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BESTIAL: THE SAVAGE TRAIL OF A TRUE AMERICAN MONSTER
BESTIAL THE SAVAGE TRAIL OF A TRUE AMERICAN MONSTER
Author: 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 ma...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780671732196
ISBN-10: 0671732196
Publication Date: 10/1/1998
Pages: 384
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3.8 stars, based on 16 ratings
Publisher: Pocket
Book Type: Paperback
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Set in the 1920's this is the story of a brutal killer dubbed the Gorillia killer by the press because of is size and strange apperance.Very interesting this is a case I had never heard or read about. The author tells the story well.
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I enjoy reading true crime stories & this one was a good read as far as I was concerned. I like the author's style of writing.
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Earle Leonard Nelson may well have been America's first serial killer. In the winter of 1926, he began a string of murders that spanned the U.S. and Canada, horrifying and confounding both the public and the police. Bestial tells the story of Nelson's life--from his bizarre childhood to his ignoble end--sparing no graphic detail in the process. If there is an answer to the question of why this man murdered, it is in this book somewhere. Everything about Nelson seems bizarre, from his family to his eating habits to his religious obsessions. But strangest of all was his compulsion to kill--for no imaginable reason. He killed women of all ages, from all walks of life, seemingly with no remorse.
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Surprisingly well-written, despite the trashy title. Schechter is an engaging writer, and Nelson was a suitably insane subject. Highly recommended for fans of true crime or of historical mysteries.
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This book showed that the good old days were not as good as they led you to beleive. I enjoyed this book and vowed never to let a stranger into my house ever.
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If you like to read about serial killers this book is for you.
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This is a true story of a serial killer back in the 30s.


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