Psycho USA

Psycho USA

Famous American Killers You Never Heard of

eBook - 2012
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Shares the stories of lesser-known serial killers including "Mad Sculptor" Robert Irwin, "Tell-Tale Heart Killer" Peter Robinson, and "Man of Two Lives" Edward H. Ruloff, in an text that evaluates their mental statuses and motivations.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks, c2012
ISBN: 9780345524485
0345524489
Characteristics: 1 online resource : ill

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stewstealth
Feb 24, 2016

A collection of murderer's who made a name of themselves at the time but have since passed out of memory. This book certainly shows that mass, serial and family murders are not a recent phenomenon. The narrative is a bit disjointed due to the author's effort to keep each case concise. A very interesting inclusion which I never knew existed were the poems published at the time of the murders. Worth reading if you are interested.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
May 22, 2014

Is America undeniably "psycho"? Well, after reading Harold Schechter's book, Psycho U.S.A., I'm quite convinced (as you will be) that it is, and it always has been.

Starting from as far back as 1782 (and going right through into the 1960s), the contents of Schechter's well-researched book is based on fact, not fiction. This grisly-detailed book covers 200 glorious years (seemingly non-stop) of some of the most crazed and twisted killers (both men & women, alike) ever thought possible in the annals of U.S. history.

From the killing fiends of the early Republic, to the butchering maniacs of the post-Civil War, to the mass-murdering monsters of the Depression era, Psycho U.S.A. is a true-crime treasury that covers 32 all-but-forgotten killers whose wicked deeds were (at one time, or another) splattered all across the headlines of American newspapers from coast to coast.

So if dastardly demonic deeds by psycho-murderers sparks your interest, then Psycho U.S.A. is certainly well-worth a read (especially on a dark, stormy night).

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Gammaof2
Jul 06, 2013

Who knew there were so many psychos back in the17th-19th centuries! If you are a fan of true crime, especially murder, I highly suggest this true account. I only wish this library had more of Mr. Schecter's books.

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