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Houses of Death (True Crime) [Kindle Edition]

Gordon Kerr
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Every neighbourhood has one ... a notorious "murder house" which was once the scene of a brutal and bloody crime. If the walls of number 25 Cromwell Street had ears, what horrifying acts would they have overheard during the occupancy of serial killers Fred and Rose West? Brutal torture sessions and grisly murders were a regular occurrence. Even after the evidence has been removed and the perpetrators imprisoned or executed, an aura of horror, fear and disgust can linger on for decades. Houses of Death provides an incredible insight into ordinary homes and institutional buildings that have played host to extraordinary events. It explores the infamous buildings, the murderers and victims who called them ‘home’, as well as the bizarre and bloody events that took place behind their closed doors.

Contents including:
Countess Erzsebet Bathory,Castle Csejthe; Eastern State Penitentiary; The Bender family log cabin; Sing Sing;
Lizzie Borden, 92 Second Street, Fall River; H H Holmes, The Murder Castle, Chicago; Newgate Prison; Lemp Mansion, St Louis; Bangkwang Prison, Thailand; Collingwood Manor Massacre; Washington State Penitentiary; John Christie, 10 Rillington Place; Ed Gein, Gein’s Farm, Plainfield, Wisconsin; Holloway Prison; Alcatraz; The Manson Family, 10050 Cielo Drive, Los Angeles; Jonestown; Fred and Rose West, 25 Cromwell Street; Jeffrey Dahmer, 213 Oxford Apartments;
Gary Heidnik, 3520 North Marshall Street; Ian Huntley, 5 College Close, Soham.


Product Details

  • File Size: 747 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Canary Press (February 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OYUEX6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,525 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars chapters are short and to the point December 21, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This covers an array of true crime from serial killers to school shootings to some lesser heard-about tragedies. Each chapter is direct and to the point which could leave some readers hoping for in-depth bios on characters or more details of the crimes. But if you only have short moments of time, it's the perfect read. There's a lot of details in the stories even if it doesn't cover ALL details. I would give it a 5-star except I'm one of those people who crave to know more. :P
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Cheap Book December 6, 2011
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Included very famous crimes, such as the Manson murders, and some that are not explored very often. A good true crime book, with a lot of details. Spans a very wide time frame- from the 1800's to the last 20 years. Overall, worth the price and a good read.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some I hadn't heard of before... January 6, 2012
By Woody
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Was great to hear so many stories and names I hadn't heard before. Also added details to some cases that I've read about several times. Some parts I wished for more details, but overall worth the read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic short stories, needs editing badly January 31, 2012
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This was a dollar well spent. Short true crime stories with much detail. My only complaint is the overuse of commas and some editing mistakes. Almost seems to have been written using Dragon Naturally speaking - the errors are mismatched words or words in place of words that sound similar. The editing aside, buy ut.. well worth the dollar.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars it's a good book for the price June 29, 2012
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For the .99 it was worth it but every prison he reviews is the worst one ever....... come on how can all the prisons be the worst one Pick one and stick to it I rated it a 3 because of this fact
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad February 25, 2012
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I felt there was too much of an emphasis on prisons. I assumed by "houses", it literally meant houses. BUT that and some editing mistakes, a good purchase!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great September 1, 2013
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This book was packed with information about each case and kept me interested despite my short attention span until the very last page.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Really, not worth your time. March 28, 2014
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Yeah, there are the well known murderers here in America covered in this book but you have probably seen more about these crimes on The A&E channel. For a True crime book, it is not a very well written book.The majority of the stories are about prisons if I remember correctly.

I have never posted a review that stated "Don't waste your time or money on this" but there's a first time for everything.

Didn't give it a one star since there was one story in this book that I had not heard about before so I did learn something from this book. Just didn't learn enough to justify the time and money spent reading it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative
The book was very detailed and described the past history of the murder's life. Also, what might have cause a person(s) to do these horrible acts.
Published 4 months ago by Vetgal
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I enjoyed this book a lot. The stories were brief and detailed. Anyone that enjoys mental health or true crime books must read.
Published 4 months ago by Amy
5.0 out of 5 stars Houses of killers
Loved this book. Considering I love reading about serial killers and the occult this book is perfect for me. I enjoyed reading about peoples temple and heavens gate! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Charlene
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad.
I actually enjoyed reading this book that has several different morbid stories. It wasn't all drawn out like other books.
Published 9 months ago by dekens
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Really entertaining book full of awesome morbid houses I want to visit someday. I think everyone should give this book a chance
Published 12 months ago by katy
3.0 out of 5 stars Houses of Death
This book was not proof read before being published. The mistakes stick out like a sore thumb!! Some of the stories are one sided instead of just telling the crime. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Lynn w
4.0 out of 5 stars Its been a while..
Since I read this book... but it was an easy read and pretty interesting... learned about a few murderers I had never heard of... For the price, I definitely think it is worth it!
Published 14 months ago by Soquel
3.0 out of 5 stars Could use more detail
It's not really very detailed for a true crime book, and not really very comprehensive either. It's not very expensive, though, so I guess it's worth a read.
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars To the point - No frills
From 'across the pond' view of world-wide events. Informative in a 'Cliff Note' sort of way. No pics, no maps, no geography. 'Facts' seems factual and not embellished.
Published 15 months ago by SHARON LUCILLE ALEXANDER
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror
I hope that there will be an updated book shortly. This book digs deeper into what happened than the news does and I like to read these books so maybe I can better understand why... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mary ballou
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More About the Author

Gordon Kerr was born in 1952 and brought up in the Scottish new town of East Kilbride. After graduating from Glasgow University, he lived in France before working in the wine trade in London for 18 years. He then worked for Waterstone's and Bloomsbury Publishing. He has written and edited more than 30 books in a variety of non-fiction genres - wine, history, biography, true crime, humour, art, poetry and travel. He has a wife and two children and lives in Hampshire and, when he can, southwest France.

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