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They thought about their evil fantasy for months. Then wound up like clockwork toys ... they acted. In April 1997, pretty, 22-year-old Jacine Gielinski stopped her car at a red light in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She had no idea that the two young men looking at her from the car next to hers would in that moment decide she would be their target for unspeakable horrors. They thought about their evil fantasy for months. Then wound up like clockwork toys ... they acted. In April 1997, pretty, 22-year-old Jacine Gielinski stopped her car at a red light in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She had no idea that the two young men looking at her from the car next to hers would in that moment decide she would be their target for unspeakable horrors. George Woldt and Lucas Salmon were an unlikely pair of best friends, much less killers. Woldt was a fast-talking, well-dressed ladies’ man who boasted of his sexual conquests. Salmon was deeply religious, and socially misfit, obsessed with losing his virginity. Woldt was the leader, Salmon his willing follower, but neither had been in serious trouble with the law. However, inspired by the cult movie, A Clockwork Orange, with its dystopian violence, they fantasized for months what it would be like to abduct, rape, torture and murder a woman. Then, aroused by watching ultra-violent pornography, they decided to act upon their evil thoughts. Revised and updated with a new afterword from the author, A CLOCKWORK MURDER recounts the steps that led to an unthinkable crime and its impact on a community, as well as the friends and especially the parents of an innocent young woman who paid with her life for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. From The True Crime Library Of New York Times Bestselling Author Steve Jackson


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They thought about their evil fantasy for months. Then wound up like clockwork toys ... they acted. In April 1997, pretty, 22-year-old Jacine Gielinski stopped her car at a red light in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She had no idea that the two young men looking at her from the car next to hers would in that moment decide she would be their target for unspeakable horrors. They thought about their evil fantasy for months. Then wound up like clockwork toys ... they acted. In April 1997, pretty, 22-year-old Jacine Gielinski stopped her car at a red light in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She had no idea that the two young men looking at her from the car next to hers would in that moment decide she would be their target for unspeakable horrors. George Woldt and Lucas Salmon were an unlikely pair of best friends, much less killers. Woldt was a fast-talking, well-dressed ladies’ man who boasted of his sexual conquests. Salmon was deeply religious, and socially misfit, obsessed with losing his virginity. Woldt was the leader, Salmon his willing follower, but neither had been in serious trouble with the law. However, inspired by the cult movie, A Clockwork Orange, with its dystopian violence, they fantasized for months what it would be like to abduct, rape, torture and murder a woman. Then, aroused by watching ultra-violent pornography, they decided to act upon their evil thoughts. Revised and updated with a new afterword from the author, A CLOCKWORK MURDER recounts the steps that led to an unthinkable crime and its impact on a community, as well as the friends and especially the parents of an innocent young woman who paid with her life for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. From The True Crime Library Of New York Times Bestselling Author Steve Jackson

30 review for A Clockwork Murder: The Night A Twisted Fantasy Became Demented Reality

  1. 4 out of 5

    Hirdesh

    3.5 stars. Review to come.

  2. 5 out of 5

    BAM The Bibliomaniac

    There is something seriously wrong with society True Crime Commemoration # 8 Setting: 1997 Colorado Anthony Burgess wrote a cult classic for the ages, A Clockwork Orange, in the 1960s to point out the dysfunction of society and the clueless reaction those in power have; to remind us that there is more to the "why" than the surface we treat. In 1971 Hollywood and Stanley Kubrick released the movie version. Kubrick added is perverted sexual overtones which amped the "ole ultraviolence." In 1997 the d There is something seriously wrong with society True Crime Commemoration # 8 Setting: 1997 Colorado Anthony Burgess wrote a cult classic for the ages, A Clockwork Orange, in the 1960s to point out the dysfunction of society and the clueless reaction those in power have; to remind us that there is more to the "why" than the surface we treat. In 1971 Hollywood and Stanley Kubrick released the movie version. Kubrick added is perverted sexual overtones which amped the "ole ultraviolence." In 1997 the dysfunctional friendship of Woldt and Salmon was influenced by this film. They watched it every chance they got. They developed a fantasy rooted in the rape and assault scenes so graphically portrayed on screen. "Perhaps, it would be a way to resolve Salmon's dilemma with his virginity." They cruised nightclubs, parks, parking lots. Until they finally found Her, the one for a little "in-out". What follows is an investigation into the minds and lives of these two codependent villains. There is a detailed confession from both perps, admitting they were "hunting someone" to rape and murder. Certain social groups could use this case as evidence that what we watch affects our choices. I disagree. These two pieces of scum were selfish, narcissistic, and already prone to violence. They just needed an excuse and a victim.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Blaine Pardoe

    Fair disclosure, the author is also one of my publishers. I paid for my copy of my book and no influence was applied for my review. WildBlue Press has been exploding as of late, releasing four or five true crime books in the last three weeks alone. I encourage you to go to their website and follow them on Facebook. They often offer books at discounts upon their release. If reading true crime is a guilty pleasure than I plead such your honor. I write true crime because I like reading true crime. I Fair disclosure, the author is also one of my publishers. I paid for my copy of my book and no influence was applied for my review. WildBlue Press has been exploding as of late, releasing four or five true crime books in the last three weeks alone. I encourage you to go to their website and follow them on Facebook. They often offer books at discounts upon their release. If reading true crime is a guilty pleasure than I plead such your honor. I write true crime because I like reading true crime. I like the gambit of topics too. This book caught my attention because Jackson wrote it and I liked his book Bogeyman. Jackson has peeled a page from Truman Capote in setting up this book’s flow. Most true crime stories are formulaic. There’s a brutal crime (or the body is found), then there is the background of the victim, the investigation, the arrest and profile of the killer, and justice is served. Some true crime books are like watching the Dukes of Hazzard that way. You know that at least one commercial break will be the General Lee mid-jump. The pattern is so embedded in most true crime books they can have a cookie cutter feeling. Steve Jackson tossed out that formula, much like Capote did with In Cold Blood. Instead Jackson takes us on a journey, starting with a pair of killers. One dominant and demented, the other just bizarre. They live in a world right next to our own, a dark one filled with blackened minds and souls. Whenever our world of light and theirs of the darkness touch, death often follows. Much like In Cold Blood, these men alone would not have been a risk to society. Together though, they became a single killer. The reader is drawn into their dark and depraved world twisted around the movie A Clockwork Orange. The way the killers play off of each other, feed each other’s strange fantasies, takes a long hard left down Highway Crazy. In doing so, Jackson builds a tension. You know a crime is coming…it is only a matter of time. When it does happen you are stunned as a reader by the quick resolution about 48% of the way through the book. How can that be? Where is the dogged investigation, the pursuit of leads and misdeeds? As an author I found myself wondering, “where is the author going to go from here?” Jackson subtly and slyly turns the case and his narrative on its edge. This is about the victim’s family and the gnarled and contentious death penalty. The trial is something that leaves even the most ardent law-lover hating the defense lawyers in this case. I refuse to ruin the book for you the reader. To do so would be a crime in and of itself. This is a wonderful and dark summer read not for the light of heart. It is a journey into the minds of two men who together become one killer. It is an unpaved roadway through the legal system and what the survivors of such crimes are forced to endure. A solid five out of five stars.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Another senseless murder Sometimes I truly hate defense attorneys and their star witnesses. The defense attorneys in this book stoop as low as any I've ever read about. Steve Jackson tells this heartbreaking story in great detail. And it is very heartbreaking. Totally senseless, as murder usually is. Jacine would have been a great asset to the world had she not had the bad misfortune to cross paths with these two sickos, who thought it might be fun to kidnap, rape, and murder a young woman. I wou Another senseless murder Sometimes I truly hate defense attorneys and their star witnesses. The defense attorneys in this book stoop as low as any I've ever read about. Steve Jackson tells this heartbreaking story in great detail. And it is very heartbreaking. Totally senseless, as murder usually is. Jacine would have been a great asset to the world had she not had the bad misfortune to cross paths with these two sickos, who thought it might be fun to kidnap, rape, and murder a young woman. I would have fully supported the death penalty for both these guys. God bless Jacine's family. I truly hope that she and her mom, wherever they are, are there together.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Eustacia Tan

    4.5 stars rounded up to 5 I managed to get the weekend off (not so much "get" as "was lucky to be given the weekend off") so I celebrated by finishing a book on Friday! Luckily for me I had a place to sit and read while my friends browsed BookOff and I tried to practice self-control(; A Clockwork Murder is a true-crime book about the murder of Jacine Gielinski. She was brutally raped and forced to hear her killers discuss how they would kill her before she finally died. It was a slow, painful dea 4.5 stars rounded up to 5 I managed to get the weekend off (not so much "get" as "was lucky to be given the weekend off") so I celebrated by finishing a book on Friday! Luckily for me I had a place to sit and read while my friends browsed BookOff and I tried to practice self-control(; A Clockwork Murder is a true-crime book about the murder of Jacine Gielinski. She was brutally raped and forced to hear her killers discuss how they would kill her before she finally died. It was a slow, painful death and the worst part is that she was randomly chosen. Thankfully, her killers were caught almost immediately and couldn't carry out any more crimes. Not thankfully, it took over 3 years before Jacine's parents got any closer because despite the fact that both of her killers confessed, their defence attorneys still tied the whole thing up in paperwork. And perhaps most despicably, tried to manipulate her parents into giving up. Both of them were found guilty but they did not get the death penalty in the end. And the relationship between the two killers was... really odd. Her killers were these two guys called Lucas Salmon and George Woldt and they had an extremely dysfunctional relationship. George was violent and sadistic since young, and though Lucas was his opposite and constantly humiliated by his 'friend', he still did all he could to keep in George's good graces. Overall, this was a really good read. There was one part where I thought the book was starting to lag (we were going into a bit too much detail about the lawyers for my taste) but it soon got back on the track and I found myself reading all the way to the end. Disclaimer: I got a free copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review. This review was first posted at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rae

    This book was a little redundant with convictions and consequences and rulings etc. etc. but overall, a great story. Kevin Pierce narrates the Audible.com version, which is the base reason as to why I bought it, but the story is a very gripping and heartbreaking. A solid 4 stars.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    A Clockwork Murder tells us all about the story and lifes of George Woldt and Lucas Salmon, two men who brutally raped and murdered a young woman who had a beautiful soul called Jacine Gielinski. It deals with Jacines life up to her brutal murder, and the impact she had on peoples lives. It also shines a light onto the lives of George Woldt and Lucas Salmon and their, lightly put, "odd" friendship in which George was the sadistic, brutal one and Lucas let him do whatever he pleased just to keep A Clockwork Murder tells us all about the story and lifes of George Woldt and Lucas Salmon, two men who brutally raped and murdered a young woman who had a beautiful soul called Jacine Gielinski. It deals with Jacines life up to her brutal murder, and the impact she had on peoples lives. It also shines a light onto the lives of George Woldt and Lucas Salmon and their, lightly put, "odd" friendship in which George was the sadistic, brutal one and Lucas let him do whatever he pleased just to keep their friendship alive. It tells us all about the aftermath of the murder as well as the lengthy court trial that followed the quick confession of the two killers. All in all, it was a very good read. The author did an amazing job at capturing all aspects and details concerning this horrifying crime and it's clear that he knows what he's talking about. Though I'm usually a very quick reader, especially when it comes to true crime books, it took me a while to finish this, simply because the details on the sickening friendship of the two men as well as everything leading up to and following the murder were just so horrific that it took me a while to stomach all that. So I'd definitely recommend this book to everyone, especially true crime bingers though not for the faint of stomach. I got a free copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Another dive into true crime…and having read and reviewed Steve Jackson’s Rough Trade, I anticipated a well-written exploration of something creepy In fact, I recall being surprised by the quality of Rough Trade (reviewed at https://littorallibrarian.wordpress.c...). So I was happy to receive an advance copy of Mr. Jackson’s “A Clockwork Murder" from Wild Blue Press and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Jackson’s approach differs from that of many TC authors, as he explained in the fore Another dive into true crime…and having read and reviewed Steve Jackson’s Rough Trade, I anticipated a well-written exploration of something creepy In fact, I recall being surprised by the quality of Rough Trade (reviewed at https://littorallibrarian.wordpress.c...). So I was happy to receive an advance copy of Mr. Jackson’s “A Clockwork Murder" from Wild Blue Press and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Jackson’s approach differs from that of many TC authors, as he explained in the foreword to Rough Trade: “It’s not the blood and gore, or sexual titillation, I’m looking for…I’m interested in the psychology and “ripple effect” of violent crime, and the back stories of the human beings involved: killers, victims, law enforcement, those involved in the justice system, and the community.” And wow, does he have a lot of material to work with in this exploration of two of the creepiest murderers ever, George Woldt and Lucas Salmon. These two friends shared a fascination with the movie A Clockwork Orange (hence the title), a movie from the 19070s that explores the theme of violence and 'ultra-violence', as it follows the actions of some guys who take joy in terrorizing others. Seen as an extreme example to those who are outcasts and do not feel self-empowered, it often reinforces the idea that people can do whatever they please, without regard to the repercussions.  These two weirdos met as teenagers. In high school, Woldt didn’t really stand out, being just another somewhat troubled teenager in a rough high school. He possessed the skill to be a charmer, especially face-to-face with females, although behind their backs he was known for saying they were all bitches good for only one thing: sex. Known for the screaming matches he would get into with his Korean mother, he was widely regarded by friends and associates as someone obsessed with very strange ideas fantasies, including the desire to commit rape and assault…which most saw who knew him saw as bluster. At one point he was married to Becky, who “tried to get him to go to counseling to deal with his anger, but he wouldn’t. Instead, she learned to do what he said or suffer the consequences. He was a master manipulator…” Lucas Salmon was also an odd guy, although from a more traditional family. Lucas was seen by many to be the victim of George’s control, and he “…envied George Woldt and wanted to be like him—have sex with women and not care what other people thought of him. And he especially wanted George to quit teasing him about being a virgin.” The book goes into gruesome detail about the night these two finally made their long-discussed fantasy come true, as they randomly chose a woman (a beautiful young athlete named Jacine), abducted her (in view of numerous witnesses), raped and tortured her, and murdered her, leaving her corpse under a van in a school parking lot. Being complete lunatics, they kept the bloody knife and the victim’s bloody sweatshirt in the car they used for the crime, parking it in front of their apartment (which they shared with George’s wife Bonnie) until the police showed up shortly after the witnesses had called in the license plate number of the car. I kept shaking my head at the crazy that leapt off every page. These two were bad enough, but Bonnie was also wacko: “Bonnie said she couldn’t understand why her husband didn’t come to her if he wanted to rape someone. She would have been more than willing to act out the fantasy…Bonnie had pouted that she thought she was prettier than Jacine and complained, “Why her and not me?”” Holy hell. There is a boatload of detail about the trials and the effect of the crime on the victim’s families, particularly Jacine’s mother and stepfather. There was so much that completely reinforced my already negative view of our system of “justice,” in this case emphasizing the way the system focuses on the plight of those on trial and ignores the victim(s). The reliance on “expert witnesses” was another source for my disgust, as various psychologists and psychiatrists trotted out theories and justifications, including “dependent personality disorder” for Lucas and the truly mind-boggling idea that as he was raping Jacine, George actually had the mindset that HE was the victim of sexual assault! (yeah, I told you – crazy). It is possibly the most horrific crime book I’ve read, partly due to the fact that the two perpetrators were totally matter-of-fact about the way they picked their victim completely at random (so perhaps it COULD happen to anyone), and how they confessed in great detail, down to the fact of their high-fiving one another after Jacine was finally dead. Ugh. Lots to ponder here, about the judicial system, death penalty, whether it is right for defense attorneys to do ANYTHING to avoid conviction, the rights of victims, etc. As I said about Rough Trade, this isn’t literature, nor is it meant to be. What it IS is quality True Crime, well written and researched. It’s definitely five star true crime, but be warned -- it is HORRIFIC.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    This is a true crime novel, and wow the emotions that i felt while reading this; anger, sadness, hatred, disgusted... The list continued. Two friends George Woldt and Lucas Salmon are total opposites, but they are the best of friends, after watching a Clockwork Orange they decide they are going to stalk, rape, and murder a young woman... Both say that at first it was just a joke but then quickly became real over time each blaming each other... As we will learn George has been fantasizing about thi This is a true crime novel, and wow the emotions that i felt while reading this; anger, sadness, hatred, disgusted... The list continued. Two friends George Woldt and Lucas Salmon are total opposites, but they are the best of friends, after watching a Clockwork Orange they decide they are going to stalk, rape, and murder a young woman... Both say that at first it was just a joke but then quickly became real over time each blaming each other... As we will learn George has been fantasizing about this for years, even before Lucas Salmon came into his life. He has tried in the past to recruit other friends to make this fantasy a reality. We learn about George and how he enjoy's violent, abusive sex.. he says the more they resit the better it is.. Finally after stalking woman (randomly chosen) for about a week, they come up to a stop light and in the car next to them is Jacine Gielinski, on her way to her boyfriends house for a late dinner. They decide together to follow her and that she is the one. As she is walking up to the gate to be buzzed into the complex, George walks up behind her and grabs her around the waist, and covers her mouth, then Lucas comes over and grabs her legs- they force her in the car. George is straddling her in the back punching her in the face... Meanwhile Jacine did mange to scream before they got her into the car, and witness caught sight of both George and Lucas,as well as the license plate number of the car they drove away in... Sadly none of the witnesses were able to get to Jacine in time before they drove off with her, they quickly called the police but time was not their friend. After driving away they found a nearby park that was secluded, took turns raping her. Then decided since she had seen their faces they had to kill her. Since they have never done this before it took them a long time to kill her and sadly Jacine suffered for a long time before finally dying. After they finished their "game" they high five one another, smoke a cigarette, and joked about how atlas Lucas isn't a virgin anymore. Then they went home to watch TV.... Once caught, they admitted to their guilt and were charged, the police and detectives as well as lawyers for Jacine's parents wanted death but you will see what pure evil is and how the justice system will fail you- to save to murder's life who didn't even consider the woman they killed as a person just as an object... But a panel of judges felt it was inhumane to put these two men to death... So now today in 2017 these two men are sitting in jail having 3 meals a day, and a bed... But Jacine's parents are trying everyday to live a normal as possible life, and keep Jacine's memory alive.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Violet Skye

    This one will make you stay up late ... This was a well written and easy to follow true crime book, it’s not my first by this author and I enjoyed it as much as I did the others. Although I will say if there was ever a perfect use for the kindle X-ray function, then true crime books with their mixed myriad of ‘cast members’ is most certainly it. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m getting a little older, as this crime was no worse than many others I’ve read, (and that’s not to say it wasn’t violent This one will make you stay up late ... This was a well written and easy to follow true crime book, it’s not my first by this author and I enjoyed it as much as I did the others. Although I will say if there was ever a perfect use for the kindle X-ray function, then true crime books with their mixed myriad of ‘cast members’ is most certainly it. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m getting a little older, as this crime was no worse than many others I’ve read, (and that’s not to say it wasn’t violent !) but I did find that the utter heartlessness these 2 meted out on poor Jacine really turned my stomach. However the way the defense lawyers acted (and a judge) made sure anything that wasn’t already turned was rolled over into all the rest. The problem with crime I’m becoming to believe is not the crime & the criminals, it’s the court and legal system that have become a show, a great big spectacle, and during the show the lies run amok, the jurors who are supposed to be able to give a rightful verdict have 95% of the facts withheld as it may penalize the defendant/s. It’s just a sad disgrace of a legal system. Sorry if I ranted, but I was reading this book and listening to the Serial podcast at the same time which made me realize that it’s not just 1 side or the other, both sides play dirty. So yes the books great, it’s pulled at my heart, it’s made me angry, it’s driven me to tears, it’s made me think about our laws and our courts. And if I could change one solitary thing, it would be this, for every trial where there is a victim who cannot be at court, for any reason, then a nice big color photo of them is put where everyone can see them, from the beginning of the trial until the very end, day on, day out, after all it is all about them, not the defendants, jurors need to be reminded of that every time they take their seats.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

        This book absolutely blew me away, the author has such a way to write about the God awful crimes that go on in this world with a shocking realism that will have you on the edge of your seat the whole time . Lets enter into the minds of George Woldt and Lucas Salmon two polar opposites but the best of friends . George the well dressed ladies man and Lucas the shy religious guy who is just following George around . Just hanging around watching the movie CLOCK WORK ORANGE and fantasizing how th     This book absolutely blew me away, the author has such a way to write about the God awful crimes that go on in this world with a shocking realism that will have you on the edge of your seat the whole time . Lets enter into the minds of George Woldt and Lucas Salmon two polar opposites but the best of friends . George the well dressed ladies man and Lucas the shy religious guy who is just following George around . Just hanging around watching the movie CLOCK WORK ORANGE and fantasizing how they could capture and rape a unsuspecting woman . That's what is was for a long time until the day that Jacine Gielinski drove by them . That's when they put their plan into place and what happens is so unspeakable and so horrific . It was hard to read what they did to her .      This story takes us on the rollercoaster ride of emotions . It shows us the unspeakable plans that were put in place by Woldt and Salmon and all the events up to their trial .  The legal proceeding alone will want to make you scream for justice . I strongly dislike defense attorneys . I know they are only doing their job but they like to drag things out in hopes that they will just drop the case. These two men are the epitome of evil . They do and use everything in their power to stall and upset the courts. To me Worldf is the ummm whats the word oh here organ grinder and Salmon is like his dancing monkey. Salmon knows its wrong but goes along with every Woldt says and does cause he doesn't want to upset Woldt . I wanted to stab them myself a few times . They just made me so angry.    My heart broke for Jacine's parents . The hell that they went through to see her killers come to justice was just heart breaking . They were harassed and pushed to the limits but they prevailed and saw the justice that was rightfully theirs .       Steve Jackson is one of the top writers of true crime . He brings the story alive and you are sucked in as soon as you start reading . You want to know how things went down and you want the criminals to be brought to justice .  He writes with such class and grace and when he is done you want to cheer for the victims and the lawyers that prosecute them . This book had me crying and actually swearing a little . I wanted vengeance so badly . Yes I know its a book but it is a true story , I had chills running up my spine but I couldn't put the book down . So if you like true crime and want a good summer read to finish off the summer check out A CLOCKWORK MURDER  by Steve Jackson . You will not be disappointed  

  12. 5 out of 5

    Debra Brownstein

    3.75 This book is actually a fast read but it took me a bit to collect my thoughts. I should preface this review with a heads up that I’ve read about fifteen true crime books since the beginning of 2019 and a couple in late December 2018. So, I’ve definitely come to my own conclusions on topics such as what shapes or leads people to commit terrible acts, how law enforcement agencies contribute to investigation and the criminal justice system over the years. I won’t bore you with my rants on those 3.75 This book is actually a fast read but it took me a bit to collect my thoughts. I should preface this review with a heads up that I’ve read about fifteen true crime books since the beginning of 2019 and a couple in late December 2018. So, I’ve definitely come to my own conclusions on topics such as what shapes or leads people to commit terrible acts, how law enforcement agencies contribute to investigation and the criminal justice system over the years. I won’t bore you with my rants on those but I will say that this book, especially when reporting on the actual crime itself and the effects on the victims and the loved ones left behind really hit me hard. The victim, Jacine, was IMO relegated to just an object by the time the trials began, and everyone agreed the two men were guilty. But what I find just as heinous as the crime itself is the circus the defense makes and that I and our communities are paying for these theatrics. I could never be a lawyer, I don’t have the temperament for it but I’ve come away from reading these with the overall impression that criminal defense lawyers are swarmy, manipulative people. I do recommend this book although it has its flaws because Jacine and her loved ones deserve to be acknowledged. Ok, I’ll get off my soapbox- forgive my long rant and the fact that I ended up not reviewing the book but blew off some steam.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Kernene

    This book recounts the horrific rape and murder of Jacine Gielinski and the trials of the suspects involved. The author recounts the life of Jacine up to her rape and murder, then the investigation into the crime, followed by the trials of the suspects, George Woldt and Lucas Salmon. The author was able to keep the real focus on Jacine and not the suspects. I was touched by the way the author was able to capture the situation of Jacine's parents and what they went through as the parents of a mur This book recounts the horrific rape and murder of Jacine Gielinski and the trials of the suspects involved. The author recounts the life of Jacine up to her rape and murder, then the investigation into the crime, followed by the trials of the suspects, George Woldt and Lucas Salmon. The author was able to keep the real focus on Jacine and not the suspects. I was touched by the way the author was able to capture the situation of Jacine's parents and what they went through as the parents of a murder victim. It changes your life completely. But Steve Jackson was able to capture that. I personally thank him for that. I find this book to be very well written with great research. The characters come to life and it is easy to identify with them or oppose them. If you like true crime, then this book is for you. It is fabulous!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bettye McKee

    Excellent treatment of a sensational murder case This is an incredibly tragic story of an innocent, unsuspecting young woman who was abducted, beaten, raped, tortured and murdered by two young men who thought it would be fun to rape and murder a woman. For weeks, they prowled the streets and neighborhoods of Colorado Springs looking for a victim. Despite a pages-long tour of Colorado Springs and some repetition, every available aspect of the crime and the arrest, trial and conviction is recounted Excellent treatment of a sensational murder case This is an incredibly tragic story of an innocent, unsuspecting young woman who was abducted, beaten, raped, tortured and murdered by two young men who thought it would be fun to rape and murder a woman. For weeks, they prowled the streets and neighborhoods of Colorado Springs looking for a victim. Despite a pages-long tour of Colorado Springs and some repetition, every available aspect of the crime and the arrest, trial and conviction is recounted in clear language. I had not heard of this case before, and I know my jaw was hanging open many times as I read the story. My thanks to Steve Jackson for his hard work in researching and presenting this case for his readers. 42

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elisabeth Brookshire

    A murder most fowl I watched the movie "A Clockwork Orange" over a dozen years ago and I felt dirty and disgusted watching women be gang raped all in the name of art. The book is pretty good because this is a case I've never crossed even in anthologies about dual killers. I can't believe these two boys would watch that crappy movie and decide to emulate it. Evil is everywhere, even if it's packaged in a smooth talking con man and his weak, Bible thumping partner in crime. To have morality, we mus A murder most fowl I watched the movie "A Clockwork Orange" over a dozen years ago and I felt dirty and disgusted watching women be gang raped all in the name of art. The book is pretty good because this is a case I've never crossed even in anthologies about dual killers. I can't believe these two boys would watch that crappy movie and decide to emulate it. Evil is everywhere, even if it's packaged in a smooth talking con man and his weak, Bible thumping partner in crime. To have morality, we must have evil in turn. These monsters snuffed the life out of a young woman with a bright future so it can be sad reading sometimes. Heartbreaking.

  16. 5 out of 5

    April

    A Clockwork Murder: The Night a Twisted Fantasy Became a Demented Reality : Steve Jackson This true crime book takes the listener inside the rape and murder of Jacine Gielinski in Colorado Springs in April 1997. George Woldt and Lucas Salmon confessed to the crimes. The book focus is mainly on the trials and if the death penalty would be sought. This is a chilling re-counting of those proceedings. The narration was well done. Kevin Pierce is fantastic with this genre. "I was given this free review c A Clockwork Murder: The Night a Twisted Fantasy Became a Demented Reality : Steve Jackson This true crime book takes the listener inside the rape and murder of Jacine Gielinski in Colorado Springs in April 1997. George Woldt and Lucas Salmon confessed to the crimes. The book focus is mainly on the trials and if the death penalty would be sought. This is a chilling re-counting of those proceedings. The narration was well done. Kevin Pierce is fantastic with this genre. "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    This is an extremely compelling, highly listenable true crime audiobook expertly narrated by Kevin Pierce. Steve Jackson is an outstanding true crime author, covering all sides and perspectives of the case with in-depth descriptions of the involved parties and events. I'm particularly pleased that he included the afterword to bring the case up to date and share some of his personal thoughts. NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joshua

    Review based on ARC from NetGalley: A Clockwork Murder details the murder of Jacine Geilinski by George Woldt and Lucas Salmon. Woldt and Salmon have very different upbringings and personalities which somehow mesh over repeated watchings of A Clockwork Orange and lead them to pool their talents in the rape and murder of Geilinski. This is a well researched true crime book which shows little bias - unless, of course, the two men were innocent as they individually claimed. The characters are well de Review based on ARC from NetGalley: A Clockwork Murder details the murder of Jacine Geilinski by George Woldt and Lucas Salmon. Woldt and Salmon have very different upbringings and personalities which somehow mesh over repeated watchings of A Clockwork Orange and lead them to pool their talents in the rape and murder of Geilinski. This is a well researched true crime book which shows little bias - unless, of course, the two men were innocent as they individually claimed. The characters are well described and both creepy in their own twisted way.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lee Husemann

    This is such a sad story about a beautiful young woman who was minding her own business when two misfits decided to kidnap, rape and murder her just for fun. Author Steve Jackson does a fantastic job detailing the courtroom proceedings and the trial. What made me so mad about this book was how the victim's parents were treated by the defense attorneys and how they dragged this case on and on. This is another great Steve Jackson book and I highly recommend it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ronnie Cramer

    A couple of social outcasts are inspired to rape and kill a young woman after repeated viewings of A CLOCKWORK ORANGE. The author has a tendency to repeat himself, but is admirably sympathetic to the victim and her family. It expands on his 2003 book PARTNERS IN EVIL.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jane Thompson

    True Crime Steve Jackson is one of the better writers of true crime. However, this book has many errors in it. My major objection, though, is that this recounting of a trial does not treat it objectively but definitely describes it from the point of view of the victim's family.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Hedden

    A Clickwork Murder by Steve Jackson was a good and sometimes terrifying read. This book was about a night that a twisted fantasy became reality. Two sick and twisted men thought about their twisted fantasy for months. In April of 1997, Jacine Gielinsku had a fatal interaction at a red light. This book was a good read about what drives people to evil.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kim Ramirez

    Steve Jackson does an excellent job re-telling this tragic demented story, and Kevin Pierce’s narration is outstanding!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Troy D

    Shocking and twisted Detailed read on the crimes that occur and the craziness that walks amongst us daily. Spend some time to be aware

  25. 4 out of 5

    Christine Michelle

    Very disturbing, well written

  26. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Well written Well written but the content was a bit too detailed and gruesome for me. A detailed account of a horrific crime.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lew

    Interesting. Brutal in areas. Never knew humans could be so cruel. Don't want to re-watch Clockwork Orange. Ever.

  28. 5 out of 5

    carol deminie

    good, not great if you like a lot of courtroom coverage in your true crime book, this one covers it well. I prefer more crime investigation but since these guys confessed there was none of that. overall a little too dry.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Clifford

    I love a true crime thriller and this one is no exception. George Woldt had a sick fantasy about raping and murdering a woman. A friend of his, Lucas Salmon, was manipulated by Woldt into helping him carry out that fantasy by raping and murdering Jacine Gielinski. The brutality of what they to her did is beyond belief. It took years to get a verdict as they were tried separately. Jacine's parents , Peggy and Bob wanted them to face the death penalty, again the lawyers did everything they could t I love a true crime thriller and this one is no exception. George Woldt had a sick fantasy about raping and murdering a woman. A friend of his, Lucas Salmon, was manipulated by Woldt into helping him carry out that fantasy by raping and murdering Jacine Gielinski. The brutality of what they to her did is beyond belief. It took years to get a verdict as they were tried separately. Jacine's parents , Peggy and Bob wanted them to face the death penalty, again the lawyers did everything they could to prolong the hearing in the hope that Peggy and Bob would be worn down and say enough is enough and let the accused have life imprison instead. Even though they were caught straight away and both gave statements of what they did to her, we learn how the justice system works in Colorado Springs, and how the lawyers use every tactic there is to try to get them off and of the mountain costs to the taxpayers throughout the hearings. If you enjoy true crime then I have no hesitation in recommending this book as one of the best I have read in a long while I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest and unbiased review

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lorna

    Very well written account of a brutal rape and murder back in '97 by two guys who were apparently inspired by Stanley Kubrick's vision of 'A Clockwork Orange'. It takes some inspiration from Truman Capote's 'In Cold Blood' in it's narrative form, trying to get into the heads of the perpetrators, telling the story from their point of view all the way up to the arrest. This happens halfway through the book, and as a reader, you do wonder what the other half has left to give. The answer is the cour Very well written account of a brutal rape and murder back in '97 by two guys who were apparently inspired by Stanley Kubrick's vision of 'A Clockwork Orange'. It takes some inspiration from Truman Capote's 'In Cold Blood' in it's narrative form, trying to get into the heads of the perpetrators, telling the story from their point of view all the way up to the arrest. This happens halfway through the book, and as a reader, you do wonder what the other half has left to give. The answer is the court proceedings, which although pretty essential to the story ( everybody needs to know if justice has been served) are not as interesting to me as getting into the heads of the killers. However, it will generate feelings of anger when you hear the levels that defence lawyers will stoop to try and protect their guilty clients. (And yes folks, there's no question as to whether these guys did it, they confessed) . Jackson focuses a lot on the fall out for the family of the victim, which I have to admit is usually lacking in a lot of true crime books, where the main focus lies with the criminals. Jackson wants to emphasise how losing someone they love can affect the people left behind when the loss occurs. Some would say that it is therefore a little unbalanced and therefore biased but I like that humanitarian touch, as the victims are usually the ones that get forgotten in the inevitable media storm that follows any horrific crime, whereas Jackson brings the focus back to who truly matters. A well written book which tackles the moral issues of the death sentence well. An option that would not be available, no matter the severity of the crime, here in the U.K and despite what these guys did, I;m still not convinced that it's completely justified. I'm still sitting on the fence when it comes to the ultimate punishment. After all, it's so final, and when do they ever get a chance to reflect on what they've done? To feel guilt? To accept responsibility? I don't know how long the queues are on death row but I know that guilt can literally eat you up inside and stewing in that can destroy you from the inside out no matter what happens to the shell of the body. Anyway enough of that moral dilemma! 4 stars. Would recommend, would read the author's other books. Can't say fairer than that!

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