The Mad Bomber of New York: The Extraordinary True Story of the Manhunt That Paralyzed a City

The Mad Bomber of New York: The Extraordinary True Story of the Manhunt That Paralyzed a City

by Michael M. Greenburg

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ISBN-13: 9781402789526
Publisher: Union Square Press
Publication date: 04/05/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 455,064
File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Prologue: War and Peace xi

I "A Real Boom Town" 1

II Hell Gate 13

III The Seeds of Madness 21

IV "Selected by Destiny" 34

V "A Man with a Hammer" 39

VI Chasing Shadows 60

VII The "Twelfth Street Prophet" 69

VIII "The Greatest Manhunt in the History of the Police Department" 74

IX A City in Turmoil 80

X Profile of a Bomber 85

XI Christmas in Manhattan 104

XII "An Innocent and Almost Absurdly Simple Thing" 109

XIII "Plenty of Whacks" 113

XIV "The Four Fishermen" 123

XV Alice Kelly 143

XVI "The Price of Peace" 150

XVII "Your Next Door Neighbor" 162

XVIII Rewards, Accolades, and Accusations 171

XIX A Question of Competency 184

XX "As Plain as the Nose on Your Face" 199

XXI "His Days on Earth are Numbered" 205

XXII The Birth of Criminal Profiling 212

XXIII Right from Wrong 220

XXIV Matteawan 225

Epilogue 241

Acknowledgments 245

Author's Note on Sources 247

Notes 248

Bibliography 293

Index 305

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The Mad Bomber of New York: The Extraordinary True Story of the Manhunt That Paralyzed a City 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
meggyweg on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is an excellent piece of "creative nonfiction." George Metesky's reign of terror was world-famous at the time, but nearly forgotten today, and this is the only full-length book I've found on his case. The author covers Metesky's life, the development of mental illness, his dispute with Con. Ed. and his resulting crimes, as well as the police effort, criminal profiling and journalist/police cooperation that lead to his capture.In spite of his dangerousness and lack of remorse I had to feel sorry for Metesky -- he was so pathetic. And I felt even sorrier knowing that, had he committed the bomb spree today, he would not have been judged insane but would have been thrown into a prison cell for life, which was not the best place for him.Anyone interested in historical true crime, or New York City history, would enjoy this book. It might be a good vocab builder too, with lines like: "The early dusk of winter had cast its tenebrous veil upon the office, though the men had seemingly failed to notice."
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