Author: Hilberry (Conrad)
Year: 1987
Publisher: Wayne State Univ. Press (Michigan )
Edition Details: 1st US Edn.
Book Condition: F/Vg+
ISBN: 0814318568
Price: 12.00
Hardback. Foreword by Emanuel Tanay MD. The story of two brothers who were convicted of serial murders. One confessed to killing 5 men over a three month period; the other was sentenced for the rape and murder of 4 young women in or around the brothers' home town of Kalamazoo, Michigan. The events related in the book have the drama of fiction, but, in fact, they are real. The author based his account on interviews with the two men, the woman whom they both married, prison officials, and friends. Choosing to focus more on the texture of the men's lives than on the crimes themselves, the author explores their childhood, their marriages, the movement of their thought, and the very different ways they have dealt with their violent past and their lives in prison. Though an unusually vivid and detailed study of two contrasting psychological types, it is much more. Drawing on Ernest Becker's 'Denial of Death', the author presents Karamazov and his brother as extreme instances of behaviour and states of mind that many people share. The result is a story that is bizarre, somewhat grisly, but always psychologically interesting. With Appendix and Works Cited. 189pp. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. F. in Vg+ dw.


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