Monday, September 20, 2021

NBTM Virtual Book Tour + #Giveaway: Origen: A True Story of Evil by Peter Perry and Kathleen Sumpton @GoddessFish

Origen: A True Story of Evil

by Peter Perry and Kathleen Sumpton

GENRE: True-Crime


Have you ever come face to face with the devil? In a tapestry of sports, business, and dating, there is an evil presence that is not quite visible to anyone: The Bedroom Strangler. A serial killer that scales fifteen storey buildings, enters through the balcony, and stealthily slithers under the bedroom bed, with the sole intent of raping and murdering innocent women in their sleep. He has been classified as the worst serial killer in Ontario history and Canada's most dangerous criminal ever, operating at the height of London's 40 year serial killer period, from 1974 - 1978.

The Bedroom Strangler is a member of a gym. It is the same gym the protagonist managed during the 1970's. Members of the gym trained and worked out together, never knowing their friend's true nature. In fact, Mike even introduced the killer to a female member friend at a gym party, a woman who lived in the same building as the murderer; a woman who would become his last victim. As a result of unprecedented tactics by police, Mike ends up becoming part of the investigation—but will he be able to stop this evil predator? It took 40 years to write this story and it's important to remember that this story is being told by someone who was there.

Origen: A True Story of Evil truly began when Mike's real-life persona, Peter J. Perry, was just 17 years old. At the time, he was just a student of St. Mary's College in Sault St. Marie who would carry out heated discussions with a priest, Father Lawlor, about the existence of the devil. Father Lawlor tells him that one day he might meet someone so evil, he will surely know the devil exists, and maybe he will do some good by it. And we will. Part of the proceeds of this novel are being contributed to good causes to respect both the victims and Father Lawlor.

The novel's title reflects a belief about the dynamic forms of energy as Origen believed that demons can take human form and humans can also be demonized. What follows is inspired by true events. All the names of characters have been changed and many of the events happened, although not all.

This painting of the gym scene, the dating scene, the underground fighting martial arts scene, the psychiatric scene, and Origen's beliefs may cause you to rethink the devil. If you dare to read the contents of this book, you can come to your own conclusion: Is there more to evil than what we think?

Based on an original screenplay by Peter Perry and Geoff Hart.

Property of the Origen Foundation Inc.


Perfect.” Detective Williams stands on the scene looking down on the latest murder victim; a young blonde whose eye colour is now unknown. He glances around the room and at the other two lieutenants. Jenkins holds his stare. The gruff lieutenant next to Jenkins looks away. “Not a speck of dust. Not a single misplaced hair,” Williams says, walking about the room. He puts on a glove and reaches out to touch the girl’s hand. Her skin is cold.

Did the medical examiner give a time of death?” Jenkins asks the other lieutenant.

The gruff lieutenant checks his notes. “He estimates between twenty-four to thirty hours ago.”

Williams looks up in surprise. “So, she died yesterday, early morning, before sunrise?” He questions the lieutenant.

Jenkins nods, a look of disdain on her face. “You’ve been right all along. Consistent pattern. Too consistent to be coincidence. It’s definitely him. Apartment looks cleaner than is realistically plausible. It’s as though no one even lived here... It’s him. He was here,” Jenkins tells him. She taps her pen on her notebook periodically as she speaks. A nervous tick. Williams notices she wants this killer caught just as much as he does.

Williams nods in agreement. Being vindicated is a hollow victory. All along, he has been hoping for some monumental turn of events to prove him wrong. In his heart, he knows he will never be that lucky. But here they are, gathered around another crime scene, the truth slowly revealing itself.

Should we talk it through just to be thorough?” Jenkins asks. “The deaths are becoming more frequent. We have to get this right,” she says adamantly. Williams agrees wholeheartedly.

Williams himself isn’t opposed to it. What if it is something completely new? Something unprecedented like bad sleeping pills or a breakout of something viral. There is always that chance. But if that were the case, why only females? He doubted a virus would be selective. Williams gestures for Jenkins to start.

If the room hadn’t been cleaned thoroughly, wouldn’t there be little blonde hairs everywhere from her brushing her hair before she went to bed?” Jenkins wonders aloud to the room.

If not here in the bed, there would be at least some in the bathroom,” Williams adds.

Jenkins continues. “Wouldn’t there be a sock, or perhaps a bra or something, lost behind the bed? Something out of place somewhere in the bedroom of a student who doesn’t have time to look after such things because she’s either too busy studying or partying.”

The gruff lieutenant feels compelled to interject. “If she had sex recently, how do we prove it was from her killer, and not just someone she was partying with?” Williams could tell the lieutenant came to work for an easy paycheck and would prefer not to do all the hard work that was part of the job.

It was a good question, but Williams has the answer.

We can check for evidence of necrophilia,” Jenkins states solemnly before Williams can answer.

He might not have had sex with her while she was alive. In fact, he likely did it after she was dead.”

The gruff lieutenant tries not to seem shocked by the answer, but Williams can tell he is.

The troubling question is: how is he getting access?” Williams points out. “Death doesn’t typically swoop down in the black of night and take perfectly healthy twenty-something females. These are girls who eat right, exercise, hold down jobs, go to school. There are more patterns emerging as his MO and signature grow. What I am worried about is the next step.”

Interview for Origen: A True Story of Evil

What book that you have read has most influenced your life?

The book that most influenced my life was: People of the Lie by Scott Peck. The book chronicles a psychiatrist's perspective of extreme personality types. These personality types consistently scapegoat others for their faults and refuse to acknowledge their own failings. They lie, and learn how to tell people what people want to hear. But this thin veneer they've created to mimic human behavior, is just a facade. At their core, they are full of contempt. And in the entire history of psychiatry, no therapy has succeeded on them.

Can you tell us something about your book that is not in the summary?

Most novels that are based off a true story are only loosely based off actual events.  The interesting thing about the book I wrote is that many aspects in it are real. Things may not have happened in conjunction with other things, (or they may have occurred at a different times or places), but individually they're true.

When writing a book do you find that writing comes easy for you or is it a difficult task?

It took me several decades before writing began, but once I started, the story threads wove together easily. My routine was to wake up every morning and to immediately start.  After two hours of writing, I might take a break to get a drink. My goal was always to get as much done as early in the day as possible, then switch to more critical thinking, proofread, make corrections and edits. Not everyone does it this way. Some are night writers and do everything I stated above, only in reverse.

What is your favorite childhood book?

My favorite childhood book was Grimm's Fairy Tails. Maybe it was because I knew that, one day, I was going to meet someone as scary as the monsters found in those myths.

What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?

This book was something that I felt I needed to write because of how insidious the serial killer was.  At one point, just like in the novel, I argued to investigators that there was no way my friend was killing people. It didn't make sense to me logically.  What I had not counted on was that people who commit these types of crimes, don't think the same way I do (or a normal person does). In cases like this, there's often a belief that the friend is incapable of doing the things they're accused of. But the fact is, these extreme personalities exist. They may be rare, but they're among us. So when your intuition is screaming at you that something is amiss, try to listen.  Don't reject notions just because they seem too far fetched.  I'm not saying jump to conclusions, but if things continue to happen and enough evidence starts to accumulate, don't give the other person the benefit of the doubt. It's only natural to think the best of people, especially our friends, but not everyone is worthy of our friendship. So if you sense nefarious intentions, be on guard. Some people are very good at hiding what they are.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

PETER J. PERRY’S athletic accomplishments include being an eight-time Canadian open powerlifting champion from 1976-1984. He won the North American powerlifting championship in 1979, and dedicated his trophy to the woman he promised he would dedicate it to in this novel, Jessica. Peter was also the U.S. deadlift champion in 1980, International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World Open fifth place in 1982, World Masters level-one drug-free powerlifting champion in 1991, and three-time Canadian Masters Powerlifting champion in the years 1991, 1992 and 1993. Best gym lifts certified by the IPF judge are: squat at 750 lbs, bench press at 450 lbs and deadlift at 775 lbs at a body weight of 208 lbs. Knee wraps and squat suit plus a lifting belt were the only pieces of equipment used.

Peter founded Peter Perry Insurance Agency LTD in 1978 and is still the operating president. The company is a London-based insurance and investment brokerage specializing in RRSPs, tax-free savings accounts, segregated funds, tax shelters, RRIFs & LIFs, creditor proofing, annuities, educational savings plans, GICs, and Mortgage insurances. Being a certified and award-winning independent brokerage allows Peter to custom-tailor financial portfolios to suit the specific needs of the client and easily make amendments as one journeys through the various stages of their life. Peter’s acclaimed background in health and fitness as a drug-free world & Canadian powerlifting champion makes him particularly mindful of retirement, health and long-term planning and incorporating all aspects of life into the advice he provides his clients. Click here to learn more about Peter’s athletic accomplishments.

Some interesting facts about Peter are that he was born in Toronto but grew up in Sault Ste. Marie. He became a St. Mary’s Knight due to his academics and sports and is a graduate of St. Mary’s College in Sault Ste. Marie. He was the manager of Vic Tanny’s gym from 1974 to 1978 before launching his insurance company and beginning a new career path.

KATHLEEN ELIZABETH SUMPTON is an advocate for the arts and often works with languages. With a passion for culture and a focus on communications, she is an Author. Poet, and Communications Professional with a primary focus on writing. She has a working background in fourteen different languages.

Her five-year plan is to secure two master’s degrees in English and business, followed by a PhD in English, while running her freelance business.

Her 10-year goal is to publish novels and other works in the genre of satire in order to strengthen communications locally and globally by discussing the proper use of language and terminology.

Her work brings awareness to large societal issues such as the criminal justice system, substance abuse, and mental health, a variety of topics everyone else is too afraid to talk about.

As a representative for members of the community as well as for her own projects, Kathleen hopes to enrich her surroundings with both the beauty and power writing holds. It is now her personal mission in life to provide meaning and entice insight through literature. When she is not busy with her work, you can find Kathleen enjoying the outdoors or spending time with family. Favourite hobbies are working out and people-watching. She operates out of Southern Ontario.









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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Rita Wray said...

I liked the excerpt.

Sherry said...

This sounds like an interesting book.

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