More than 500 detailed case histories of serial killers from the 20th Century. This disturbing book describes their lives & their exploits without any varnish or puffery ( the chilling details speak for themselves. More than 60% of the killers described here have never been mentioned in a published book before. This huge book is an unforgettable chronicle of the world's most deranged homicidal maniacs.
"In the preface to this sui generis dictionary-encyclopedia, Newton argues that we are "in the midst of what one expert calls an `epidemic of homicidal mania.'" Not only are more people being murdered, but more are done in by killers who slaughter repeatedly, apparently as a sport. These miscreants could be said to be "hunting humans." That lurid image fortunately doesn't presage further luridness. Newton just tells the facts about 544 cases of serial murder throughout the world during this century. He lays them out in short biographies of known killers (e.g., Ted Bundy, Ed Gein), case histories of still unknown killers (e.g., California's "Zodiac" killer), and topical entries such as "Delaware--Unsolved Murders," "Hospital Murders--Maryland (1977-78)," etc. Reflecting either a higher national rate of serial murder or superior American crime reporting, 74 percent of the killers covered are U.S. residents. A grim but good popular reference work that will enthrall true crime aficionados. Bibliography. --Ray Olson"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
|| Port Townsend, Wash. :Loompanics Unlimited,1990
ii, 353 pages : portraits ; 29 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 351-353).