Serial Killer Files: The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the World's Most Terrifying Murderers

Serial Killer Files: The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the World's Most Terrifying Murderers

by Harold Schechter
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Serial Killer Files: The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the World's Most Terrifying Murderers by Harold Schechter

THE DEFINITIVE DOSSIER ON HISTORY’S MOST HEINOUS!

Hollywood’s make-believe maniacs like Jason, Freddy, and Hannibal Lecter can’t hold a candle to real life monsters like John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and scores of others who have terrorized, tortured, and terminated their way across civilization throughout the ages. Now, from the much-acclaimed author of Deviant, Deranged, and Depraved, comes the ultimate resource on the serial killer phenomenon.

Rigorously researched and packed with the most terrifying, up-to-date information, this innovative and highly compelling compendium covers every aspect of multiple murderers–from psychology to cinema, fetishism to fan clubs, “trophies” to trading cards. Discover:

WHO THEY ARE: Those featured include Ed Gein, the homicidal mama’s boy who inspired fiction’s most famous Psycho, Norman Bates; Angelo Buono and Kenneth Bianchi, sex-crazed killer cousins better known as the Hillside Stranglers; and the Beanes, a fifteenth-century cave-dwelling clan with an insatiable appetite for human flesh

HOW THEY KILL: They shoot, stab, and strangle. Butcher, bludgeon, and burn. Drown, dismember, and devour . . . and other methods of massacre too many and monstrous to mention here.

WHY THEY DO IT: For pleasure and for profit. For celebrity and for “companionship.” For the devil and for dinner. For the thrill of it, for the hell of it, and because “such men are monsters, who live . . .
beyond the frontiers of madness.”

PLUS: in-depth case studies, classic killers’ nicknames, definitions of every kind of deviance and derangement, and much, much more.

For more than one hundred profiles of lethal loners and killer couples, Bluebeards and black widows, cannibals and copycats– this is an indispensable, spine-tingling, eye-popping investigation into the dark hearts and mad minds of that twisted breed of human whose crimes are the most frightening . . . and fascinating.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345472007
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/30/2003
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 103,714
File size: 18 MB
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About the Author

Harold Schechter is a professor of American literature and popular culture at Queens College of the City University of New York. He is widely celebrated for both fiction and true-crime writing, including The Devil's Gentleman and The Serial Killer Files. He is also the editor of the Library of America volume, True Crime: An American Anthology. He lives in Brooklyn and Mattituck, Long Island, with his wife, the poet Kimiko Hahn.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, I found it really interesting to kind of get into the head of some of the serial killers... It did really freak me out though, I was only able to read a few pages at a time because it's so disturbing...
_pie_ More than 1 year ago
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning about serial killers. It is very informative with great case studies.
SleeplessArt More than 1 year ago
Very informative!!! Loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can truly say that i enjoyed this book. The book was 405 pages long, and i finished it in three days. If you want to know all the information you need to know about infamous criminals, this is the 'go-to' book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A good history of serial killers, provides information on killers most people never knew existed. Their crimes and how horrific these people can be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not that big of a reader but will occassionally pick up a book. Once i picked this one up i couldn't put it down. Never heard of the author before but thought i'd give him a chance. so glad i did. this book is addicting. It gets to the real meat and potatoes of serial killers, their motives, and there sinister ways. Make sure you have the night free if you're going to start reading it. You won't wanna stop.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok - I love Harold Schecter. Every true crime book I have bought of his has been amazing and insightful. I'm not even half way through this book and it's one of the most interesting books I've read in quite awhile. If you've never read a Harold Schecter book, this is a good place to start. Buy the book and I'm sure you will be pleased by both his writing style and the content. A great writer and he's outdone himself this time. This book seems to have it all!
Sandy_Okeevis More than 1 year ago
Harold Schechter never fails. His research is thorough and he writes in a way that keeps me more than interested. I highly recommend this and all his other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read. I enjoyed every disturbing yet informative detail
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Interesting and very informative read.
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I aways wondered why some people kill multiple people and what made them do what they do, this book answers some of those questions. With the world becoming more and more violent this gives us some of the reasons why they crack. Although me not understanding why one would kill anyone it does give me a peek at their brains...now if we could just know stop these people before they start their killing we would be ahead.
KateDawg More than 1 year ago
about that "weird" neighbor of yours!! You won't find a story in this book, but you will find lots of interesting information on a variety of truly sick individuals.
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These people are the reason I'm still alive.
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