By Harold Schechter
The Serial Killer FilesHarold SchechterTHE DEFINITIVE file ON HISTORY'S so much HEINOUS!Hollywood's make-believe maniacs like Jason, Freddy, and Hannibal Lecter cannot carry a candle to genuine lifestyles monsters like John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and ratings of others who've terrorized, tortured, and terminated their method throughout civilization during the a long time. Now, from the much-acclaimed writer of Deviant, Deranged, and wicked, comes the last word source at the serial killer phenomenon.Rigorously researched and jam-packed with the main terrifying, updated details, this leading edge and hugely compelling compendium covers each point of a number of murderers-from psychology to cinema, fetishism to fan golf equipment, "trophies" to buying and selling playing cards. Discover:WHO they're: these featured contain Ed Gein, the homicidal mama's boy who encouraged fiction's most famed Psycho, Norman Bates; Angelo Buono and Kenneth Bianchi, sex-crazed killer cousins higher referred to as the Hillside Stranglers; and the Beanes, a fifteenth-century cave-dwelling extended family with an insatiable urge for food for human fleshHOW THEY KILL: They shoot, stab, and strangle. Butcher, bludgeon, and burn. Drown, dismember, and consume . . . and different equipment of bloodbath too many and big to say here.WHY THEY DO IT: For excitement and for revenue. For star and for "companionship. For the satan and for dinner. For the fun of it, for the hell of it, and since "such males are monsters, who stay . . .beyond the frontiers ofmadness.PLUS: in-depth case experiences, vintage killers' nicknames, definitions of each form of deviance and derangement, and masses, a lot more.For a couple of hundred profiles of deadly loners and killer undefined, Bluebeards and black widows, cannibals and copycats- this is often an fundamental, spine-tingling, eye-popping research into the darkish hearts and mad minds of that twisted breed of human whose crimes are the main scary . . . and engaging.
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