Truth titillates the imagination far less than fiction.
Posted 10 March 2006 - 08:55 PM
Books are my passion, and at the moment I’m into true crimes.
The best I have yet read is called: THE SERIAL KILLER FILES: The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the World’s Most Terrifying Murderersby Harold Schechter.
This is an amazing read. But with 423 pages it’s not a light read, or for the light hearted; it’s very, very graphic.
To wet your appetite, here is its list of contents…
CONTENTS Title Page Dedication Half Title Page Introduction ONE: WHAT IT MEANS Origin of the Term Definitions Categories of Carnage: Serial/Mass/Spree Psychopath vs. Psychotic Psychopaths: The Mask of Sanity “Moral Insanity” Psychotics: The Living Nightmare Beyond Madness TWO: WHO THEY ARE Ten Traits of Serial Killers Warning Signs How Smart Are Serial Killers? Male and Female Angels of Death Black Widows Deadlier Than the Male Black and White Young and Old Straight and Gay Bloodthirsty “Bi”s Partners in Crimes Folie à Deux Killer Couples The Family That Slays Together Married with Children Bluebeards Work and Play Uncivil Servants Killer Cops Medical Monsters Nicknames Serial Killers International THREE: A HISTORY OF SERIAL MURDER Serial Murder: Old as Sin Grim Fairy Tales Serial Slaughter Through the Ages FOUR: GALLERY OF EVIL—TEN AMERICAN MONSTERS Lydia Sherman Belle Gunness H. H. Holmes Albert Fish Earle Leonard Nelson Edward Gein Harvey Murray Glatman John Wayne Gacy Gary Heidnik Jeffrey Dahmer FIVE: SEX AND THE SERIAL KILLER Perversions Sadism The Man Who Invented Sadism Science Looks at Sadism Wilhelm Stekel de River and Reinhardt Disciples of De Sade Dominance Fetishism Transvestism Vampirism Cannibalism Necrophilia Pedophilia Gerontophilia The World’s Worst Pervert SIX: WHY THEY KILL Atavism Brain Damage Child Abuse Mother Hate Bad Seed Mean Genes Adoption Fantasy Bad Books, Malignant Movies, Vile Videos Pornography Profit Celebrity Copycats The Devil Made Me Do It SEVEN: EVIL IN ACTION Triggers Hunting Grounds Prey Targets of Opportunity Snares “Wanted: Well-Built Man for Slaughter” Signature, Ritual, MO Methods Rippers Stranglers Ax Murderers Poisoners Shooters Taunts Escalation Torture Trophies Disposal EIGHT: HOW IT ENDS Profiling Origins The Mind Hunters How It Works Capture Psychics Suicide Punishment NGRI (Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity) Unsolved NINE: SERIAL KILLER CULTURE Fun with Serial Killers Art Music Film Literature Humor Murderbilia Tourist Spots Groupies
Has anyone read this book? Or have you any good suggestions for my next read?
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Posted 14 March 2006 - 05:38 PM
[quote name='Sweetpumper' date='Mar 13 2006, 12:38 PM' post='1102613'] Try "The Shoemaker: Anatomy of a Psychotic". I'm sure it's out of print, but it's a great read.
It may be out of print, but you can still buy it on Amazon, I just bought a copy for $5.40. Thanks for the suggestion. I also got Capote's, sounds interesting. Thanks for the suggestions...
Yelekiah: I also picked up A Portrait of a Killer, but, I thought Patricia Cornwell just wrote novels.... I didn't know she also wrote true crime?? I guess you learn something new everyday......
P.S. If you like quirky little reads, another good one is Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil. It does not read like your average true crime and you know the guy did it from the start. But the atmosphere of the book and the quirkiness really make it a good read.
My favourite true crime book would have to be 'Body of Evidence' by Brian Innes.
this is taken from Amazon.com
This fast-paced, authoritative book offers a compelling look at the way scientific techniques have helped investigators solve some of the most famous crimes in history. More than 100 true crime cases discussed.
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Posted 20 March 2006 - 04:03 AM
if you like serial killers there is a web site i think it's just called serial killers that lists them and what happened with photos etc...it even updates them if something new were to happen like with the BTK killer....
Other then that true crime stores about Lizzie Borden are usually good as well as the old ones like helter skelter...but everyone has read that i think
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I also recommend Patrica's Jack the Ripper book! Also anything by Lowell Cauffiel! His books are awesome! The research put into his books are amazing, it's almost like your reading a fiction story! I don't remember the name of it, but he wrote a book about some lezbian killer nurses which was great! Also his House of Secret's is quite a freaky tale! Check out not only Vincent Bugliosi's Helter Skelter, but And the Sea Will Tell. Hope that helps, there's some good reading there! stv
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Posted 21 March 2006 - 01:41 AM
"Helter Skelter" by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry, this book was my first reading encounter with a sick and murderous mind. It scared the hell out of me.
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