Killer On The Streets: Book Review
As it goes, I’m very fussy with reading material.
Although minor grammatical errors cropped up every once in a while (a few spelling mistakes, bad use of punctuation), the plot was thrilling and the writing style offered the perfect insight into a sensitive subject; communicating political, religious, social and criminal themes in a factual way but enticing the reader – you progressively learn more throughout the book, it works in a chronological order.
Written in 2003 and discussing David Copeland – a racist, anti-gay, socialist and close minded man, this book discusses the story of a bomber, who tricked those around him and provoked unnecessary damage on specific groups of individuals. There is a perfect and careful inclusion of discussion surrounding the influence of political agenda upon Copeland’s young mind. So impressionable, the man in his early twenties took great influence from groups like the BNP and the National Socialist Party.
We must question, how a group like the BNP can exist under the same branding in 2014 when, in reading novels like this and old articles, you discover that the original BNP in fact sought out to kill the ‘blacks’ and ‘foreign’ minorities, often believing and portraying themselves in a Nazi behaviour – idealising the Aryan race. This was an idealistic appearance which Copeland believed every British citizen should adhere to. However, the BNP and similar racist groups is a completely different discussion in itself.
Evidence and an confession from Copeland himself revealed that he planted three bombs- One in Brixton, one in Brick Lane and the final in the Admiral Duncan pub in Soho. His reasoning? His ambition to do so? To cause national chaos and scandal. To kill black and gay communities – the two groups of individuals he hated most on this earth.
The book later goes into detail about Copeland’s mental state, questioning whether an early 20s man could do this alone without some form of mental disorder. It soon arose that his behaviour was demonstrative of the actions of a schizophrenic individual. Blaming his parents for a horrible upbringing and other parts of his childhood, it is clear to see that this man had no remorse for the deaths he caused throughout his savage attacks.
If you like the sound of my simplistic and rushed description, you should read this book. If you wish to teach yourself a little more about the criminal activity taking place within the 1990s, the evil political campaigns, the satanic behaviour and specifically, this evil enforcer of injustice, pick up ‘Killer on the Streets (Blake’s True Crime Library)‘ written by Graeme McLagan and Nick Lowles.
This one gets a 4/5 from me.