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Title: A Fever In The Heart

Authors Name: Ann Rule

Publisher: Time Warner

Date of publication: October 1996

Plot: The main idea of this book was writing a true-life story and analyzing how two famous serial killers, James Ruzicka and Carl Harp, had very similar lives. They were mirror images of each other. “A Fever In The Heart” by Ann Rule, started off with their important facts and events from their childhood to their adulthood. These two serial killers were so similar that they were bond to be together. They met in a jail cell and soon became allies. Some similarities they had were that they both had mothers that weren’t really considered an adult figure and they both didn’t have a love of a father. Other examples were that they were only a year a part; both started having sexual interests at a very young age (6 or 7). These common situations both brought them to killing women. Both had the capacity to be charming and can have a harmless appearance. They both shared an alias known as “Troy Asin.” James Ruzicka would catch women from the ages of 15 to their 20s by putting a sharp object around their neck and telling them that his brother had been shot by random people and that he needed help. He would then bring them to an abandoned place and then proceed to rape and kill them. Carl Harp was on a hill where you can see the view of interstate 405 freeway and started shooting random drivers. He also raped two hitchhikers threatening them that if they would not cooperate he would shoot them with his riffle. After that he let the girls go and in a couple of days later he was arrested and convicted for life in jail.

Main Characters:
James Ruzicka and Carl Harp – convicted serial killers and rapists of the 1970s

Table:
Evidence| Test Preformed| Results|
Fishing knife| Blood Testing | Same weapon used to kill the victim| White draperies| None| Proven Ruzicka had stolen it from his ex wife|...
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