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Harold Schechter is an American true crime writer who specializes in serial killers. He attended the State University of New York in Buffalo where his PhD director was Leslie Fiedler. He is professor of American literature and popular culture at Queens College of the City University of New York.Schechter is married to poet Kimiko Hahn. He has two daughters from a previous marriage: the writer Lauren Oliver and professor of philosophy Elizabeth Schechter. His newest book, The Mad Sculptor, (about a sensational triple murder at Beekman Place in New York City in 1937) will be published in February 2014.Praise for THE MAD SCULPTOR:"Ambitious, bold, and evocative, Schechter's storytelling grabs the reader in a similar manner to Capote's searing In Cold Blood." --Publishers Weeklyhttp://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-544-11431-9"Perfect for readers who enjoy the stories of the sensationalistic press of the 1930s and its crass exploitation of the details of horrific murders." - Kirkus https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/harold-schechter/the-mad-sculptor/

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Psycho USA: Famous American Killers You Never Heard Of
by Harold Schechter
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...
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Categories: All Advice and How-To; All Nonfiction; Crime & Criminals; True Crime
The Devil's Gentleman: Privilege, Poison, and the Trial That Ushered in the Twentieth Century
by Harold Schechter
From renowned true-crime historian Harold Schechter, whom The Boston Book Review hails as “America’s principal chronicler of its greatest psychopathic killers,” comes the riveting exploration of a notorious, sensational New York City murder in the 1890s, the fascinating forensic science of an earlier age, and the explosively...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; History; True Crime
Fatal: The Poisonous Life of a Female Serial Killer
by Harold Schechter
In an era that produced some of the most vicious female sociopaths in American history, Jane Toppan would become the most notorious of them all. AN ANGEL OF MERCY In 1891, Jane Toppan, a proper New England matron, embarked on a profession as a private-duty nurse. Selfless and good-natured, she beguiled Boston's most prominent...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; True Crime
The Mad Sculptor: The Maniac, the Model, and the Murder that Shook the Nation
by Harold Schechter
2015 Edgar Award Nominee Beekman Place, once one of the most exclusive addresses in Manhattan, had a curious way of making it into the tabloids in the 1930s: “SKYSCRAPER SLAYER,” “BEAUTY SLAIN IN BATHTUB” read the headlines. On Easter Sunday in 1937, the discovery of a grisly triple homicide at Beekman Place would rock the...
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Categories: History; True Crime
Deranged: The Shocking True Story of America's Most Fiendish Killer
by Harold Schechter
LURED FROM THE SAFETY OF HOME -- INTO THE JAWS OF HELL "America's principal chronicler of its greatest psychopathic killers" ( The Boston Book Review ), Harold Schechter shatters the myth that violent crime is a modern phenomenon -- with this seamless true account of unvarnished horror from the early twentieth century. Journey inside...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; Bestsellers; Contemporary Fiction; True Crime
Deviant: True Story of Ed Gein, the Original Psycho
by Harold Schechter
The truth behind the twisted crimes that inspired the films Psycho , The Texas Chain Saw Massacre , and The Silence of the Lambs ... From “America’s principal chronicler of its greatest psychopathic killers” ( The Boston Book Review ) comes the definitive account of Ed Gein, a mild-mannered Wisconsin farmhand who stunned an...
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Categories: Social Sciences; True Crime
Depraved
by Harold Schechter
The heinous bloodlust of Dr. H.H. Holmes is notorious -- but only Harold Schechter's Depraved tells the complete story of the killer whose evil acts of torture and murder flourished within miles of the Chicago World's Fair. "Destined to be a true crime classic" (Flint Journal, MI), this authoritative account chronicles the methods and...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; Contemporary Fiction; True Crime
Fiend: The Shocking True Story Of Americas Youngest Seria
by Harold Schechter
A MONSTER PREYED UPON THE CHILDREN OF NINETEENTH-CENTURY BOSTON. HIS CRIMES WERE APPALLING -- AND YET HE WAS LITTLE MORE THAN A CHILD HIMSELF. When fourteen-year-old Jesse Pomeroy was arrested in 1874, a nightmarish reign of terror over an unsuspecting city came to an end. "The Boston Boy Fiend" was imprisoned at last. But the...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; True Crime
Bestial: The Savage Trail of a True American Monster
by Harold Schechter
FROM SOCIAL OUTCAST TO NECROPHILE AND MURDERER -- HIS APPALLING CRIMES STUNNED AN ERA. San Francisco, the 1920s. In an age when nightmares were relegated to the fiction of Edgar Allan Poe and distant tales of the Whitechapel murders, a real-life monster terrorized America. His acts of butchery have proved him one of history's fiercest...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; History; True Crime
The Serial Killer Files: The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the World's Most Terrifying Murderers
by Harold Schechter
THE DEFINITIVE DOSSIER ON HISTORY’S MOST HEINOUS! Hollywood’s make-believe maniacs like Jason, Freddy, and Hannibal Lecter can’t hold a candle to real life monsters like John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and scores of others who have terrorized, tortured, and terminated their way across civilization throughout the ages....
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Categories: All Sex & Erotica; True Crime
The A to Z Encyclopedia of Serial Killers
by Harold Schechter
Bestselling true-crime writer Harold Schechter, a leading authority on serial killers, and coauthor David Everitt offer a guided tour through the bizarre and blood-chilling world of serial murder. Through hundreds of detailed entries that span the entire spectrum -- the shocking crimes, the infamous perpetrators, and much more -- they...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; True Crime
The Whole Death Catalog: A Lively Guide to the Bitter End
by Harold Schechter
In the tradition of Mary Roach’s bestselling Stiff and Jessica Mitford’s classic exposé The American Way of Death comes this meticulously researched, refreshingly irreverent, and lavishly illustrated look at death from acclaimed author Harold Schechter. With his trademark fearlessness and bracing sense of humor, Schechter digs...
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Categories: All Advice and How-To; All Nonfiction; Social Sciences
Nevermore
by Harold Schechter
Praised by Caleb Carr for his "brilliantly detailed and above all riveting" true-crime writing, Harold Schechter brings his expertise to a marvelous work of fiction. Superbly rendering the 1830s Baltimore of Edgar Allan Poe, Schechter taps into the dark genius of that legendary author -- and follows a labyrinthine path into the heart of...
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Categories: All Historical Fiction; All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers; Classic Fiction; Contemporary Fiction
Man-Eater: The Life and Legend of an American Cannibal
by Harold Schechter
In the winter of 1873, a small band of prospectors lost their way in the frozen wilderness of the Colorado Rockies. Months later, when the snow finally melted, only one of them emerged. His name was Alfred G. Packer, though he would soon become infamous throughout the country under a different name: “the Man-Eater.” After the...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; History; True Crime
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