Serial Killer or Serial Confessor?
Review by Kim Cantrell
Gerald Eugene Stano loved cars, loved the beach, but hated women. And as he cruised along the shores of Florida’s Daytona Beach, he was searching for prey.
Anna Flowers recounts the story of Stano in her 1993 true crime Blind Fury.
Unfortunately, Flowers fails to disclose that she is the mother of one of the Assistant District Attorneys who prosecuted Stano; which would have been an important factor for me in deciding to read this book. Too often I’ve found that books with links to police and prosectors are extremely biased. And, once again, the rule applies.
The failure to disclose aside, Flowers book is based predominately on public records.
Mundane. Dry. Impersonal. Those are the words I would use to describe it.
And yet the case of Gerald Stano is a case much debated and could have easily have made for a great true crime book.
You have a serial killer that is adopted. What’s his background? Flowers doesn’t bother delving into it, because (I’m guessing) the psychiatric Court records were sealed. (Click here for a rough sketch of Stano’s life before adoption)
Stano’s arresting officer James Gadberry argued that Stano was not a serial killer but a serial confessor. Did Flowers expand on this? Some, but very little and obviously begrudgingly.
There is no possible way that I’m going to recommend Blind Furyto my readers. It is a waste of time and money when you could be reading something that offers more than a standard newspaper article.
Updates on Gerald Eugne Stano:
Stano was executed in the Florida’s electric chair on March 23, 1998.
In 2007, an FBI lab report surfaced that stated Stano could not have been the source of the pubic hairs recovered from one of his victims’ body. Unfortunately, the Stano evidence was destroyed shortly after his execution.