Psycho USA

Psycho USA

Famous American Killers You Never Heard of

Book - 2012
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In the horrifying annals of American crime, the infamous names of brutal killers such as Bundy, Dahmer, Gacy, and Berkowitz are writ large in the imaginations of a public both horrified and hypnotized by their monstrous, murderous acts. But for every celebrity psychopath who's gotten ink for spilling blood, there's a bevy of all-but-forgotten homicidal fiends studding the bloody margins of U.S. history. The law gave them their just desserts, but now the hugely acclaimed author of The Serial Killer Files and The Whole Death Catalog gives them their dark due in this absolutely riveting true-crime treasury. Among America's most cold-blooded you'll meet
* Robert Irwin, "The Mad Sculptor": He longed to use his carving skills on the woman he loved--but had to settle for making short work of her mother and sister instead.
* Peter Robinson, "The Tell-Tale Heart Killer": It took two days and four tries for him to finish off his victim, but no time at all for keen-eyed cops to spot the fatal flaw in his floor plan.
* Anton Probst, "The Monster in the Shape of a Man": The ax-murdering immigrant's systematic slaughter of all eight members of a Pennsylvania farm family matched the savagery of the Manson murders a century later.
* Edward H. Ruloff, "The Man of Two Lives": A genuine Jekyll and Hyde, his brilliant scholarship disguised his bloodthirsty brutality, and his oversized brain gave new meaning to "mastermind."
Spurred by profit, passion, paranoia, or perverse pleasure, these killers--the Witch of Staten Island, the Smutty Nose Butcher, the Bluebeard of Quiet Dell, and many others--span three centuries and a host of harrowing murder methods. Dramatized in the pages of penny dreadfuls, sensationalized in tabloid headlines, and immortalized in "murder ballads" and classic fiction by Edgar Allan Poe and Theodore Dreiser, the demonic denizens of Psycho USA may be long gone to the gallows--but this insidiously irresistible slice of gothic Americana will ensure that they'll no longer be forgotten.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks, c2012
ISBN: 9780345524478
Branch Call Number: 364.152 S31p
Characteristics: xiii, 396 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Mar 10, 2018

America is the psycho capital of the world - And this book proves it.

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.

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).

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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