Rope: The Twisted Life and Crimes of Harvey Glatman

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JOURNEY TO THE KILLING GROUND

It was an age of innocence — an era of carhops, poodle skirts, and hula hoops. It was also a time of terror. In 1958, a man named Harvey Glatman sped along the Santa Ana freeway out of L.A., headed to the desert with his "date" huddled in the passenger seat beside him. In his pockets Harvey had a gun and a length of rope. Drunk on power, arousal, and rage, Harvey also had a plan. And beneath the desert stars, by the light of the moon, he carried out...

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JOURNEY TO THE KILLING GROUND

It was an age of innocence — an era of carhops, poodle skirts, and hula hoops. It was also a time of terror. In 1958, a man named Harvey Glatman sped along the Santa Ana freeway out of L.A., headed to the desert with his "date" huddled in the passenger seat beside him. In his pockets Harvey had a gun and a length of rope. Drunk on power, arousal, and rage, Harvey also had a plan. And beneath the desert stars, by the light of the moon, he carried out his ordeal of unimaginable cruelty — using his body, a camera, and his rope....

Months later, after one of his inhuman attacks went awry, Harvey's torture killings were described to a shocked and silent California courtroom. For decades, these infamous deeds would inspire television and movie plots. But until now, there has been no definitive account of the forces that drove one of America's most legendary serial killers. And never before has it been explained why, for Harvey Glatman, his crimes weren't about killing, raping, and torturing at all — they were all about the rope.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671017477
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 4.24 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Newton is the author of numerous fiction and nonfiction works, including Waste Land, Daddy Was the Black Dahlia Killer, and Cat and Mouse, all available from Pocket Books. A leading expert on serial murder, Newton lives with his wife in Nashville, Indiana.

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  • Posted June 30, 2009

    Not Too Good

    About the first half of this book is a real page turner. The writer reconstructs Harvey Glatman's atrocities in chronological order, interspersed with antecdotes and biographical morsels from the killer's twisted life.
    In the second half, (after the shocking photos) the whole thing goes to hell in a handbasket - Glatman is caught and the reader has to wade through his entire confession, which is nothing but a repetition of everything in the first half. Then, as if this isn't irksome enough, you get affidavits and all sorts of court documents and dull proceedings to keep you dozing off. Where are the editors? Where are the editors???

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