Larry Bright seemed like your everyday joe to his neighbors.
But to the African-American women who worked the streets to feed their drug habit, he was a dangerous killer.
A crack addict who claimed to hear voices that encouraged him to “Do it,” Bright is responsible for the brutal deaths of eight women; four of which he burned and crushed their bones – scattering them throughout the rural areas of Peoria, Illinois.
Although thousands of tips were received about these string of murders, it would be Bright’s DNA that would get him caught.
And begin a cat and mouse game with investigators, leaving them to wonder just how many women – in how many states – fell victim to Larry Bright.
Larry Bright, his name alone is an oxymoron. Larry he was, but bright he was not.
At 38 years old, Larry still lived at home with his mother. In his bedroom he kept hidden stashes of hardcore pornography, over which he often fantasized about raping and killing the woman on the pages or on the screen of his porn-filled computer.
Larry, however, couldn’t get one of the centerfolds or online “models” – or anything even close. So he had to settle for the ones he could buy: Peoria, Illinois prostitutes.
After getting a “lady of the night” to get in the car with him, Larry would take her to his home. After “favors” were swapped, Larry would suddenly attack. Many women pleaded for the lives, invoking the names of their children or crying out for God, but to no avail. The cold, lifeless bodies found days later.
Each evening Larry watched the evening news with his mother and grew excited when a story about one of his victims would come across the screen but he kept his exhilaration suppressed lest his mother pick up on these “changes” and realize her son was the killer.
Nonetheless, Larry’s mother would, in the end, be his undoing yet she wouldn’t know the sins of her painkiller-addicted son until after his confession to detectives.
Author Linda Rosencrance brings us the story of Larry Bright in her 2010 true crime Bone Crusher.
While it may be in story form, it’s nothing more but a long, slightly more detailed recount of newspaper articles.
There seems to be no external research by Rosencrance, an investigative reporter (according to her bio) as evidenced by the numerous “whether [...] is unclear.” Of course it’s going to be unclear when you rely solely on the Court file and don’t seek out the answers!
When the ALL of the same information is online, why bother paying it?
Frankly, Bone Crusher is a complete and utter waste of time. With little detail about the actual crimes, information (mostly) verbatim from Court records, as well as a choppy and unorganized writing style, makes this book one that I do not recommend.