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The Serial Killer Files: The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the World's Most Terrifying Murderers Paperback – December 30, 2003
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Hollywood's make-believe maniacs like Jason, Freddy, and Hannibal Lecter can't hold a candle to real life monsters like John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and scores of others who have terrorized, tortured, and terminated their way across civilization throughout the ages. Now, from the much-acclaimed author of "Deviant, Deranged, and "Depraved, comes "the ultimate resource on the serial killer phenomenon.
Rigorously researched and packed with the most terrifying, up-to-date information, this innovative and highly compelling compendium covers every aspect of multiple murderers--from psychology to cinema, fetishism to fan clubs, "trophies" to trading cards. Discover:
WHO THEY ARE: Those featured include Ed Gein, the homicidal mama's boy who inspired fiction's most famous "Psycho, Norman Bates; Angelo Buono and Kenneth Bianchi, sex-crazed killer cousins better known as the Hillside Stranglers; and the Beanes, a fifteenth-century cave-dwelling clan with an insatiable appetite for human flesh
HOW THEY KILL: They shoot, stab, and strangle. Butcher, bludgeon, and burn. Drown, dismember, and devour . . . and other methods of massacre too many and monstrous to mention here.
WHY THEY DO IT: For pleasure and for profit. For celebrity and for "companionship." For the devil and for dinner. For the thrill of it, for the hell of it, and because "such men are monsters, who live . . .
beyond the frontiers of madness."
"PLUS: in-depth case studies, classic killers' nicknames, definitions of every kind of deviance and derangement, and much, much more.
For more than one hundred profiles of lethal loners and killercouples, Bluebeards and black widows, cannibals and copycats-- this is an indispensable, spine-tingling, eye-popping investigation into the dark hearts and mad minds of that twisted breed of human whose crimes are the most frightening . . . and fascinating.
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Praise for THE MAD SCULPTOR:
"Ambitious, bold, and evocative, Schechter's storytelling grabs the reader in a similar manner to Capote's searing In Cold Blood." --Publishers Weekly
"Perfect for readers who enjoy the stories of the sensationalistic press of the 1930s and its crass exploitation of the details of horrific murders." - Kirkus
Top Customer Reviews
The book's 402 pages of text are conveniently divided into 9 chapters plus 7 pages listing a rather thorough true-crime bibliography for about 100 individual cases, mostly SK-loners but perhaps 10% SK-couples or "family".
If this book is read cover-to-cover the reader encounters moderate redundancy -- but this is a literary devise seemingly required for the book's division into chapters which nicely explore all those elements of the lengthy sub-title (who, what, where, how and why) plus intriguing chapters on sadism, extreme perversions as cannibalism, methodology, profiling, and an exceptionally spirited coverage of SK culture.
This book is a treatise with cross-referencing of "everything you ever wanted to know about serial killers," with lots of gruesome details on lust-killers, torture, etc. Were one to choose a single book on SK, this one by Schechter stands out, and the price is right. The only technical error I noted was the name of the acids hydrochloric vs sulfuric (HCl page 265, and H2SO4 page 334) used by J. G. Haigh, the "Acid-Bath Killer".
Who, what, where, how en why ... You will find the answer in this book. Excellent for true crime addicts. 5 star
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Oh yes, I am a lady with raunchy humour, and a devient curiosity into the morbid. It is fascinating and educational. Read morePublished 8 days ago by rtesky2012
I loved this book when I read it in high school, so I bought it for my fiance to read. I bought it used. The book came with this creepy little inscription inside the front coverPublished 1 month ago by Katie Karlskin
This book was very interesting and informative. A great read.Published 2 months ago by Stephanie Kucharyski
I wonder why I read this book! Just to find there are crazier people than me!Published 2 months ago by Edith Tatum
So far, this has been a great information book I use along with my text books in my psychology & bevavioral science classes. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Daniel Davis
I'm not much on writing reviews as I keep them short. I will on this one too. This book, while very graphic, is excellent. Read morePublished 3 months ago by C. BRAZIL