The Last Victim


The Last Victim

Christopher Rudy and George Davis

 

There are men who find pleasure in debasing women by using their strength, physical power and their anger to assault a person without their consent through sexual intercourse. Rape has many definitions and the FBI Criminal Justice Advisory Police Board, realized that the definition was too narrow and did not include rapes that were inflicted by women against women or men against men.

“So in October, the FBI’s UCR subcommittee Advisory Policy Board voted to recommend the definition be expanded. The new definition of rape, which looks set to be “officially” adopted by the FBI in 2012, is as follows: “Rape” is: …penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.” This is where our story begins as one detective and one reporter lay out the facts, tell us the story of one man’s 30 year reign of rape, why it too so long to capture him, how he eluded the police and remained under the radar and why he committed this heinous crime. The Last Victim begins with the story of the final victim who helped capture William E Griffin Jr. the Ski Mask Rapist. Christopher Rudy with George Davis present the facts, allow the reader to hear the voices and thoughts of the victims as one man for 30 years preyed on women from Ohio, Michigan and Arizona to be convicted of only two rapes. Hiding in the bushes outside of many homes, calling these women on the phone with prank calls, rapes at knife-point, countless threats against his victims and forcing them to commit unspeakable acts against themselves in order to give him pleasure William E. Griffin Jr. created each scene, orchestrated each rape and defiled these women so they would no longer feel safe alone in their home. Threatening young children bringing them into the mix, hiding behind a mask as a coward so he could not be seen, using his size to overtake these defenseless women, this monster stole the dignity, and self-worth of so many.

 

Retired Jackson Township, Ohio, Police Lt. Christopher Rudy, the author of this book attended in March 2009 “Victim Impact” portion of the parole hearing for his horrific man. As the last victim, as the book is titled, Melissa Brown (not her real name) spoke out against this man as did hearing officer Molly Scott (not her real name) states that she cannot keep the victims straight in this case as Melissa explains that she is THE LAST VICTIM.

 

Each victim endured the same thing at the hand, body and mind of this diabolical man. The case and the voices of the victims are presented in an accurate timeline allowing the reader to follow the investigation over the 30-year period that many law enforcement agencies spent trying to find this rapist and finally bring him to justice. The countless hours, the frustration and knowing that he was hiding in plain sight makes it even more difficult for those involved to come to grips with the fact that he could have been caught many times and managed to find ways to convince the police he was a victim not the perpetrator. Added in are the accounts given of his marriages, the reasons he was able to get out and not be suspected and the naivety of these women to fall for his lies and lines.

 

Every step of the way the authors take the reader through the entire investigation until Christopher finally catches a strong break and hopefully they will once and for all arrest this person. His parents as stumbling blocks, one person in his family realizing the gravity of the situation and one ex-wife that finally came to some harsh realizations as Christopher was looking at all of the evidence, worked with so many other people he realized a serious mistake was made. No one took this criminal’s fingerprint card to the crime lab. Why hadn’t anyone compared it with unknown latent prints? But, the end is far from over even though he is now in prison. There are many who still believe this man is innocent as he continues to manipulate them, make them believe his lies and preys on their weaknesses costing them more than just their naivety or hope that someone like him was innocent. The final outcome, the judge’s verdict and where he stands now you will have to read for yourself. The hard work that went into finding him, getting him to admit what he did and finally hoping to bring closure for his victims still remains to be seen.

 

As the authors chronicle the events and enlighten readers about other rapes, laws that need enforcement and the hope that all states will enforce the Adam Walsh Act I have to agree that this crime is one that victims relive daily and will never really be able to find closure. Let’s hope that William Griffin Jr. never again sees the light of day or ever has the hope of freedom. This is one book that has a strong impact on the reader and anyone who understands that Rape is more than just a serious crime against the person it is perpetrated against it is more like a murdering your body, self-worth and defenses.

Fran Lewis: Reviewer

 

 

 

 

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