Erased by Marilee Strong


Based on five years of investigative reporting and research into forensic psychology and criminology, Erased presents an original profile of a widespread and previously unrecognized type of murder: not a "hot-blooded," spur-of-the-moment crime of passion, as domestic homicide is commonly viewed, but a cold-blooded, carefully planned and methodically executed form of "erasure." These crimes are often committed by men with no criminal record or his...

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Release DateMar 1st, 2008
GenreCrime, True Crime, Nonfiction, Mystery, Psychology, History

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  • Veronica
    For anyone who read Ablow's book about Scott Peterson and thought, "No, that's not quite right...," Marilee Strong has the answer. I was telling a friend about the book, and she said, "It's like a perfect storm of psychiatric conditions." That about sums it up.Marilee Strong talks about many cases of men killing their wives, girlfriends and significant others, beginning with Chester Gillette, who murdered his pregnant girlfriend in 1906. She cite...
  • Julie
    Very good read and very disturbing. A couple of cases came to mind that developed after this book was published are Josh Powell & Drew Peterson. I don't think much has changed in law enforcement and the way we view "circumsantial evidence". Interestingly enough with the Casey Anthony trial (who happens to fit the "eraser" profile even though she is female and the victim was her child) we just saw first hand how the law is twisted and misunderstoo...
  • Sandy
    Oh, where to start. Looking at all the glowing reviews of this book, I feel like I must have been reading an entirely different book. The only negative reviews seem to say that they couldn't make it through the book. That is part of the reason I have chosen to thoroughly review the book and describe the issues I had. I might have reviewed it too thoroughly, as this review turned out really long, but I think that is a testament to how annoyed I wa...
  • Hava
    I work at the local library, so I get to see all of the new books that have come out that look intriguing. I was checking a patron out a couple of weeks ago, and I saw a book in the stack called Erased: Missing Women, Murdered Wives. Being a closet fan of 48 Hours Mystery, I thought, “Wow, that looks interesting!” I say that refrain often at work, and have had to work very hard to keep my house from overflowing with “interesting” books fr...
  • Shawna
    I found this book to be absolutely riveting, and I find it incredible it has taken this long for someone to notice a pattern to these types of murders/vanishings. Strong only takes her research back to 1906 when Charles Gillette drowned his pregnant girlfriend, but I bet if one looked a little closer one would find that these types of murders go back even further. The main anchor of this book is the Scott/Lori Peterson case. I remember at the tim...
  • Dana ****Reads Alot****
    Marilee hit the nail right on the head when she wrote this book. It really gave me some insight to why these men kill their girlfriends/wives (even when they are pregnant). She had alot to say about her assumptioh on scott peterson and I really did thing she got it right BUT Im sick of hearing about the man, I have heard enough of him to last two life times. Most of these men are selfish bastards who only care about themselves and have sociopathi...
  • Sue
    Very difficult to follow the characters in this book when Scott Peterson is mentioned on almost every page. Gosh, darn. If there were so many distinct examples of "erased" women here, plus the theory to explain this term, why did the author feel the need to include Peterson everywhere? on almost every page? True, she mentioned in the introduction that comparing the Scott Peterson case was quintessential (big word) to the "eraser" classification, ...
  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    This book should titled "What You Didn't Know about the Laci Peterson Case". It barely glances at the "50 cases of erased women" mentioned in the introduction. I was disappointed on the whole
  • Shaun
    I liked that this book examined a number of murders in which husbands who were not necessarily abusive murdered their wives in cold blood.I thought her efforts to create a new category of predator that she refers to as erasure murders was more of a marketing technique to make the book somehow standout among its peers.I'd always wanted to read an accounting of the Laci/Scott Peterson case so I appreciated the amount of time that went into explorin...
  • Fishface
    A good, but very disturbing read. The author argues that certain partner murders are psychologically distinct from typical domestic-violence homicides, and calls for changes in the law-enforcement and medical systems to help make it easier to deal with these crimes in a timely, just manner. Well worth a look.
  • Laura
    Truth be told, Smart doesn't offer any compelling evidence for this book's needing to exist. Her thesis is that "eraser killers" are a distinct subtype from "typical" domestic violence killers, but based on the rundown of facts in the book, there's not a ton of support for that idea - she talks about eraser killers plotting out their crimes ahead of time, as opposed to DV killers who kill "in a rage" or "in the heat of the moment" (Lundy Bancroft...
  • Erica
    This book does an excellent job profiling the type of man who makes his wife “disappear” into thin air and erases her existence. She specifically analyzes the idea of the “dark triad,” A combination of three personality flaws that are the hallmark of this kind of killer. This book drags at times as she goes into a lot of criminal theory, but reading the many individual cases of murder that she sprinkled throughout the book is very interes...
  • Martha
    I'd give this a 3.5. The premise of the book is the kind of murderer who kills his wife or partner because she has become inconvenient. The primary example is Michael Peterson whose case she covers in detail. Others are covered in less detail. She makes the point that many of these cases are never solved because the victims' absence is not considered unusual early enough in the investigation to be able to search the perpetrators' homes.
  • RhiaRose
    Disturbing. Over all, a very good book. Although I find the Peterson case interesting, it was given the majority of the book and I wish that the other case studies had been discussed more. Some good information and an important topic.
  • Melinda Crews Kirkley
    I thought this book was going to be about multiple cases, but it was mostly about Scott and Laci Peterson.
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  • Bonnie
    This was an absorbing book - I couldn't put it down once I started it. The author makes a strong case for the identification of a new type of killer in our society - the 'Eraser Killer" - a man who murders his wife, or girlfriend, or ex-wife/ex-girlfriend - and feels no remorse, no guilt for what he's done. Rather he may repeat the crime with another girlfriend or wife in the future. The author profiles the personality traits of "Eraser Killers" ...
  • Sue
    By using some relatively recent criminal cases as examples, particularly the Scott Peterson/Laci Peterson case, the author makes the argument for establishing a legal recognition of "erased" types of murders. I think the author makes a very compelling argument and backs it up by demonstrating how the various different disappearances/murders were not heat-of-the-moment or jealousy-fueled acts of violence (something that our society still seems to ...
  • Andria
    We see the headlines in the paper of a missing pregnant woman and think the father of the baby could never do this, he seemed so nice, so normal. Think again.An important book. Understanding a specific type of domestic violence that is under reported by its very nature. Husbands or significant others who make woman disappear, by committing murder and well hiding the body, or by staging it to look like an accident. It seems like a book every law e...
  • M.K. Carroll
    It's not a fun topic. I appreciated the way the subject matter was handled, and the theory of "eraser" killings is very interesting and presented well. I would have liked to have read this book sooner; I did a presentation at the end of the spring semester about the Latoyia Figueroa murder case in particular, and had been trying to find as much information, statistical and otherwise, about the murders of pregnant women by their boyfriends/husband...
  • Mary
    I could not put this book down. For those interested in true crime, this is new material that most books don't venture into. The author clearly has years of research into the topic, and the book gives you a glance into a profile of an eraser killing. I learned a lot of facts such as that years ago it was hard to convict murders if there simply was no body. I would highly recommend this book to fellow police officers. As an officer myself, without...
  • Ruth Charchian
    "Erased" presents an entirely new genre of murder; the carefully planned, methodical, cold-blooded erasure of women, usually wives and girlfriends, by their husbands or boyfriends who kill because the person no longer serves their purpose and try to make their victims "disappear." Strong has done extensive research into 50 cases of these largely unrecognized types of murders where the perpetrator seems innocent, professionally successful, pillar ...
  • Mary Jo
    I strongly agree with Marilee Strong's recommendations, at the back of the book, to stop protecting criminal's rights more than victim's rights. So many of these cases dragged on so long because the killer had more rights than the woman he killed. I struggled with the recurring theme in these cases of women being aware of danger, being warned, and still staying with the man who ended up killing them. Many of these killers sound like obnoxious, se...
  • Cyndi
    I liked this book but it was really not a book about missing women and wives. It was more about Scott Peterson and I think there are plenty of books on him already. The other cases she used were interesting but I think there were plenty more she could've used instead of choosing to focus on the Peterson case.The book was well-written and the author definitely did her research. I had no idea that this country has such bad resources when it comes t...
  • Roy
    Erased is about psychopathic , intensely narissistic men who not only get rid of their wives through murder ( often to free the men up to be with a new lover ) but who make them literally disappear .More than well written , it is a page - turner and should be required reading for police authorites all arounf the country .Strong's poster child is Scott Peterson , but she offers plenty of other poignant examples of this all - too common phrnomenon....
  • Elizabeth Horton-Newton
    An excellent insight in the Dark Triad that makes up the character of Eraser killers (men who make their wives/girlfriends,significant others "disappear" ). Examining the pathology of these eraser killers could benefit local police force investigators by making them aware of the behaviors most often associated with these killers. While some steps have been taken by law enforcement to pay stricter attention to atypical behaviors in missing women c...
  • Rita Meade
    A very interesting (albeit upsetting) analysis of the psychology behind "eraser killings" - when men kill their wives and get rid of their bodies in order to make them vanish, allowing the men to start over and pursue whatever deluded fantasies they have. It focuses on many wife/girlfriend-murder cases from over the years, but looks at the Laci Peterson case in more depth than the others. Warning: this book is very graphic. Ultimately, the author...
  • Grace P.
    This was well-written and researched. The author says more than 1000 women each year in the U.S. are murdered by an intimate partner. Men who kill their wives or girlfriends are hardly ever given the harshest punishment. When a conviction is obtained, it is usually not for first degree murder. This is because of a tendency in the law to see domestic homicide as a crime of passion - at least when committed by men. (This "domestic discount" does no...
  • Silvia Pettem
    Well-written look at "eraser killers," with a lot on Scott Peterson (husband and murderer of his wife Laci Peterson and their unborn child). These killers believe they can get away with their murders, but, some, like Peterson, do not. A chilling, but interesting, look into the minds of these men. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because the book didn't seem to be organized in the way I would have liked, i.e. it jumped around too much f...