Book Review: Call Me God: The Untold Story of the DC Sniper Investigation

Call Me God: The Untold Story of the DC Sniper Investigation

Authors: Jim Clemente, Tim Clemente, & Peter McDonnell

Publication Date: 24 October 2019

Genre: Adult Nonfiction/True Crime

Publisher: Audible

Wednesday, October 2, 2002.
Aspen Hill, Maryland. Northgate Plaza.
5:20 PM.

Inside Michael’s craft supply store, cashier Ann Chapman rings up another customer. Then it happens. A loud crack; a gust of wind; the light in register five goes dark.

Over the next 23 days, the entire DC area will be thrust into a reign of terror unprecedented in American history. Sniper attacks targeting and murdering everyday citizens will bring the entire region to its knees, as a nation still reeling from the recent attacks of 9/11 and the anthrax scare, are forced to confront a new type of brutal assault—this time in their own backyard. As law enforcement grapples with the mass carnage and chaos, media’s ravenous 24-hour cycle amplifies the very real fear, while steadily pumping new theories and bad leads onto a paralyzed public desperate for it all to end.

But who can stop it? And exactly how?

Call Me God is the never-before-told story of the fascinating and turbulent investigation that led to the diabolical and elusive killers’ capture; one that pitted protocol against instinct, sacred institutions against individual insight. Told firsthand by those few who had the vision and expertise to solve it, and including a fascinating look into the behavioral, ballistic, forensic, and electronic analysis vital to cracking the case, FBI agent brothers Jim Clemente (former FBI behavioral profiler) and Tim Clemente (former FBI counter-terrorism expert) take us through every facet and flaw of a nationwide manhunt that pressure tested nearly every aspect of law enforcement capabilities—and its glaring vulnerabilities.

Anchored by harrowing accounts from victims, intimate conversations with family members of those deceased, as well as candid accounts from those who knew the perpetrators best, relive the haunting events of the DC Sniper attack and piece together a true crime phenomenon that’s impact can still be felt today.

OMG! Y’all need to listen to this book ASAP!

I am not generally a true crime fan, but I was utterly captivated by this story. I remember hearing about the DC sniper case in the news when I was in high school, but I was ignorant to the sheer amount of tragedy and chaos that these two individuals unleashed on the DC area.

This story provides so much detail surrounding the investigation, tracking down the gunmen, as well as a look into their psyche. I was floored by the sheer amount of information. Additionally, we also hear from families of the victims.

I don’t want to give away anything from this story because honestly, you just need to listen to it. It’s that good!

Thank you to Audible for providing a copy for review. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

3 comments

  1. Wow, I don’t really read many true crime books but this one is being added to my TBR. I’ve never even heard of the DC Snipers case but it sounds harrowing. It’s always surprised me how so few people can do so much damage! Great review. Jen

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