Freed to Kill: The True Story of Larry Eyler

The GLBTRT has been reviewing books and movies in its newsletter since the early 1990s. Trace the evolution of queer publishing through these historic reviews. This review was originally published in Vol. 3, No 3 & 4 Spring/Summer 1991. 

Cover of Freed to Kill: The True Story of Larry EylerFreed to Kill: The True Story of Larry Eyler. By Gera Lind Kolarik. Chicago Review Press, 1990. Hardcover. $18.95. (ISBN 1-55652-092-1)

In the early 19805 the bodies of twenty-two young men were found along the highways of lllinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. In 1983 Larry Eyler was arrested in Indiana and brought to trial in lllinois. Convinced that Eyler’s constitutional rights had been abridged, a judge in Illinois ordered him released. Danny Bridges, aged fifteen years, became the twenty-third victim six months and two weeks later. Crime journalist Gera-Lind Kolarik covered the case and was instrumental in the investigations. Written in a facile reportorial style, the author chronicles the developing evidence and the subsequent trials. Recommended for true crime and larger gay collections.

Reviewed by David Streeter
Pomona Public Library
Pomona, California

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