Synopses & Reviews
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.
Alsowhere 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 fantasiesof kidnapping up to a hundred women and of eating girl meat.”
Praise for Peter Davidsons Homicide Miami
“A first-rate true crime book necessarily requires two elements—a powerful and intriguing story, and a writer who can capture its soul. Homicide Miami has both. I highly recommend this story of murder and greed at their worst.”—Vincent Bugliosi, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Helter Skelter and Divinity of Doubt
“Torture murder for sex has, unfortunately, become yesterdays news. It is what serial killers are all about. Torture murder for money is rare. This is what gives Peter Davidsons new book its punch. The two main characters in this sordid drama of predatory psychopaths are the embodiment of what we mean by ‘evil. Lugo and especially Dorbal are poster children for the death penalty. But they are as fantastical for stupidity as they are for depravity. First a bungled murder, then a bungled theft and a bungled dismemberment, foiled when a womans hair jams the killers electric saw . . . Davidson said his book is not for the squeamish. True. But once you start it you cant put it down.”—Dr. Michael H. Stone, professor of clinical psychiatry, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, and host of Most Evil on Investigation Discovery
A comprehensive examination of the frightening history of serial homicide--with a 16-page photo insert.
In this unique book, Peter Vronsky documents the psychological, investigative, and cultural aspects of serial murder, beginning with its first recorded instance in Ancient Rome, through fifteenth-century France, up to such notorious contemporary cases as cannibal/necrophile Ed Kemper, Henry Lee Lucas, Ted Bundy, and the emergence of what he classifies as "the serial rampage killer" such as Andrew Cunanan.
Exhaustively researched with transcripts of interviews with killers, and featuring up-to-date information on the apprehension and conviction of the Green River Killer and the Beltway Snipers, Vronsky's one-of-a-kind books covers every conceivable aspect of an endlessly riveting true-crime phenomenon.
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.
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.
About the Author
Steve Lehto is a writer and attorney. Licensed in Michigan, he was also an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law for ten years. He has written several books, including Deathand#8217;s Door: The Truth Behind Michiganand#8217;s Largest Mass Murder, Chryslerand#8217;s Turbine Car: The Rise and Fall of Detroitand#8217;s Coolest Creation, and most recently, Drawn to Injustice with Timothy Masters.