The Brooklyn Thrill-Kill Gang and the Great Comic Book Scare of the 1950s

The Brooklyn Thrill-Kill Gang and the Great Comic Book Scare of the 1950s

by Mariah Adin


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What caused four recently bar mitzvahed middle-class youths to go on a crime spree of assault and murder in 1954? This book provides a compelling narrative retelling of the boys, their crimes, and a U.S. culture obsessed with juvenile delinquency.

• Tells a fascinating true crime story involving murder, juvenile delinquency, secret sexualities, and obscene comic books from a time in American history often portrayed as idyllic and innocent

• Provides revealing insights into the anxieties of the post-Holocaust Jewish-American community

• Supplies a new angle on the Great Comic Book Scare and the anti-comics movement

• Based on original, archival research using materials that have never been published

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440833724
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/31/2014
Pages: 167
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Mariah Adin, PhD, is a Fulbright Scholar, historian, and writer specializing in juvenile delinquency and modern American history.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

1 The Crime 1

2 The Gang 13

3 A Dangerous Age 25

4 Confessions 39

5 Yiddishkeit 53

6 Enter the Good Doctor 65

7 The Trial 77

8 Four Little Bad Boys 91

9 The Fallout 103

Epilogue 121

Notes 125

Index 163

What People are Saying About This

Eric C. Schneider

"Mariah Adin's engrossing account about a crime spree by four Brooklyn adolescents, dubbed the 'Thrill Kill Gang,' belongs on the bookshelf of anyone interested in youth culture and the history of postwar America. Adin uses their first-degree murder trial to examine American anxiety about delinquency in the 1950s, questions about Jewish identity and assimilation in the aftermath of the Holocaust, and concerns about masculinity and its appropriate expression."

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