Prolific author, playwright, bon vivant of the literary set, Hollywood insider. Everybody loved and trusted Jack Unterweger. Unfortunately, eleven women saw a different side to the charmed celebrity: a cold-blooded serial killer whose gift for manipulation was genius—pure and evil.
While serving a life sentence for the murder of a young girl, Jack Unterweger wrote seven books, saw his critically acclaimed autobiography made into a film, and became a cause celebre among influential Austrian literati who successfully campaigned for his release. Riding high on the fame, he arrived in Los Angeles where he nurtured his career as a journalist. Then, one by one, Hollywood prostitutes started turning up dead. Unterweger covered the story. There was a reason why his reporting of the crimes seemed so vivid.
With unprecedented access to Unterweger’s private papers, John Leake peels back the layers of deception to reveal the alarming story of an international celebrity—and reviled serial killer—and a lifetime of shocking twists no Hollywood screenwriter could have invented.
About the Author
John Leake received a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in philosophy from Boston University. After receiving a graduate school fellowship in Vienna, Leake lived in the city for nine years, working as an editor and translator and currently as a freelance writer. He has narrated documentaries on Jack Unterweger for A&E “Biography” and the Discovery Channel. Entering Hades: The Double Life of a Serial Killer is his first book.
Praise for Entering Hades A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
“A finely scrupulous account…Unterweger’s idiosyncrasies stand out even within the idiosyncratic world of serial killers. John Leake has written the definitive book—dispassionate, superbly detailed—on Jack Unterweger. Of its subject, no more now needs saying, beyond the words with which Leake ends his story, citing the wife of the Vienna detective who spent years unraveling the case: ‘Thank God, he’s dead.’”—The New York Times Book Review
“[A] fascinating book.”—Los Angeles Times
“A story…that is too wild even for fiction...a propulsive narrative that has the feel of a thriller.”—Philadelphia Inquirer
“This anatomy of an antihero describes a psychopath worthy of Patricia Highsmith's fiction—a Mr. Ripley with media savvy.”—Playboy
“One heart-stopping turn after another.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Entering Hades achieves a cinematic quality...But unlike Silence of the Lambs, Unterweger's story is real...compelling.”—Penthouse