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Eight months after the publication of my true-crime book about 1980s Joliet serial killer Milton Johnson, the Crest Hill branch of the White Oak Library District has asked me to give a book presentation, next week.

“TERROR TOWN USA: The Untold Story of Joliet’s Notorious Serial Killer,” was published by WildBlue Press in Denver. My book presentation is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 1. The event is in Meeting Room A/B.

According to the White Oak Library District, there will be beer, wine and light appetizers available. The event is geared for adults and seniors. All guests must be 21 to attend.

White Oak Library’s website states: “Meet in-person at the Crest Hill Branch for a special, after-hours presentation by popular author John Ferak, who will talk about his book, Terror Town, USA: The Untold Story of Joliet’s Notorious Serial Killer. The author will host a Q&A session at the end of his talk, followed by a signing. Copies of his book will be available for purchase.”

Because space is limited, Crest Hill’s library is requiring guests to register in advance. To register, visit the White Oak library website. The library is off Weber Road, at 20670 City Center Boulevard.

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Now 71 years old. Milton Johnson has remained in the Illinois Department of Corrections since the mid-1980s. Mugshot via Department of Corrections
According to Amazon, TERROR TOWN USA has 84 global reviews, averaging 4.1 stars out of 5 stars.

Here are the most recent reviews posted on Amazon:

Five stars, posted by Rebecca Hill, on March 9. “What law enforcement, and many residents were unaware of, was that a convicted rapist had been released back into their midst. He was careful to lay low, and stay off the radar, but throughout the investigation, he surfaced. Serial killers can often blend to their surroundings, leave very little trace evidence behind, and elude law enforcement —for a time. While DNA and forensics were not as strong as they are today, there were still things that could be done in 1983. With the help of a witness, a survivor of the bloodbath, the serial killer was eventually identified.”

Five stars, March 9, posted by Robert J M. “Very good read about a scum of the earth murderer, who should have been put to death years ago!”

Five stars, Kimberly Gray on Dec. 31, 2021. “Most detailed true crime book I’ve ever read. I felt like the background descriptions of the people in Joliet, literally anyone who was connected to this crime in any way, actually helped me really understand the social climate in Joliet before, during and after the time the murders were being committed. In essence this book became much more… human… and felt more personal as it sometimes read like someone’s journal.”

Four stars, California Dreaming on Oct. 25, 2021. “Milton Johnson is a real anomaly. It could be argued that he is a serial killer (SK), a spree killer, and a mass murderer (MM), all rolled into one. After all he killed people at different times and different places. And there were at least two events where he killed at least four victims each time, making him a MM twice over.”

TERROR TOWN USA can be purchased at Barnes & Noble and several other outlets, including Amazon. It’s available in paperback, Kindle and the Audiobook version is narrated by Kevin Pierce.

According to the library catalog, the Joliet Public Library’s downtown branch, along with the White Oak Library branches in Romeoville, Lockport and Crest Hill, are all carrying TERROR TOWN USA, but all the books are checked out by library patrons at the moment.

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