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This Book “Breaking the Silence of the Lambs” revisits the case of Gary Heidnik, the serial sexual killer whose crimes inspired the movie “Silence of the Lambs.” For the first time, the authors “break the silence” of this infamous case by revealing 26 private letters from Heidnik for the very first time and by revealing the simultaneous story of how his psychologist, Dr. Jack Apsche, personally struggled with Heidnik’s evil and with his own dark side.

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A note from the Publisher: "Although this book provides answers to the mystery of Heidnik and serial killers, my favorite part was seeing how his psychologist had to struggle with his own dark side to reach those answers."

by Jack A. Apsche, Ed.D., ABPP
and Jerry L. Jennings, Ph.D.

The book cover is a painting of Gary M. Heidnik, painted by Melissa Apsche, Jack Apsche's daughter.

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Steve Caresser
interviews
Dr. Jerry Jennings
and Dr. Jack Apsche
about their new Book
"Breaking the Silence of the Lambs"

Jennings, Ph.D

Jerry L. Jennings, Ph.D.

Steve Caresser
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Jack Apsche

Jack A. Apsche, Ed.D., ABPP

Jennings, Ph.D

Jerry L. Jennings, Ph.D.

Steve Caresser

Dr Apsche, What does the title mean, “Breaking the Silence of the Lambs?”

Jack Apsche

Even though a lot has been written about the infamous case that inspired the movie, there is a whole lot more to this story that has never been revealed. This book both “breaks the silence” by revealing new and crucial information, and, we hope, also “breaks the case” by delving deeper inside the psyche of this sexual predator than ever before – to achieve a full understanding.

Jennings, Ph.D

Two major sources that have not been revealed before. First, we are revealing 26 private letters sent by Heidnik from Death Row, which really take the reader inside the mind of a serial killer. To hear him describe his thinking through these letters is illuminating and chilling. Second, we are revealing the simultaneous “story behind the story” of how Dr. Jack Apsche, Heidnik’s psychologist, personally struggled with Heidnik’s evil and with his own dark side – which also impacted the case and provides new insights.

Steve Caresser

Dr Jennings, What sort of “new information”?

Jack Apsche

Jack A. Apsche, Ed.D., ABPP

Jennings, Ph.D

Jerry L. Jennings, Ph.D.

Steve Caresser

Dr Apsche, the Silence of the Lambs was both a box office blockbuster and critically acclaimed. What makes a horror story like this one rise to the level of art?

Jack Apsche

Depth of character, I think. Pure evil is just plain boring. But when the villain also shows personality traits, or even virtues, that we can recognize or identify with, we become more engaged and interested. Heidnik was not pure evil, no one is. We forget that, at some point, even a criminal like Heidnik began life as a simple, innocent boy from Cleveland. Because of my honesty about my own simultaneous struggle with my dark side, this book makes it possible to explore the deeper, darker aspects of our humanity.

Jennings, Ph.D

It’s a very unique blend of genres, true-crime, memoir, and clinical case study. For true crime fans, it has the never-seen-before inside details of one of history’s most infamous crimes. But it is enriched by the fascinating memoir of someone dealing first-hand with this complex, master criminal. And it’s also a great case study for amateurs and professionals in clinical forensics and criminal justice because it explains the behavior without the psychological jargon and academic citations.

Steve Caresser

Dr Jennings, what genre is your book Breaking the Silence of the Lambs?

Jack Apsche

Jack A. Apsche, Ed.D., ABPP

Jennings, Ph.D

Jerry L. Jennings, Ph.D.

Steve Caresser

Dr Apsche, the Gary Heidnik case is almost 30 years old. Why do you think it is still of interest today?

Jack Apsche

It’s one of those rare stories of extreme human behavior that makes us ask “why?” Jack the Ripper was 100 years before Heidnik and we still are hooked by the savage wonder of why anyone would be compelled to commit such acts.

Jennings, Ph.D

Yes, two topics come immediately to mind. The first is bullying and the prevention of violence. Gary Heidnik is a textbook example of the kid who is bullied at school and retreats into violent fantasies of revenge and power. If just one teacher or adult had stepped in to help Gary the boy, it could have prevented the development of Heidnik, the monstrous adult.

Steve Caresser

Dr Jennings, are there any themes in your book that are hot topics in the news today?

Jack Apsche

Jack A. Apsche, Ed.D., ABPP

Jennings, Ph.D

Jerry L. Jennings, Ph.D.

Steve Caresser

Dr Apsche, what’s the second topic?

Jack Apsche

The extremely high rate of suicide for our veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq. My long personal struggle to recover from the traumas of combat in Vietnam is a poignant description of how post-traumatic stress from combat can destroy lives. It is now forty years after Vietnam, and it’s sad to see us repeating the same failure to give mental health support to our physically and mentally wounded veterans and to see the same high rates of PTSD and suicide.

Jennings, Ph.D

If this book was only about Heidnik, I wouldn’t have been interested. To me, the essence of the book is the story of Jack’s redemption and courage. I see Jack’s struggle to recover from Vietnam as similar to the struggle of Holocaust survivors who, as teenagers and young adults, were profoundly traumatized by violence, death, and loss of hope. Although Jack’s post-traumatic stress disorder nearly destroyed him, his survival and recovery gives him an extraordinary perspective on the Heidnik case – and about humanity – that is ultimately positive and inspiring.

Steve Caresser

Dr. Jennings, I see you’ve written several memoirs of Holocaust survivors. Why write about a serial killer?

Jack Apsche

Jack A. Apsche, Ed.D., ABPP

Jennings, Ph.D

Actually, Jack needed no reminding because the process of revisiting his experiences during the Heidnik period of his life also caused a resurgence of painful PTSD memories and emotions from his combat years in Vietnam. I have to credit Jack for his integrity and willingness to go through that pain to make this book authentic and great. If anything, I was the one who was advising LESS candor and less openness.

Steve Caresser

Dr. Jennings, I admire candor from a writer. Jack is so open and honest about his shortcomings in this new eBook. I'm just wondering did you play a part in reminding Jack of some of the struggles he dealt with in his life?

Jack Apsche

Jack A. Apsche, Ed.D., ABPP

Jennings, Ph.D

Jerry L. Jennings, Ph.D.

Steve Caresser

Dr. Apsche, I have one last question! I had the pleasure of reading Breaking the Silence of the Lambs and I'm amazed at how well it is put together. So I'm wondering just how long Jerry and you have been friends?

Jack Apsche

I met Jerry exactly ten years ago when we worked together to set up a new treatment program for young sexual predators. We made a good team from the start and collaborated on several journal publications and two clinical textbooks in the years that followed. This project is the third book we have written together.

Jennings, Ph.D


Jerry L. Jennings, Ph.D.

Thank you Steve, have a good day too.

Steve Caresser

Dr. Jennings and Dr. Apsche, it is truly an honor to be surrounded by such a great writing team as you both are, and it is an honor to be part of the launching of one of the most exciting eBooks ever;

"Breaking the Silence of the Lambs"

Thank you both and have a nice day.

Jack Apsche


Jack A. Apsche, Ed.D., ABPP

Steve Caresser, you're welcome
and thank you too.

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