Summer Bonus Blog! Serial Killers on the Loose!

H. H. Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil
by Selzer, Adam

A detailed historical account of the serial killer calls on never-before-examined primary documents to reveal how he managed to take advantage of the crowds drawn by the 1893 World’s Fair to create his own castle of horrors.

Confession of a Serial Killer : The Untold Story of Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer
by Ramsland, Katherine M.

In 1974, Dennis Lynn Rader stalked and murdered a family of four in Wichita, Kansas. Since adolescence, he had read about serial killers and imagined becoming one. Soon after killing the family, he murdered a young woman and then another, until he had ten victims. He named himself “B.T.K.” (bind, torture, kill) and wrote notes that terrorized the city. He remained on the loose for thirty years. Then, he made a mistake.

The Man in the Monster : An Intimate Portrait of a Serial Killer
by Elliott, Martha J. H.

Michael Ross was a serial killer who raped and murdered eight young women between 1981 and 1984, and several years ago the state of Connecticut put him to death. His crimes were horrific, and he paid the ultimate price for them. When journalist Martha Elliott first heard of Ross, she learned what the world knew of him — that he had been a master at hiding in plain sight.

Blood Will Out : The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade
by Kirn, Walter

The true story of a young novelist who meets and befriends an eccentric, privileged New Yorker when he delivers a crippled hunting dog to him from an animal shelter, and later discovers that his friend was a serial imposter and brutal double-murderer.

The Mad Sculptor : The Maniac, the Model, and the Murder that Shook the Nation
by Schechter, Harold

In the 1930s, when bluebloods like the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers began to build luxury towers, poor European immigrants lived in filthy slums among the riverside factories and abbatoirs. It was in this setting that a young man committed a grisly triple-murder on Easter Sunday, 1937. The details of the case were so sensational that one might think it had been cooked up in a tabloid editor’s overheated imagination.

The Midnight Assassin : Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America’s First Serial Killer
by Hollandsworth, Skip

In the late 1800s, the city of Austin, Texas was on the cusp of emerging from an isolated western outpost into a truly cosmopolitan metropolis. But beginning in December 1884, Austin was terrorized by someone equally as vicious and, in some ways, far more diabolical than London’s infamous Jack the Ripper.