The Babysitter: My Summers with a Serial Killer

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Growing up on Cape Cod in the 1960s, Liza Rodman was a lonely little girl. During the summers, while her mother worked days in a local motel and danced most nights in the Provincetown bars, her babysitter—the kind, handsome handyman at the motel where her mother worked—took her and her sister on adventures in his truck.

But there was one thing she didn’t know; their babysitter was a serial killer.

Some of his victims were buried—in pieces—right there, in his garden in the woods. Though Tony Costa’s gruesome case made screaming headlines in 1969 and beyond, Liza never made the connection between her friendly babysitter and the infamous killer of numerous women, including four in Massachusetts, until decades later.

Haunted by nightmares and horrified by what she learned, Liza became obsessed with the case. Now, she and cowriter Jennifer Jordan reveal the chilling and unforgettable true story of a charming but brutal psychopath through the eyes of a young girl who once called him her friend.

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Title:The Babysitter: My Summers with a Serial Killer
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  • Will Byrnes

    ”Close your eyes and count to ten,” he whispered. I felt his breath on my cheek. The barrel of the gun was hard and cold against my forehead. I counted, and when I opened my eyes, he was gone.I...

  • Fran

    Summer 1966. With seven year old Liza and five year old Louisa in tow, divorcee Betty started a job as Head of Housekeeping at the Royal Coachman Motel on the Outer Cape, just north of the Truro town ...

  • Debra (having surgery will be back in a few days)

    One need not be a Chamber -to be Haunted -Emily DickinsonIn the 1960's Liza Rodman grew up a lonely girl. Her mother worked at a local Motel and went dancing most nights in Provincetown. Her babysitt...

  • Bridgett

    "Each body was cut into as many parts as there are joints." True crime novels run hot and cold for me. I absolutely hated I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State...

  • megs_bookrack

    **3.5-stars rounded up**The Babysitter: My Summers with a Serial Killer is part-Memoir, part-True Crime novel, told by Liza Rodman. Alternating between Liza-chapters and Tony-chapters, this book tells...

  • ScrappyMags

    Officially freaked out.4.5 stars.Shortest Summary Ever: Liza Rodman has a pretty awful mom - one who drags her and her sister around working jobs where she can meet men, partying all night, and leavin...

  • Dana

    A dark and disturbing true crime memoir that tells the story of author Liza Rodman, as a young girl and her babysitter, Tony Costa, the serial killer. There is so much detail and thought put into this...

  • jenny?

    DNF @ 72%; this is the first ARC I’ve ever been unable to finish, and I’m pretty disappointed. :(I’d like to start by saying that I pass no judgment on the content of this book. Memoirs are tric...

  • Ludwig Reads

    4.5 stars.“Can you keep a secret?”“What kind of secret?”“It’s something I’ve got in the woods...I only show it to my *closest* pals and chicks. Wanna see it?”This one turned out to be ...

  • Elle

    It’s been a while since I’ve read True Crime! This one sounds FASCINATING.*Thanks Jordan & Carrie of the Mystery Book Club for my copy!...