The Last Victim by Jason Moss

Jason Moss
The Last Victim: A True-Life Journey into the Mind of the Serial Killer (1999), is a non-fiction work by author Jason Moss in which he details his fascination and subsequent correspondence with several famous American serial killers. Psychotherapist and best selling author Jeffrey A. Kottler, one of Moss’s UNLV instructors, contributes both a prologue and an afterword.
Jason was an 18-year-old college student at UNLV. While studying for his honors thesis, he established relationships with John Wayne Gacy, Richard Ramirez, Henry Lee Lucas, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Charles Manson. He obtained samples of correspondence from and interviews with these men. Jason researched what would interest his subject the most and then cast himself in the role of disciple, admirer, surrogate, or potential victim.

The Last VictimIn his book he mentioned that he was interested in a career with the FBI; he reasoned that gaining the trust of a serial killer, possibly learning more about their stated crimes or unsolved murders, was a way to distinguish himself as a job candidate.

It was with 33-time killer John Wayne Gacy, the “Killer Clown”, that Jason forged the strongest relationship. Letters led to regular Sunday morning phone calls, during which Gacy trumpeted his innocence even as he gave Jason a guided tour of his world. In the book, Jason tells the story of his correspondence and eventual live meeting with Gacy shortly before Gacy was executed.

Jason felt he became Gacy’s “last victim” after a face to face meeting in prison, in essence being overpowered by the mind of the serial killer. He felt that this misadventure allowed him to understand how a killer’s mind works in not only controlling the vulnerable but also in terms of how to break them.

Sadly, the title took on new meaning when Jason Moss committed suicide in his Henderson, Nevada home on the morning of June 6, 2006. At the time of his death, he was a practicing criminal defense attorney.

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  • Dear Mr. Gacy » Jason Moss on Hard Copy “Caged with a Killer” said:

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  • pappykettle said:

    im realy sorry to hear the young man took his own life.he wrote a realy good,insitful book.and while i cant say for sure,i wouldnt be surprised if the whole thing while he was doing it would eat at him.i mean to get to know these kind of people and how they must be able to mess with ones mind.i pray mr.moss can find peace.god bless him.truly sorry to hear he passed.

  • Clint Mahoney said:

    This is such a sad thing. I think Jason really wanted to help people – but the world he entered is horrible – a horrible realization to see that monsters really are everywhere.

  • Geela Amoroso said:

    I just finished reading his book. I wanted to know what happened to him after, if he was still doing well, etc. I was surprised to see that he committed suicide in 2006. Sad. I was wondering if it had to do with his correspondence with the serial killers.

  • murderinthe1st said:

    This is an awesome book. I have been a homicide/violent crimes detective with the Chicago Police department for a while. Gacy's case is one of those case that I still remebered vividly in mind. However, regardless of what we do, we have to remember that in the process of chasing monstersĀ  we don't become monsters ourselves.

  • lickugood said:

    I took more lives than Gacy, but was never credited for them. Instead Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, under the Gotti boy's orders, went into my hospital room and killed me there. I'm the
    infamous “Iceman” writing you from hell, on Satan's Dell Precision T3500 Workstation.

  • Angelonfire702 said:

    kinda crazy he killed himself on 6-6-6 isnt it?

  • pipercolt said:

    Just watched dear mr. gacy tonight, and at the end it said that jason killed himself, wow, apparently these guys got to him.

  • shaylees said:

    ThatĀ is a very intens book. I liked reading it. The seiral killers are sick in the mind. Why would you want to kill someone and eat them??

  • Rhiannon said:

    In the movie, is the actor that portrayed Jason Moss, Jesse Moss, in any way related to Jason Moss?

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