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The Professor and the Prostitute: And Other True Tales of Murder and Madness
The Professor and the Prostitute And Other True Tales of Murder and Madness Author:Linda Wolfe Book Club Edition ~ From Inside Flap — Here, from one of America's most accomplished writer's of true crime, is the tragic, harrowing, and mysterious story of William Douglas, suburban husband, father of three, and noted professor at Tufts University's School of Medicine, who fell in love with a beautiful young prostitute and, a year later, bruta... more »lly murdered her.
Douglas was a noted scientist and admired teacher. But unknown to his colleagues and devoted family, he had begun frequenting Boston's Combat Zone, a world of pimps, pushers, pornographic bookshops, and shows featuring such attractions as "Nude College Girls." There, one night in 1982, he met a twenty-year-old former art student who, rebelling against her conventional family and small-town upbringing, had newly decided to become a prostitute. The two started a torrid affair, but in March 1983 the professor hammered is prostitute-sweetheart to death. It took detectives months of arduous legwork to establish his connection to the crime and bring hm to trial - a trial that resulted in a sudden and dramatic confession of guilt.
With the vividness and suspense of fiction, _The Professor and the Prostitute_ - a modern _Blue Angel_ - details what can happen when common but usually hidden fantasies of love are acted out. Invoking her talent for reportage, probing insight, and vivid writing, Wolfe re-creates the turbulent love affair, the terrifying killing, and the complex police work that eventually brought the professor to justice.
Accompanying this haunting tale are eight of Wolfe's shorter true crime stories. "The Transsexual, the Bartender, and the Suburban Princess" carries the reader into gay and transsexual nightclubs in a pristine Westchester town. "From a Nice Family" tracks the killing of his parents by a fourteen-year-old prep school student from Dallas. "The Lady Vanishes" explores the still-unsolved disappearance from Nantucket Island of an ambitious medical investigator, while in "The Strange Death of the Twin Gynecologists" Wolfe extends her original inquiry into one of the most perplexing events of the seventies, further illuminating the descent into drug addiction of two well-known Manhattan physicians. All the stories shed light on the psychological forces that drive people, who on the surface seem "just like us," to commit violent, peculiar, or unexpected crimes.
Linda Wolfe is the author of two previous works of non-fiction, _Playing Around_ and _The Literary Gourmet_, and of _Private Practices_, a novel. She has written for a variety of magazines, among them _New York_, of which she is a contributing editor. She lives in New York City.« less