The Serial Killer Files

  • by Harold Schechter
  • Narrated by Charles Constant
  • 18 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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. Now, from the much-acclaimed author of Deviant, Deranged, and Depraved, comes the ultimate resource on the serial killer phenomenon.
Rigorously researched, this innovative and highly compelling compendium covers every aspect of multiple murderers, including psychology, cinema, fetishism, fan clubs, "trophies", and trading cards.


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This is a well-written account of serial killers (with a few thrown in which don't technically fit the mold), from the beginning of time. In addition to the usual "done to death" criminals like Theodore Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, Jack The Ripper, Zodiak, Jeffrey Dahlmer, Lizzie Borden, Ed Gein and Belle Guinness, there are dozens of little-known perps that I never knew existed. The author does a great job of capsulizing each killer's life, motivation, acts and adjudication, if available without a lot of unnecessary minute. As a result, the account flows nicely. A really great book! Well worth the credit!!!!
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- Linda Lou

Interesting but repetitive

While the majority of this title is interesting it seems as though this is just a large compilation of many topics, hence the title, I guess. Rather than cover each killer/murder/crime in a long in depth look the book covers a crime then comes around to it a handful of times throughout the book making it seem as though they were running out of material and had to double back on a topic. It's still very fascinating and intriguing to hear some of the stories this book contains.
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- Daniel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-19-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio