This book gives a fascinating insight into Romania in the 1960s and early 1970s. Not only is it about a brutal killer of women – Ion Rimaru – it’s also a bit of Communist Romanian history.
I love true crime books that are a blend of crime and history, and there are so many crimes from Europe and other parts of the world that I don’t know about.
Journalists Mike Phillips and Stejarel Olaru tell the story of Rimaru, who preyed on lone women in Bucharest and killed four women and almost murdered another six. He was executed hastily in 1971 but there was also speculation over his father Florea, who state police suspected of being an accomplice in the crimes.
I read this book over a few days while I was holiday last month. It kept my interest throughout. A good read.
Rimaru: Butcher of Bucharest is published by Profusion Crime.