Rites of Burial: The Horrific Account of a Sadistic Sex Killer by Tom Jackman
This work tells the true story of a serial killer whose crimes of murder and dismemberment shocked America. On March 29, 1988, Chris Bryson accepted a late-night ride in desolate downtown Kansas City, Missouri. A 22-year-old former male prostitute, Bryson thought he knew what to expect and played along, even agreeing to go into the man's house to "party". He was wrong. Beaten unconscious, then tied to a metal bed, "Bob" Berdella subjected his victim, Chris Bryson to four days of sexual torture before he managed to escape and inform the police. When detectives searched Berdella's home, they found human skulls, an envelope of teeth, hundreds of pictures of young men being raped and tortured and a partially decomposed head buried in the yard. Berdella later confessed to kidnapping six young men over a four year period, forcing them to endure torture and rape, then killing them, cutting up their bodies and putting the remains in bin liners to be taken away with the household rubbish. He was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.