritty-content that instills a fight or flight shudder factor as Gary King gives a large dose of reality. A very intense, no holds barred look into the life and conviction of a serial murderer. Like all of King's books, its detail oriented format allows the reader to feel part of the investigation. Blood Lust is a true story, and that only intensifies the visually-graphic, gritty-content that instills a fight or flight shudder factor as Gary King gives a large dose of reality.

  9. 4 out of 5

    ♥ Marlene♥

    My first book I read in English. Glad I chose this book cause since then I practically only read English books.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I'm always game for a cheesy true crime book, but the story in this one just isn't very compelling.... I might go back to it some later day when I'm bored. I'm always game for a cheesy true crime book, but the story in this one just isn't very compelling.... I might go back to it some later day when I'm bored.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rita

    This book is all about the facts but no details on the victim's and their families so I did not enjoy it or recommend reading this book. This book is all about the facts but no details on the victim's and their families so I did not enjoy it or recommend reading this book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Miz

    This was an interesting true crime, but like many true crime books from the late 80s/early 90s, it was poorly excuted (unlike Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders!!). The prose of novelists from this genre has changed so significantly - no "whores" or "trollops" - and it's noticable in this adaptation. Didn't capture my attention. This was an interesting true crime, but like many true crime books from the late 80s/early 90s, it was poorly excuted (unlike Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders!!). The prose of novelists from this genre has changed so significantly - no "whores" or "trollops" - and it's noticable in this adaptation. Didn't capture my attention.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ronnie Cramer

    Another good true crime book by Gary C. King, this time with more sexual content than usual. Months of legal wrangling were dealt with succinctly at the end of the book; I appreciated this approach because it is very common for authors to re-tell the entire story during the trial section.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    This is a well organized, thorough description of this case and as much as is known about Dayton Rogers. Unfortunately, Rogers refuses to talk, so little is known about what all he actually did and what motivates him. What is known comes from survivors of his extraordinarily evil acts. Dan Orders managed to read the words, most (but not all) of them correctly. He consistently mispronounced some words. He did make an attempt to distinguish dialog with unique voicing, but it sounded forced and awk This is a well organized, thorough description of this case and as much as is known about Dayton Rogers. Unfortunately, Rogers refuses to talk, so little is known about what all he actually did and what motivates him. What is known comes from survivors of his extraordinarily evil acts. Dan Orders managed to read the words, most (but not all) of them correctly. He consistently mispronounced some words. He did make an attempt to distinguish dialog with unique voicing, but it sounded forced and awkward. His performance was barely adequate. NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rosie Rand

    I would strongly recommend this author educating themselves on the stigma regarding sex workers and the harm that it causes. Tactless and inappropriate terms were used when referring to street workers, and basic prejudices that I would expect from grade schoolers. The only empathy and humanizing components were when they were being quoted from other sources. This book was a disservice to all the victims. Cringeworthy.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Franquis Vegas

    I was about to start this one, but after looking at the reviews, and the clearly dehumanising language of the author towards the victims I think I'll give it a pass. I was about to start this one, but after looking at the reviews, and the clearly dehumanising language of the author towards the victims I think I'll give it a pass.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Andee

    Don't read this book in public. People WILL question why you are reading about serial sex murder while waiting for an oil change. Anyway, it was a decent read. The author is correct that THE FORREST KILLA makes for an interesting/entertaining story. 2 stars taken off for cover art which falsely claims, "8 pages of shocking photos." I failed to find the so-called shocking images. There were however 8 pages of Rogers' mugshot, Nissan truck, crime scene AFTER the bodies had been removed, a bone, an e Don't read this book in public. People WILL question why you are reading about serial sex murder while waiting for an oil change. Anyway, it was a decent read. The author is correct that THE FORREST KILLA makes for an interesting/entertaining story. 2 stars taken off for cover art which falsely claims, "8 pages of shocking photos." I failed to find the so-called shocking images. There were however 8 pages of Rogers' mugshot, Nissan truck, crime scene AFTER the bodies had been removed, a bone, an empty orange juice carton, mugshots of various victims VERY MUCH ALIVE, and the detectives who solved the case. The only shocking thing about this book was the comparison of Dayton Rogers to Ted Bundy. Don't compare any killer to Bundy. Bundy is the god of serial killers, and Rogers, like all other serial killers, must bow at his humbled feet--foot fetish or no foot fetish. And the lack of dead bodies. No corpse pics in a true crime get this a 3/5.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    I came to my rating, which for a true crime book, is extremely low, on the following factors: 1. King started by telling the story from the almost the ending, to the beginning, then the more grizzly details of discovery. Ann Rule has done this before, but not in this way, she doesn't ruin the intrigue, she builds to it. 2. King had the nerve to saw this guy was worse than Bundy, who was convicted, confessed and is suspected of murdering upwards of a hundred or more women (36/37 confirmed), everyda I came to my rating, which for a true crime book, is extremely low, on the following factors: 1. King started by telling the story from the almost the ending, to the beginning, then the more grizzly details of discovery. Ann Rule has done this before, but not in this way, she doesn't ruin the intrigue, she builds to it. 2. King had the nerve to saw this guy was worse than Bundy, who was convicted, confessed and is suspected of murdering upwards of a hundred or more women (36/37 confirmed), everyday women, not hookers who put themselves in danger by the "job" they do, and Green River Killer, but not once compared Rogers to Jack the Ripper, who went after prostitutes..one, I found out about this guy by reading this book, so he was a nobody compared to Bundy. 3. The one star is for the story itself, not anything by King.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Gatts

    I really liked this book. I only had one issue and that was with the author Gary King's portrayal of the victims as "street walkers",and other categorical names he used for them . I realize that he is most likely right about their illicit activities and lifestyles. However before they were "whores","streetwalkers", etc. they were most importantly daughters,sisters,mothers,to those close to them. With that outta the way I have picked up "Murder in Room 305" and can't wait to start that one. Mr. I really liked this book. I only had one issue and that was with the author Gary King's portrayal of the victims as "street walkers",and other categorical names he used for them . I realize that he is most likely right about their illicit activities and lifestyles. However before they were "whores","streetwalkers", etc. they were most importantly daughters,sisters,mothers,to those close to them. With that outta the way I have picked up "Murder in Room 305" and can't wait to start that one. Mr. Gary King you have a truly captivating style of writing that is just what I look for in my authors. Keep up the great work. I was not trying to criticize your obvious talent, but just offering a suggestion that is my honest opinion.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shad

    I read this book last year. It is a very easy read (as long as you can stomach the horrible things he did). It is definitely for an older audience and not for people who are unfamiliar with criminal behavior. I think it does a decent job of analyzing the investigative steps and circumstances that led to his capture, but it is written by a journalist and reads a bit more like a story than I like.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kipp Poe

    Disturbing look at a destroyer of lives A True Crime story that will leave you scared from reading it. An extremely disturbed individual who left a path of sorrow for the families of the women he met and destroyed. Gary C King gets the most out of his investigations and he don't hold anything back. The interviews the police had to do with the few women who got away and the others who knew the victims will leave you gasping with terror of what they went through. Disturbing look at a destroyer of lives A True Crime story that will leave you scared from reading it. An extremely disturbed individual who left a path of sorrow for the families of the women he met and destroyed. Gary C King gets the most out of his investigations and he don't hold anything back. The interviews the police had to do with the few women who got away and the others who knew the victims will leave you gasping with terror of what they went through.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shirley

    Usually when I get a book I want to read I read most if not all of it as soon as I get it. I reached page 51 yesterday and had to set it aside. The book has really got to me. I think I am going to have to read it in stages and will review when finished.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    This book is about serial killer Dayton Leroy Rogers. His rein of terror was from 1970 to 1989 around the Portland Oregon area. He murdered eight people and dumped many of the bodies in the Molalla Forest. The story is very well written by Gary C. King.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Chris Minnick

    The writing is not the best, but a good story about solid police work.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dootje

    A chilling story of one of the monsters that walk among us.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sage V Alford

    I was unable to finish this book because of the author's writing style. I just couldn't connect with the text enough to remain interested in the story. I was unable to finish this book because of the author's writing style. I just couldn't connect with the text enough to remain interested in the story.

  27. 5 out of 5

    April Meyer

    Chilling Excellent, very well written and researched. This story was one that I had not heard of. A true serial killer at his worst.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Breia

    What a sick POS. Not sure what that says about me when I can't get enough of their fascinating lives. What a sick POS. Not sure what that says about me when I can't get enough of their fascinating lives.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    Brutal, horrifying and fascinating. I enjoy true crime, I guess it's a morbid fascination with the psychosis of murderers. This one is not for the faint of heart or the sensitive reader. Brutal, horrifying and fascinating. I enjoy true crime, I guess it's a morbid fascination with the psychosis of murderers. This one is not for the faint of heart or the sensitive reader.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shawn

    Yes, I've been known to read some the true crime books my hubby used to buy. Yes, I've been known to read some the true crime books my hubby used to buy.

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