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Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monstersby Peter Vronsky
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Peter Davidson, the author of Homicide Miami, the true crime story that inspired the film Pain and Gain, compiles the true stories of some of America's most notorious cannibal murderers.
THEY VIOLATED ONE OF CIVILIZED SOCIETYS MOST SACRED TABOOS.
Theyre an anathema even in the twisted world of serial murder. More frightening still, the cannibal killer has hidden behind a mask of normalcy, as witnessed in these shocking profiles of five American men who ate their victims . . .
Gary Heidnik, the financial wizard whose Philadelphia home was a dungeon of sexual slavery, torture, and diabolical feasts.
Albert Fentress, a mild-mannered schoolteacher who lured a teenage boy into the inescapable darkness of his secret obsessions.
John Weber, a country boy who found an outlet for his sick fantasies when he ate his teenage sister-in-law for dinner.
Nathaniel Bar-Jonah, a portly gourmand and aspiring chef who allegedly shared the remains of his prey with unsuspecting friends.
Marc Sappington, a high school dropout who aspired to outdo his idol, Jeffrey Dahmer, by embarking on a three-day feeding frenzy.
Drawn from revealing interviews with family members, authorities, and the killers themselves, Death by Cannibal exposes the secrets behind the most fiendish compulsion of them all.
Also—where does desire end and true crime begin? New details on the unprecedented case of Gilberto Valle, the New York City cop sentenced to life in prison for harboring only fantasies—of kidnapping up to a hundred women and of eating girl meat.”
There are places in the United States of America where violent acts of bloodshed have occurred.
Years may passand#151;even centuriesand#151;but the mark of death remains.
They are known as Murder Houses.
From a colonial manse in New England to a small-town home in Iowa to a Beverly Hills mansion, these residences have taken on a life of their own, gaining everything from local lore and gossip to nationaland#151;and even globaland#151;infamy.
Writer Steve Lehto recounts the stories behind the houses where Lizzie Borden supposedly gave her stepmother and#147;forty whacks,and#8221; where the real Amityville Horror was first unleashed by gunfire, and where the demented acts of the Manson Family horrified a nationand#151;as well some lesser-known sites of murder that were no less ghastly.
Exploring the past and present of more than twenty-five renowned homicide scenes, American Murder Houses is a tour through the real estate of some of the most grisly and fascinating crimes in American history.
This comprehensive examination into the frightening history of serial homicide documents the psychological, investigative, and cultural aspects of serial murder, from Ancient Rome to notorious contemporary cases.
About the Author
Peter Vronsky is an investigative journalist and a producer of documentary films for television. His work has appeared on PBS, Discovery Channel, MTV, CNN, and various international channels.
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