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Michael Durwood Griffith was a career law enforcement officer with a terrible secret: he was a woman-hating sociopath who harbored an urge to rape, torture, and degrade. Then, in 1994, he began a two-week crime spree of robbery, sexual assault, and murder. Here is the chilling true story of this killer who lurked behind the badge of a lawman--until he became the only ex-la Michael Durwood Griffith was a career law enforcement officer with a terrible secret: he was a woman-hating sociopath who harbored an urge to rape, torture, and degrade. Then, in 1994, he began a two-week crime spree of robbery, sexual assault, and murder. Here is the chilling true story of this killer who lurked behind the badge of a lawman--until he became the only ex-law enforcement officer on Death Row. Photo insert.


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Michael Durwood Griffith was a career law enforcement officer with a terrible secret: he was a woman-hating sociopath who harbored an urge to rape, torture, and degrade. Then, in 1994, he began a two-week crime spree of robbery, sexual assault, and murder. Here is the chilling true story of this killer who lurked behind the badge of a lawman--until he became the only ex-la Michael Durwood Griffith was a career law enforcement officer with a terrible secret: he was a woman-hating sociopath who harbored an urge to rape, torture, and degrade. Then, in 1994, he began a two-week crime spree of robbery, sexual assault, and murder. Here is the chilling true story of this killer who lurked behind the badge of a lawman--until he became the only ex-law enforcement officer on Death Row. Photo insert.

36 review for Shop of Horrors

  1. 4 out of 5

    Eva Marie

    I can't remember if I've ever read any other t.c.'s by Cox but I wish I would have checked. I was continually surprised at how redundant the author was. The reader is told things over and over a number of times. Sometimes this works and sometimes it's even needed but that's rare and that's not the case here. All of the repeated information was meaningless. So and so worked here and drove a red car during this during that time. (That is NOT a quote - it's an example of the KIND of detail that was I can't remember if I've ever read any other t.c.'s by Cox but I wish I would have checked. I was continually surprised at how redundant the author was. The reader is told things over and over a number of times. Sometimes this works and sometimes it's even needed but that's rare and that's not the case here. All of the repeated information was meaningless. So and so worked here and drove a red car during this during that time. (That is NOT a quote - it's an example of the KIND of detail that was often repeated.) I lost a couple of notes I wanted to comment on but there are a few things I don't understand. One is that if Winn Chen's testimony wasn't going to be given in the book, like everyone else's was, why was a transcript given at least? It was a major black hole in the middle of the story. The testimony from one of the women Griffith raped and assaulted just totally omitted from the story? Yet the others all included? No reason given for the omission? Another thing I didn't like was how the prosecutors arguments were written. I feel Cox should have toned them down. It's said in the book how lively O'Brien often is/was with his opening and closing arguments but it just doesn't translate into writing. It was hard to read and so very annoying. Luckily for me that didn't last longer than I could stand. On a side-note, I'm appalled at how easily these women trust. I could have thrown up each time I read about this one or that who brought their own young children around this man. Why do women automatically assume a man is okay? I'd rather assume he's not okay and have myself and my daughter safe. The women Griffith assaulted were in no way connected to Griffith other than a customer/business relationship. It's the women who were intimately involved with Griffith that I don't understand. I could met a guy at church tomorrow and he still wouldn't be trusted around my child for a very, very long time. Until I knew, as much as humanly possible, that she'd be safe around him. Yet these women meet men like this in strip clubs, in parking lots and in stores and go to motels with them and bring their children. People need to wake the hell up. I wonder how many murders wouldn't happen is people simply opened their eyes.

  2. 4 out of 5

    ♥ Marlene♥

    On Sunday February 1th 2004 I wrote: I have finished this book. It was quit disappointing.I expected much more of this book .Maybe I did not like it because I have read to much True crime? Hmm I don't know but why didn't i like it? Well.It was boring for me,although i felt terrible for the victims in this book, as i always do. You read about the crime, how it's committed, he gets caught and then a long trial part in the book.Maybe i prefer to read more how a criminal gets to that point? or maybe On Sunday February 1th 2004 I wrote: I have finished this book. It was quit disappointing.I expected much more of this book .Maybe I did not like it because I have read to much True crime? Hmm I don't know but why didn't i like it? Well.It was boring for me,although i felt terrible for the victims in this book, as i always do. You read about the crime, how it's committed, he gets caught and then a long trial part in the book.Maybe i prefer to read more how a criminal gets to that point? or maybe i expected more? I am not sure.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bri Reamer

    How the author managed to make this book 300 pages long is beyond me. The crimes are MAYBE 1/3 of the book and the rest is basically the trial. The author goes into lengthy detail of Griffith's life, and then goes into the exact same detail again during the trial portion of the book. The trial portion was so dragged out, he basically quoted the entire trial instead of summarizing it like most authors do. I wanted to like this book but overall I just didn't. Don't waste your time with this one. How the author managed to make this book 300 pages long is beyond me. The crimes are MAYBE 1/3 of the book and the rest is basically the trial. The author goes into lengthy detail of Griffith's life, and then goes into the exact same detail again during the trial portion of the book. The trial portion was so dragged out, he basically quoted the entire trial instead of summarizing it like most authors do. I wanted to like this book but overall I just didn't. Don't waste your time with this one.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Valerity (Val)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

  6. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

  7. 5 out of 5

    Vennie

  8. 5 out of 5

    Pat Murphy

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Phillips

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ronnie Cramer

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shirley

  13. 5 out of 5

    Diane

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brian

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cesar Olvera

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cass

  17. 5 out of 5

    Andie

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Cunningham

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jacki

  20. 4 out of 5

    What's in a name

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

  22. 4 out of 5

    Love

  23. 4 out of 5

    Robbie

  24. 5 out of 5

    Karylan Frazier

  25. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Ramirez

  26. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katrin

  28. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

  29. 5 out of 5

    David Campbell

  30. 5 out of 5

    Heather Wilson

  31. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Bryant

  32. 5 out of 5

    Aimee

  33. 5 out of 5

    Michelle See

  34. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

  35. 5 out of 5

    Brian Bucek

  36. 4 out of 5

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