I was given a free copy of I, a Squealer to review on this site.
Book Review: I, a Squealer by Richard Bruns
I, a Squealer: The Insider’s Account of the Pied Piper of Tucson Murders
Published by Twin Feather Publishing
December 15, 2017 March 20, 2018
Genres: Autobiographies; True Crime
Source: Family member
From the book:
The manuscript for this book was written in 1967 by Richard Bruns, the man who blew the whistle on Charles Schmid, resulting in Schmid’s arrest and conviction for multiple murders in Tucson, Arizona. This is Richard’s account of what happened.
This isn’t a book of memories distorted after years of passing.
Rather, this was written over fifty years ago when Richard was
twenty years old and the events were fresh and vivid in his mind. Many books and articles have shared the Charles Schmid murder cases, but none have been from an insider.
I, a Squealer is a riveting true story of one man’s struggle to do the right thing. Richard Bruns takes the reader on an emotional journey as he faces his darkest fears to help police catch a killer – a killer he personally knows and knows well.
I can’t imagine knowing a real life killer, let alone being the only person who knows who and how he killed. It was quite the burden to bear for Richard, who experienced high levels of anxiety and insomnia and feared he would also be murdered.
In the end, Richard did the right thing and never regretted it.
I really enjoyed this book. It’s not often you have a true crime book written by someone who has first-hand knowledge of a crime other than the police, the killer himself, or a crime writer.
There are not a lot of pages like with some autobiographies, but for me, that’s just an added bonus. The shorter, the better! In addition, the book is an easy read.
I definitely recommend reading this book when it’s released in December 2017. As the date draws nearer, I will tweet about it on Twitter.