Masking Evil has 37 profiles of killers, child abusers and paedophiles, all of
whom were in good professions or were model pupils. The cases include
preachers, police officers, an airline pilot, doctor and a headmistress.
The book contains interviews with a leading psychologist exploring borderline
personality disorder, a criminology lecturer explaining the motivations of the
mass murderer and a criminologist illuminating teenage crime.
Paperback published 2016 by Summersdale.
ISBN10 1849538832. ISBN13 978-1849538831 Priced £8.99
Masking Evil Reviews:
`They are the most frightening of killers – and the most dangerous. Friendly and respectable, they look as if they
wouldn’t harm a fly. But behind their smiling eyes, maybe even unknown to them, a time bomb of pure evil is ticking.
Waiting for someone to press the button. And they are everywhere. In our towns. In our neighbourhoods. Around the
corner. From model schoolboy to Sunday school teacher, chilling book Masking Evil investigates the horror that
happens when good turns bad.’
Lewis Panther, Sunday Mirror
`This page-turner covers a wide variety of personalities and motives, along with context for how these ordinary people
become serial offenders, from paedophiles to serial killers. You’ll no doubt be left wondering who among your
acquaintances might be harbouring similar creepy secrets.’
Dr. Katherine Ramsland, Psychology Today
`This selection of true-crime studies outlines the cases of thirty-seven criminals who committed violent crimes – in
most cases murder – and, at first, were shielded from suspicion by their social position and respectable jobs, which
often allowed them to offend again. The chapters consist of a study of the perpetrators’ childhoods, their lives and the
circumstances that moulded their personalities. Many of these personalities were terrifyingly warped and ego-centric.'
'The perpetrators ranged through several killers with positions in law enforcement and education, there were also
health workers, lawyers, a vet and an airline pilot, and a large number of people with positions in religious
organisations. Indeed one of the most disturbing aspects of the book as a whole was the number of violent offenders
who had religion – often in an extreme form – as part of their upbringing. The chapters often conclude with comments
from psychologists and psychiatrists, analysing the nature of the crimes and perpetrators, and these are fascinating.'
'Although the front cover includes the caption `when good men and women turn criminal,’ I did not feel that the majority
of the perpetrators were `good,’ they merely had the position and reputation to camouflage their true natures. Because
they were respectable people who could hide behind a mask of authority, religion and good deeds, those around them
could not believe them capable of serious evil. Added to which, official agencies (such as the Social Services in the
case of abusive foster mother Eunice Spry) are very wary of challenging the outwardly respectable and unwilling to
offend people whom they regard as `like themselves.’
'Carol Anne Davis is an outstanding authority on true crime, and Masking Evil is a fascinating, although chilling, study
of criminals who shelter (and are sheltered by those around them) behind a mask of respectability. A book that is well
worth reading for those who are interested in true crime and the psychology behind violent actions, not to mention a
good source of plots for crime writers. An authoritative and very interesting book.'
Carol Westron, Promoting Crime Blog