Origen made me curious enough to do additional research into the “Bedroom Strangler” and the theories proposed by Origen. That, to me, is a testament to Perry’s success in taking a real-life account and delivering a cautionary tale about the qualities of evil.

3 STAR REVIEW: ORIGEN by Peter Perry and Kathleen Sumpton

About The Book

Publication Date: June 8, 2021

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-story 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 1970s. 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.



The Review

The “Bedroom Strangler,” classified as the worst serial killer in Ontario history and Canada’s most dangerous criminal, wreaked havoc in the 1970s. In Origen, author Peter Perry reflects back when he was a gym manager and actually worked out with the man who later turned out to be the worst kind of predator.

Initially, my thought was that someone had forgotten to use the spell check feature on the title. That theory was soon disproved with a discussion regarding the concept of evil. The title actually comes from a third-century scholar, Origen of Alexandria, who theorized about demons. Did the perpetrator suffer from mental illness and/or partial possession? Perry leaves that up to the reader to decide, but he maintains the “Bedroom Strangler” had traits that are very hard to accept as “human.”

While the story itself was inspired by actual events, the author has changed the names, giving himself the persona of Mike Steele, an international powerlifting champion. Not all of the events depicted in the story actually happened. However, what is clear is that this predator was able to work out, party, and talk with others, not having any indication of his secret life.

From a structural standpoint, the story needs an editor’s touch. Because of the subject matter, it is essential for readers to be able to understand the nuances. Some of this is lost because of a shift from third-person to first-person—especially when there is only one character involved in the scene. A skilled editor can also handle other grammatical challenges, such as conversations with no ending quotation marks or improper word choices.

Origen made me curious enough to do additional research into the “Bedroom Strangler” and the theories proposed by Origen. That, to me, is a testament to Perry’s success in taking a real-life account and delivering a cautionary tale about the qualities of evil.Buy Links

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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 bodyweight 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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Origen made me curious enough to do additional research into the “Bedroom Strangler” and the theories proposed by Origen. That, to me, is a testament to Perry’s success in taking a real-life account and delivering a cautionary tale about the qualities of evil.3 STAR REVIEW: ORIGEN by Peter Perry and Kathleen Sumpton