Murders in the United States: Crimes, Killers and Victims of the Twentieth Century

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From the assassination of President William McKinley on September 6, 1901, to the mass killing at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, the 20th century saw many murderous events that are difficult to contemplate but have become a part of the national history.

This reference book is divided into three parts. Part One, arranged chronologically, details 53 of the most famous murder cases of the 20th century in the United States. In Part Two, over 300 entries (alphabetically arranged by criminal) provide descriptions of crimes and are subdivided into male, female, and juvenile murderers; pair and group murderers; hate crime murderers; and school killings. Part Three features crime events related to over 40 selected victims. Cross references guide the reader to additional information. An index is included.

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"Manages to avoid sensationalism"
This reference for practitioners and scholars of criminal justice and the interested reader examines the crime of murder in the United States in the 20th century. Brief summaries of 53 significant murder cases are organized by decade in the first section. The second section presents over 300 profiles of male, female, juvenile, group, hate crime, and school murderers. The final section contains information on the murders of more than 40 notable victims such as John F. Kennedy, Marvin Gaye, and JonBenet Ramsey. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786420759
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Edition description: ALT
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

R. Barri Flowers is a literary criminologist and mystery novelist with nearly 40 books and numerous articles to his credit. He is a recipient of the Wall of Fame Award from Michigan State University's renowned School of Criminal Justice. H. Loraine Flowers is a crime researcher, and author of children's books.

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  • Posted December 21, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Murder in the United States is an interesting book for students and adults interested in our criminal history in the twentieth century. Some of cases like the famous criminal Al Capone or the murders of the Mason family are observed in the book. Also this book could be useful for people interested in forensic science because it provides insight on crime scenes and how they might look like, how it was handled, and future justice towards criminals. An example of this was the O.J. Simpson trail and all of the evidence and media attention the case recieved. This book grabs the reader attention by explaning each decades famous criminal cases. Murder in the United States also divides cases of many killers into categories along with their gender. These categories are organized crime killers, killers of celebrities, killers of children, sex killers, etc. All of these categories makes the reader want to read more and more about the criminals and their victims outcomes. A case that interested me in this way was the Lonely Hearts Murders. Finally the last section of the book, in Murders in the United States, Crimes, Killers, and Victims of the Twentieth Century explains many victims throughtout the century. This section tells of adult and child victims in the many cases explained in the book. From being mutilated or sexually assaulted each victim story is examined. Fromgruesome killings to insane cases the Murder in the United States Crimes, Killers, and Victims of the Twentieth Century captures the readers attention throughout the book. But at the same time educates the reader with criminal history and attempts to give motive to each case.

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