Award-winning author and columnist Michael Thomas Barry is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton and is a columnist for Crimemagazine.com. He is the author of six nonfiction books and is the recipient of numerous awards that include the 2014 Readers Favorite International Best Book Awards (gold medal).
In the Company of Evil-Thirty Years of California Crime, 1950-1980by Michael Thomas Barry
California's picturesque shores have always been a magnet for outcasts and criminals. Read about 64 of the most horrifying crimes ever committed in The Golden State, from the early 1950s into the 1980s. These accounts tell of man’s inhumanity toward his fellow man and provide an inside look at infamous serial killers, assassins, sadistic rapists, bank robbers, kidnappers, Satan worshippers, and a plethora of other notorious criminals. Revisit “The Sex Club Slaying,” “The Chowchilla School Bus Kidnapping,” and the “Real House on Haunted Hill.” Be glad you're not on the helpful list of "The Lonely Hearts Killer" or "Souls for Satan." Written in an accessible, chronological sequence and enhanced by over 60 photographs, each entry provides an overview of the crime, the parties involved, evidence gathered, and leading theories about solutions. This reference is indispensable for the study of the history of modern crime in California.
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A recounting of some of the infamous, and less well known murders haunting California in the last thirty years. Some of the cases were intriguing, but the information was short and not as extensive as I had hoped. It did lead me to find out more about the cases that intrigued me the most, and it’s a fairly decent guide. I would’ve preferred more details on the crimes, and less history of California, though. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
A gruesome seduction! Barry brings to light the most notorious serial killers, even the ones who have been long forgotten, as they were replaced by "new" or "current" serial killers. The fascination and seduction of such gruesome crimes bring to light how as a society we are almost desensitized. This book is a wonder and well written, and his first chapter starts with the killers of the 1950s, but read the prologue first. That is what enticed me the most about this book. It is not just about the killers, but about the victims, and the horror that they suffered. No one wakes up in the morning and knows that they will be killed by the end of the day. This book is absolutely captivating, if you like this sort of tale. (It's not wrong to admit that you do).