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True Crime: An American Anthology
Harold Schechter

Library of America, 2008

Americans have had an uneasy fascination with crime since the earliest European settlements in the New World, and right from the start true crime writing became a dominant genre in American writing. True Crime: An American Anthology offers the first comprehensive look at the many ways in which American writers have explored crime in a multitude of aspects: the dark motives that spur it, the shock of its impact on society, the effort to make ...
  
  











  



  
Deviant: The Shocking True Story of Ed Gein, the Original Psycho
Harold Schechter

Gallery Books, 1998

Known for meticulously researched and brilliantly detailed accounts of horrific true crime legends, Harold Schechter takes readers inside the very heart and mind of true evil. Here is the grisly truth of Ed Gein, the killer whose fiendish fantasies inspired Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho' - the mild mannered farmhand bound to his dominating mother, driven into a series of gruesome and bizarre acts beyond all imagining. In chilling detail, DEVIANT ...
  
  











  



  
Panzram A Journal of Murder

Amok Pr, 2002

A detailed memoir and self-analysis by a mass murderer. Panzram was born in 1891 on a Minnesota farm and died in 1930 on the gallows at the U.S.Penitentiary, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Imprisoned for most of his life from the age of twelve and brutally punished, Panzram's keen insight into the arbitrary cruelty of his fellow human being is graphically illustrated with a litany of prison abuses, as well as the details of his own sordid, tragic ...
  
  











  



  
Deranged: The Shocking True Story of America's Most Fiendish Killer!
Harold Schechter

Gallery Books, 1998

The true story of the uniquely repellent and shockingly callous killer, Albert Fish, and the New York murders of the 1920s.
  
  











  



  
The Mad Sculptor: The Maniac, the Model, and the Murder that Shook the Nation
Harold Schechter

New Harvest, 2014

Beekman Place, once one of the most exclusive addresses in Manhattan, had a curious way of making it into the tabloids in the 1930s: “SKYSCRAPER SLAYER,” “BEAUTY SLAIN IN BATHTUB” read the headlines. On Easter Sunday in 1937, the discovery of a grisly triple homicide at Beekman Place would rock the neighborhood yet again—and enthrall the nation. The young man who committed the murders would come to be known in the annals of American ...
  
  











  



  
Discoveries: Fifty Stories of the Quest

Oxford University Press, 1992

Reflecting today's growing emphasis on multiculturalism, the second edition of this remarkably successful anthology offers twelve additional contributions from the new generation of writers currently revitalizing the short story form, including Amy Tan, Bharati Mukherjee, R.K. Narayan, Stephen Milhauser, Ellen Gilchrist, and Patrick McGrath. Organized around the successive stages of humanity's most durable myth, the hero's quest narrative ...
  
  











  



  
The A to Z Encyclopedia of Serial Killers
Harold Schechter

Gallery Books, 2006

Bestselling true-crime writer Harold Schechter, a leading authority on serial killers, and coauthor David Everitt offer a guided tour through the bizarre and blood-chilling world of serial murder. Through hundreds of detailed entries that span the entire spectrum -- the shocking crimes, the infamous perpetrators, and much more -- they examine all angles of a gruesome cultural phenomenon that grips our imagination. From Art (both by and ...
  
  











  



  
The Whole Death Catalog: A Lively Guide to the Bitter End
Harold Schechter

Ballantine Books, 2009

In the tradition of Mary Roach’s bestselling Stiff and Jessica Mitford’s classic exposé The American Way of Death comes this meticulously researched, refreshingly irreverent, and lavishly illustrated look at death from acclaimed author Harold Schechter. With his trademark fearlessness and bracing sense of humor, Schechter digs deep into a wealth of sources to unearth a treasure trove of surprising facts, amusing anecdotes, practical ...
  
  











  



  
Fiend: The Shocking True Story Of America's Youngest Serial Killer
Harold Schechter

Gallery Books, 2000

A MONSTER PREYED UPON THE CHILDREN OF NINETEENTH-CENTURY BOSTON. HIS CRIMES WERE APPALLING -- AND YET HE WAS LITTLE MORE THAN A CHILD HIMSELF. When fourteen-year-old Jesse Pomeroy was arrested in 1874, a nightmarish reign of terror over an unsuspecting city came to an end. "The Boston Boy Fiend" was imprisoned at last. But the complex questions sparked by his ghastly crime spree -- the hows and whys of vicious juvenile crime -- were as ...
  
  











  



  
The Serial Killer Files: The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the World's Most Terrifying Murderers
Harold Schechter

Ballantine Books, 2003

THE DEFINITIVE DOSSIER ON HISTORY’S MOST HEINOUS! 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 ...
  
  











  



  
Killer Colt: Murder, Disgrace, and the Making of an American Legend
Harold Schechter

Ballantine Books, 2010

With such acclaimed works as The Devil’s Gentleman , Harold Schechter has earned renown as the dean of true-crime historians. Now, in this gripping account of driving ambition, doomed love, and brutal murder in an iconic American family, Schechter again casts his gaze into the sinister shadows of gaslit nineteenth-century New York City. In September 1841, a grisly discovery is made aboard a merchant ship docked in lower Manhattan: Deep in ...
  
  











  



  
The A to Z Encyclopedia of Serial Killers (Pocket Books True Crime)
Harold Schechter

Pocket, 1997

Serial killers have never enjoyed a firmer grip on the nation's imagination. A steady stream of horrific crimes have made serial murder a subject of both tabloid attention and serious study. With hundreds of entries spanning the entire spectrum of serial murder, this comprehensive resource examines these shocking crimes, and their infamous practicioners, from every angle.
  
  











  



  
Fatal : The Poisonous Life of a Female Serial Killer
Harold Schechter

Pocket Star, 2003

They call nurses 'angels of mercy' - and to all appearances, Jane Toppan fit that description. Besides her obvious competence, she seemed to be a sensitive, sympathetic woman who had worked for some of Boston's best families. Of course, none of her employers know anything about Jane's early years. They didn't know about her mother's tragic death when Jane was just an infant - or her father's subsequent insanity, which impelled him to stitch his ...
  
  











  



  
The Devil's Gentleman: Privilege, Poison, and the Trial That Ushered in the Twentieth Century
Harold Schechter

Ballantine Books, 2007

From renowned true-crime historian Harold Schechter, whom The Boston Book Review hails as “America’s principal chronicler of its greatest psychopathic killers,” comes the riveting exploration of a notorious, sensational New York City murder in the 1890s, the fascinating forensic science of an earlier age, and the explosively dramatic trial that became a tabloid sensation at the turn of the century. Death was by poison and came in the ...
  
  











  



  
Psycho USA: Famous American Killers You Never Heard Of
Harold Schechter

Ballantine Books, 2012

AMERICA’S MOST COLD-BLOODED!   In the horrifying annals of American crime, the infamous names of brutal killers such as Bundy, Dahmer, Gacy, and Berkowitz are writ large in the imaginations of a public both horrified and hypnotized by their monstrous, murderous acts. But for every celebrity psychopath who’s gotten ink for spilling blood, there’s a bevy of all-but-forgotten homicidal fiends studding the bloody margins of U.S. history. ...
  
  











  



  
The Manly Handbook
David Everitt, Harold Schechter

Berkley Trade, 1982

If you don't wear designer jeans, stay up until all hours to watch Robert Conrad reruns, instantly switch stations when a Barry Manilow song comes on the radio, daydream about leading a commando attack against the Richard Simmons Show and aren't French...then this book is for you! This humorous classic will teach you all you need to know about acceptable manly conduct. It covers everything from style, making friends, fighting, food, media and ...
  
  











  



  
Bestial: The Savage Trail of a True American Monster
Harold Schechter

Pocket Star, 2004

Known for meticulously researched and brilliantly detailed accounts of horrific true crime legends, Harold Schechter takes readers inside the very heart and mind of true evil. As an infant, Earle Leonard Nelson possessed the power to unsettle his elders. As a child he was unnaturally obsessed with the Bible; before he reached puberty he had an insatiable, aberrant sex drive. By his teens, even Earle's own family had reason to fear him. But no ...
  
  











  



  
Depraved: The Definitive True Story of H.H. Holmes, Whose Grotesque Crimes Shattered Turn-of-the-Century ...
Harold Schechter

Gallery Books, 2008

The heinous bloodlust of Dr. H.H. Holmes is notorious -- but only Harold Schechter's Depraved tells the complete story of the killer whose evil acts of torture and murder flourished within miles of the Chicago World's Fair. "Destined to be a true crime classic" (Flint Journal, MI), this authoritative account chronicles the methods and madness of a monster who slipped easily into a bright, affluent Midwestern suburb, where no one suspected the ...
  
  











  



  
Killer Verse: Poems of Murder and Mayhem (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets)

Everyman's Library, 2011

Killer Verse: Poems of Murder and Mayhem is a spine-tingling collection of terrifically creepy poems about the deadly art of murder. The villains and victims who populate these pages range from Cain and Abel and Bluebeard and his wives to Lizzie Borden, Jack the Ripper, and Mafia hit men. The literary forms they inhabit are just as varied, from the colorful melodramas of old Scottish ballads to the hard-boiled poetry of twentieth-century noir, ...
  
  











  



  
Conversation Pieces: Poems That Talk to Other Poems (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets)

Everyman's Library, 2007

This utterly delightful anthology gathers poetic responses to other poems in a dialogue conducted across space and time. Here are poems that answer, argue with, update, elaborate on, mock, interrogate, or pay tribute to poems of the past. We hear Leda's view of the Swan; feel sympathy for La Belle Dame sans Merci, and find out how Marvell's coy mistress might have answered his appeal. Raleigh's famous reply to Marlowe's "The Passionate ...
  
  











  








   



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