45 MURDERERS A Collection of True Crime Stories

Author: Rice (Craig)
Year: 1952
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (New York)
Edition Details: 1st US Edn.
Book Condition: Vg/G+
Price: 12.00
Hardback. The murderers roaming through these pages are real ones. The author insists that life is stranger than fiction, and proves it. What more imaginative clue could be invented, for example, than the pet owl who died from an explosion, and the persistent child who made the police investigate? Or the dewy imprint of the seat of the pants that convicted a killer? Or the faint trace of perfume that led to an astute barber? Does voodoo and witchcraft actually exist? It does - in the United States. Are there ghosts? Well, a couple of them seemed to pass right through locked doors to leave several very real corpses behind them. The author has chosen to write of these true crimes which are especially interesting because of their motivations and because of the personalities involved. What makes murderers murder? Take the little old lady who raised flowers and tended the sick and was beloved by all her neighbours. Oh well, the jury said: "Not Guilty". Most of these murders were solved; in every case by professionals. But the author has included a few unsolved crimes, and offers some lines of inquiry to the reader who likes to be his own detective. Several of these cases are very famous - The Wallace Case (Murder Without Motive), The Black Dahlia Case - but most are little known, though they deserve to be famous among aficionados of true crime stories. 282pp. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. Browned edges, sl. fading to head of sp. o/w Vg. in frayed and chipped G+ dw. (designed by H. Lawrence Hoffman).


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