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In the fall of 1999, a twenty-two-year-old woman was discovered naked and bleeding on the streets of a small New Mexico town south of Albuquerque. She was chained to a padlocked metal collar. The tale she told authorties--of being beaten, raped, and tortured with electric shock--was unthinkable. Until she led them to 59-year-old David Ray Parker, his 39-year-old financee CIn the fall of 1999, a twenty-two-year-old woman was discovered naked and bleeding on the streets of a small New Mexico town south of Albuquerque. She was chained to a padlocked metal collar. The tale she told authorties--of being beaten, raped, and tortured with electric shock--was unthinkable. Until she led them to 59-year-old David Ray Parker, his 39-year-old financee Cindy Hendy--and the lakeside trailer they called their "toy box". What the FBI uncovered was unprecedented in the annals of serial crime: restraining devices, elaborate implements of torture, books on human anatomy, medical equipment, scalpels, and a gynecologist's examination table. But these horrors were only part of the shocking story that would unfold in a stunning trial......

Title : Cries in the Desert (St. Martin's True Crime Library)
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ISBN : 9780312977566
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Cries in the Desert (St. Martin's True Crime Library) Reviews

  • Allie
    2018-09-21 13:40

    I only recommend this book if, like me, you are a real weirdo and are obsessed with serial killers.

  • Shirley
    2018-10-05 11:08

    The town this takes place in is a good days drive from my home. It tells us how our young troubled street woman are easy prey for the sadists among us. As long as public perception of the young woman who vanish from the streets remains the same they will not even be missed until their bodies are found. This is a story about torture for pleasure. An unusual team of a male and female. The female would lure her "Friends" then give them to her male counterpart to rape, torture and maim. While she certainly took part I doubt that she would have done this alone. It took two evil minds to come together as one to make a single person. On the other hand I also am sure he has many bodies behind him that will never be found. Buried in the deserts of NM. As she serves her time, in actuality, he got away with it through death.

  • Fishface
    2018-09-23 15:44

    What a horrible story! Really, really hard to put down. The worst part was knowing that much more went on in that trailer than anyone will ever know, except for the smirking perpetrators and their victims, who may or may not be still living. The glimpse I got from this book was more than enough, thank you.

  • Gina
    2018-09-24 12:41

    This poorly written true crime book concerning suspected serial killer David Parker Ray isn't scary because of his crimes. Yes, those crimes are horrific. I have no words for how horrific, but Glatt tries his best (insert sarcasm) to give you every, single, horrifying detail. Ray was eventually, at age 63 in 2001, convicted of the rape, kidnapping, and torture of 2 women who lived. Although suspected of killing as many as 60 women - there was videotape and other evidence leading authorities to this conclusion - he was never tried or convicted for murder and no bodies were ever found. He died in 2002 less than a year after his second conviction as those crimes were investigated. Also tried and sentenced to various terms were his daughter, girlfriend, and a younger local boy who confessed to participating in at least 1 murder. I believe evil exists, so evil people doing evil things doesn't scare me more than evil in general. What I find truly terrifying about this case, however, is how many times local authorities or the FBI had to stop him but did nothing. His daughter (same one later convicted for helping him - its complicated), went to the FBI at age 18 and swore out a statement against her father for kidnapping, rape, and his participation in human trafficking/slavery. Assuming she was just a disgruntled kid and with some bias because she was a lesbian, they didn't even investigate. A prostitute who was held for a week went to local police after she was released telling them what happened. They not only didn't believe her, assuming she was angry because a John didn't pay her, but threatened her with charges for prostitution. His girlfriend told everyone at the local bar - on multiple occasions - what they were doing, bragging about it, but not a single person ever said anything to the police. And these are only 3 of multiple other times even a minimum of concern or investigation would have ended Ray. Add to that his first trial ended in a hung jury despite overwhelming physical evidence and videotapes (Ray videoed all torture sessions of his victims) because as one female juror said, "some girls like it rough." And that is truly terrifying....

  • Jessica Lestrange
    2018-10-13 15:08

    Hard to read and hard to follow this writer This author introduces FAR too many characters per page and then not once does he attempt to reorient his readers later in the book. By that I mean he never again reminds you who the multitudes of people he's introduced are, leaving you to thumb back through the book constantly to try to remember where that person fits into the story. It's a huge glaring deficiency in his story telling and a good author would make more of an attempt. I'm actually surprised by the quality of proof reading because this is such a rookie mistake on their part as well. This should have been pointed out in the rough draft. To introduce sometimes five characters in two pages then do so with another five several pages later and never remind the reader who each person is throughout the book makes the reading quite tedious. It feels like a text book for which you have to take notes as you go along rather than a well told captivating story. It's hard to read and follow the story line. Especially when he introduces three people then immediately uses "he" to refer to someone leaving the reader to wonder WHICH He is being spoken about. I finished it out of obligation but won't be reading this author ever again. It's a waste of time and money especially with so many great authors. This author seems to be rushing to pump out stories but he's just not a good story teller. Sorry but I won't recommend this to anyone and am sorry I paid money for it.

  • Sammantha
    2018-09-21 11:06

    Not sure how I feel about this book. A lot of people are mentioned and talked about in this book, easily getting side tracked & nonsense of information. I seemed to struggle through the book honestly! I love true crime too but this one I didn't enjoy very much. I liked the ending part better than the beginning of the story. The ending part of the book is so much more interesting, it actually gets into what happened and how sick this sadistic torturer named David Parker Ray really is. A lot of the information in the beginning I think could have been left out, and also I didn't care for the pictures too much, I think the book needed better intriguing photos. I had high hopes for this book but I wasn't too impressed.

  • Miro Doporto
    2018-10-19 10:00

    Maybe I am partial because at the time I read it, my landlord/friend happened to be a the daugher of the defendant and I actually came into possession of some of the defendant's belongings... the whole scenario made the book real, it is well written and could not put it down once I started reading. I recommend it to anyone into serial killer books.

  • Beth Ramirez
    2018-10-20 12:51

    This book was amazing!!! I’ve always been a “reader” but I have, in my entire life, never finished an entire booked in one sitting....I finished this one in one sitting. I just couldn’t put it down!!! The twists and turns, my heart raced faster and faster with every page turn. The story line was horrific and the victims have my ultimate sympathy and respect, but the book gave them respect and that was commendable.

  • stephanie sikes
    2018-10-06 10:00


  • Jenny
    2018-10-22 15:09

    Absolutely terrifying and disturbing

  • Kordula
    2018-09-28 15:05

    I read this for a group project in one of my Criminal Justice classes. This proved to be an extremely difficult read due to the horrific acts committed on an unknown number of unwilling victims. What really made this interesting, for me, was that at the same time (October 2011) the FBI began releasing new information as well as new images of presumed souvenirs of potentially hundreds of unknown victims. My group was in contact with the NM State Police as well as the original lead investigators. By the end of the project we were all glad to be rid of it, but we all felt that this intense study and profiling of a potential serial killer left us all a bit jaded. Nonetheless, this book played a big part in our understanding of David Parker Ray and is crimes. It highlighted not just the crimes committed by Ray but by his accomplices as well. It gave a great sense of the area these crimes occurred and allowed the reader to comprehend how such heinous crimes could pass a person's notice. It well highlighted the normalcy with which the public often views many serial killers.

  • Laura
    2018-10-03 10:57

    Since I live in New Mexico and had heard about this case, I just had to read this book as well as another book about this case. I used to live about 100 miles from the area where these events took place but luckily not at the time they occurred. I met people who knew David Parker Ray and they were in shock that he would commit these crimes. I felt awful for one of the female investigators who was so traumatized by what she saw that she committed suicide. I admire the people in law enforcement who have to investigate these difficult cases. I like that I got to read about one of the survivor's testimonies. Even though I gained a lot of information from this book, I still read another book about this case to see if there was something else that this book did not catch. It's been a long time since I read this book so I cannot recall. I just remember that I had to finish this book soon because some of my coworkers wanted to read about this case.

  • Lissa
    2018-10-15 09:55

    I don't remember why I picked up this book; perhaps it was because I had read another true crime book by this author and figured I'd see what else he had. I certainly don't remember hearing about this case before, which isn't surprising, since I pretty much cut television out of my life at about this time. The crime is horrifying; David Parker Ray abducted and brutally raped and tortured young women in the New Mexico desert, along with his partner (Cindy Hendy), friend (Roy Yancy), and perhaps his daughter (Jesse Ray). He's also suspected of being a serial killer, but no identifiable bodies were found that could be linked to him.The book itself has a fairly good pace, although the author tends to repeat himself and treads a very fine line between shocking and overly salacious. Still, that's kind of the purpose of these true crime paperbacks, right? As for the crimes, well, they're horrible and will definitely stay with me for a while.

  • Tracey
    2018-09-24 15:46

    I read a lot of true-crime; it's 90% of what I read. I made myself finish this book, but I am SO it's not one I'm likely to have to read again. By the time I was finished the book, I was literally nauseous. Don't get me wrong; I don't blame the author for the way this book made me feel. I blame Dennis Parker Ray, for being the sickest monster I've ever heard of. This book goes into very graphic detail about the mental, physical, and sexual torture Ray imposed on his victims. After finishing this book, I threw it out; something I've only done with one other book. Both disturbed me so much, I didn't want anyone I know getting hold of it. Seriously only read this book if you have a strong stomach.

  • Liza Martin
    2018-10-15 16:03

    I am admittedly fascinated with serial killers and have read several books about them. Well, I had no idea what I was getting into here. David Parker Ray may just be the scariest, most twisted, and worst sadistic murderer I've read about ever. Although I couldn't put down the book, it was very disturbing. My heart went out to all of his victims. I can't fathom what they went through. I'm just angry Ray died a year after his sentencing. There was no remorse nor justice in this horrible tale, but I definitely won't forget it. It's a great book -- if you can tolerate graphic violence, terror, and true evil.

  • Sandy
    2018-10-20 12:39

    David Ray Parker certainly had some strange things going on in his head. His toy box was every womans horror. Or it would be mine. I believe Cindy Hendy got involved in this because it gave her a sense of power. Also because she was in somewhat of a comfort zone. With Parker she had a home. In the fall of 1999, a twenty two year old woman was found naked and bleeding on the streets of a small New Mexico town. (Truth or Consequences)That's a line that grabs you.I have read several of John Glatt's books. They have all been easy reads for me. I like a book that tells the story and keeps it simple.

  • Angel R
    2018-10-18 09:05

    This is one of the best books I've ever read. It might be a bit disturbing for some people because it deals with a very sick man. The book first caught my eye becuase I was born and raised in NM and I had heard a little about this case but didn't know any real details about it. So when I saw the book I had to buy it and now that I finished reading it I have to say I didn't regret that decision one bit. It's a great book and I loved it.

  • Evalynn
    2018-10-08 11:01

    Well, it could have been worse. The author constantly repeats himself.. every time a name has been changed, he actually writes "(Not their real name)". It adds that little push to make it that much more annoying.I expected this book to be more disturbing.. which wasn't a good thing.. but by reading the back, I was pretty sure I wouldn't make it all the way through. I was wrong.As for the photos - They really are disappointing.I would not recommend this book to anyone.

  • Linda
    2018-10-18 13:41

    Sadistic, sexual addictionReading about David Ray and his obsession for torturing, I wanted to read about if his victims recovered. This book told us all about Ray's life of abduction, rape, torture. Also included were accounts of all the police officers on the case, FBI, the trial, and sentencing. Not an enjoyable read like a novel, but an informative read.

  • Niki
    2018-10-19 14:52

    I phone made me review... now I have to come up with 20 words describing a book about a sick twisted man. Don't want to dwell on the depravity any longer!Twenty words or more describing a book about a sick twisted individual. Skipped a lot of pages and now I don't want to dwell on this any longer!

  • Sarah Ganger
    2018-09-21 08:54

    Great I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico and grew up around T or C and Elephant Butte. Reading what happened in that small town was a rush... I felt for the people involved. I learned a lot about Ray, things that legend doesn't tell here when he's talked about.. Definitely recommend to anyone who is interested in true crime novels!

  • Shannon Renee
    2018-09-27 08:47

    This was a really good true crime novel. I enjoyed the style of writing of the author. It wasn't just facts and documents. It had a nicely built ground up (or city up here) approach. I felt like I was reading Dateline. (And yes, that is a good thing!)

  • Melissag
    2018-10-07 11:56

    I have this in my library collection. David Ray Parker is every forensic psychologist/criminologist's dream. Brilliant book

  • Amy Sauceda
    2018-10-19 13:41

    Shocked me to know that people are really like this! This was a good read although I was somewhat freaked out due to how the guy was torturing women and just how sick he was.

  • Sabrina Rutter
    2018-10-17 15:59

    This is a truelly terrifying true story.This mans favorite hobby, torturing women to death. I had nightmares and actually had to stop reading true crime for a while after reading this.

  • Louise
    2018-10-08 12:41

    This is a shocking story of a man named David Parker Ray who kept a "toy box" of women to torture. Unbelievable that people like this actually exist.

  • Teresa
    2018-10-13 11:48

    This took me a lot longer than normal to read, due to the nature of the crimes. I could only read a little bit at a time.I enjoy this author though, and his writing style.

  • Wendy Collard
    2018-09-21 12:48

    Fairly short book which accounts a disturbing story. Would have liked more research into the background of David Parker Ray

  • Brandi Doctoroff
    2018-10-21 15:05

    just - plain - creepy.Here is my blog review:http://brandiheathersreviews.blogspot...

  • Nic
    2018-10-16 16:07

    You would think it would be impossible to make the story of David Parker Ray boring, but...nope. This book managed.