Psycho USA: Famous American Killers You Never Heard Of

Psycho USA Famous American Killers You Never Heard Of AMERICA S MOST COLD BLOODED 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 b
  • Title: Psycho USA: Famous American Killers You Never Heard Of
  • Author: Harold Schechter
  • ISBN: 9780345524478
  • Page: 378
  • Format: Paperback
  • Psycho USA: Famous American Killers You Never Heard Of
    AMERICA S MOST COLD BLOODED 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 forgottenAMERICA S MOST COLD BLOODED 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.
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  • Harold Schechter

    Aka Jon A Harrald joint pseudonym with Jonna Gormley Semeiks Harold Schechter is a true crime writer who specializes in serial killers He attended the State University of New York in Buffalo, where he obtained a Ph.D A resident of New York City, Schechter is professor of American literature and popular culture at Queens College of the City University of New York.Among his nonfiction works are the historical true crime classics Fatal, Fiend,Deviant, Deranged, and Depraved He also authors a critically acclaimed mystery series featuring Edgar Allan Poe, which includes The Hum Bug and Never and The Mask of Red Death.Schechter s newest study of popular culture, Savage Pastimes A Cultural History of Violent Entertainment is just out from St Martin s Press.

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  • Posted at Shelf Inflicted I discovered Harold Schechter while taking criminal justice electives toward my degree in General Studies During my Intro to Criminal Justice class, I read Deranged, a bone chilling account of one of the most monstrous of serial killers Arrested for the kidnapping and brutal murder of 10 year old Grace Budd, Albert Fish confessed to kidnapping, torture, rape, murder and cannibalism of many young victims Though the subject matter was deeply disturbing, this was quite po [...]


  • This book was about the most twisted true crime book I have read in a long time I didn t realize there were so many psychos back in the 19th century, but after reading this book, there were than I ever expected to be living in those days The author, Harold Schechter, delved long and deep into the past to find these crazy murderers All these murderers were people I have never heard of before and it didn t matter if it was a man or a woman as both were the most cold hearted individuals to walk th [...]


  • 2.5 starsWhile the concept of a book about infamous killers who history has forgotten about seemed like a good idea, I didn t really like the execution It was a little boring and nothing memorable in the way the author wrote the stories Really only enjoyed the audiobook aspect of this because the man reading it had such an enjoyable voice.


  • I received this book through First Reads.Psycho USA is a nonfiction book that documents forgotten or not well known murderers or killers in American History There s a nice is that a word that can be used when discussing serial killers sprinkling of weapons and poisons, making the overall theme of murder a varied read My favorite part again, that sounds creepy were the songs and poems that were written about some of these killers to keep the story alive It sounds dark, but how many people know t [...]


  • This book provides accounts of murder and mayhem dating back to the eighteenth century Who knew there were such depraved individuals back then Review to come.


  • Due to the grisly subject matter, I can t say I really enjoyed this book I did, however, find it darkly fascinating It s very strange and, in an odd way, reassuring to know that our country has always had its Bundys and Dahmers, and it s not that just late 20th century society is singularly disturbed Every society, and every era, has its monsters From a cultural perspective, it s also interesting to consider why some killers live forever in infamy like Lizzie Borden, for instance when other even [...]


  • Harold Schechter is one of my favorite true crime authors I have several of his books covering the crimes of Ed Gein, H.H Holmes, Jesse Pomeroy and others and one day hope to find myself with time to read some of his fiction He writes in a manner that is both intelligent and accessible and manages to speak about the unspeakable without the bombast and disgust that I am sure would mar my writing were I ever to try to write about killers.So given his skills, I should not have been so smug as to th [...]


  • Completed yesterday, this book was A W E S O M E Worth the read and a complete page turner.Schechter is a really profound writer He has a way of making complex terminology really simple and gives life to past villains that have been forgotten by history There were some cases that were simply shocking to me that we d allowed to drop from our collective memory that he resurrected with ease Ca t wait to read his next book


  • This was a very interesting read I definitely learned about people who perpetrated heinous crimes in their heyday only to be forgotten How sad how some serial killers can attain infamy in their afterlife while others fade away as soon as their sentences have been handed down Definitely a must read for true crime buffs.


  • This was quite a mixed bag of goods for me Real crime and serial killers are something that I am weirdly interested in and when this book promised to talk about the notorious kind of serial killer like Jeffrey Dahmer or Ted Bundy, but focusing on killers who had for some reason be forgotten, I was hooked The cover makes it look like a gritty investigation into the worst kind of crime, too.But what you get is quite different Yes, the murder is there, and it is bloody enough it s not for the faint [...]


  • Just received my copy of it from a Good Reads giveaway Very excited to start reading it First thoughts So far, I have only read the introduction It seems to be a well thought out book written by someone who actually knows what they are talking about the author States they are a student of American serial murder far too many authors of books like this just wing it and write about press reports and whatnot In the back of the book there is a list of quotes chosen from the author I quite enjoyed tha [...]


  • I almost didn t pick this up due to the rather unfortunate cover that creeps me out and the sensationalized title In spite of the disturbing cover I was pleasantly surprised to find how much I enjoyed reading this book It is the perfect marriage of history and true crime The book is full of stories that mimic the crimes we are all so familiar with today but the catch is that happened a long time ago and have largely been forgotten by the public Today when something sensational happens in the new [...]


  • So I kept saying to myself I need to read a scary book for Halloween But I just could not find anything that I thought would thrill me Then I stumbled upon the jewel Truth, I had heard of several of the killers in this book, but not many It was a great collection of murderers from different time periods Those who stabbed, choked, poisoned, shot, blew up, mutilated, raped, beat and drowned their victims I enjoyed the way the author wrote, it wasn t dry like some of these books can be, and had int [...]


  • This is a really interesting look at a number of gruesome mass and serial killers in American history who have been forgotten, some only in the last half century Poisoners, kidnappers, thieves, bluebeard husbands and mutilators are all covered An interesting inclusion are the murder ballads These were songs or poems written at the time for people to hear about the gruesome goings on when there wasn t widely broadcast news One thing bothered me, though, is that the author unnecessarily mentions t [...]


  • Kinda creeped out and horribly excited about reading this book I won Psycho USA Famous American Killers You Never Heard Of through the First Read Giveaway on 08 23 2012 and received on 09 04 2012 I was really surprised with how much I enjoyed this book I absolutely LOVED how Schechter would state what authors were influenced by certain murders and where they used that inspiration I found that to be a wonderful surprise when I started the book.You hear about all of these horrific stories from not [...]


  • Well, this was interesting It s a bunch of crimes of the century type true crime retellings from a hundred years or two ago stuff that s faded from memory I d heard of only a couple of them so most of these were new to me.Is it terrible that I m glad some of the killers didn t have their hanging ropes done right Some part of me prays that that was intentional Some of the killings were just horrible Especially the kidnapping of that girl for ransom There was absolutely no need for the killer to c [...]


  • An exceptionally researched, detailed and chilling account of terrible crimes by lesser known criminals From early America to modern times, this book has songs, poems and pieces written by the killers themselves in some cases I couldn t put it down From the morbidly curious to the crime buff in you, it s a gripping, disturbing read Not for the faint of heart Not recommended before bed Some may find the graphic violent and sexual details disturbing Interesting facts Almost all of these murders d [...]


  • Oh my All I could think the entire time I read this was that anyone who thinks things were better in the good ol days really doesn t have a clue That is probably for the best If nothing else this book is great to give you some perspective if you feel that the world today is the worst it s ever been Shocking Informative Grisly I wouldn t read it again.


  • Many times while reading this book, I was heard muttering Why am I reading this.If you are into this genre, you will love it.If you have a queasy stomach, stay away as there are some descriptions of the crime that are just gruesome.


  • A great description of the forgotten villians of America s past, this book goes into detail of all the once famous murderers and their henious crimes After reading this book, one will see why our country needs a death penalty An awesome book.


  • I really found the layout of this book annoying Told almost in a encyclopedia format, it just gave snippets of the murderers and their victims Not enough to really get to know the behind the scenes story I think I will give the authors full length novels a try though.


  • Of ghoulish interest, but a bit repetitive at times A good read for October when a girl s mind turns to the bumps and skritchings in the closet, but not a book to really bother much looking for.


  • This true crime book is truly without equal Well written and the storytelling and the research is superb You get a short account of so many famous killings and murderers that most people living today have never heard of But wow, there were so many untreated psychos back then, be they ax murderers, poisoners, murderous mama s boys etc, etc And as a fan of folklore I thought the murder ballads at the end of many chapters were a great addition.


  • Interesting readWhy is it important to be made aware of the horrors that mankind commits committed on his own species Is it to always be on the lookout for ones safety To maybe remember that you can t know a book by its cover To teach us to be alert and a little suspicious in our interactions with strangers


  • The author tells the stories of numerous forgotten American murderers Unfortunately, he doesn t tell them in a very interesting way, or do a very good job of explaining why some shocking crimes are long remembered and others are not I did like the excerpts from contemporaneous murder ballads and pamphlets.


  • Quite the informative book I was impressed with the research that went into this book It was fascinating to read about these serial killers that have been practically swept under the rug by society I will defiantly be checking out some of the authors other books.




  • tfw you read this book thinking yeah these guys are going to be super obscure and it turns out you know of a few of them already because of your true crime obsessionOOPS


  • I liked this book but had to abandon it b c it was just a bit boring after awhileif you are a real crime buff then you will likely not have the same experience.


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