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Serial Killers: Annotated Bibliography


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Brudos, Jerome
Rule, Anne (writing as Andy Stack). Lust Killer. New York: Singnet, 1988.

"Police detective Lieutenant John Stovall embarks on a relentless search for the killer responsible for the mysterious disappearances and murders of a series of pretty young women in the Northwest." (Click for availability: HV6533.O7 L88 1988)

Bundy, Theodore (Ted)
Keppel, Robert D. The Riverman: Ted Bundy and I Hunt for the Green River Killer. New York: Pocket Books, 1995.

"After a search of over twenty years, one of America's most elusive serial killers was finally apprehended. Now, read the true story of one man's attempt to get inside the mind of the Green River Killer." (Click for availability: HV6533.W2 R58 1995)

Perry, Michael R. The Stranger Returns. New York: Pocket Star Books, 1992.

"Ted Bundy switches identities with a deranged fellow inmate who is then executed in his place. Ted manages to start a new life on the outside, but is unable to rid himself of his compulsions." Fiction. (Click for availability: PS535.P47 S77 1992)

Carignan, Harvey Louis
Rule, Anne (as Andy Stack). The Want-ad Killer. New York, N.Y: Signet, 1988.

"After his first grisly crime, Harvey Louis Carignan beat a death sentence and continued to manipulate, rape, and bludgeon women to death--using want ads to lure his young female victims." (Click for availability: HV6529.S82 W36 1988)

Chikatilo, Andrei Romanovich
Lourie, Richard. Hunting the Devil. New York: Harper Collins Publisher, 1993.

"An account of the crimes of Andrei Chikatilo, Russia's most notorious serial killer whose victims totaled fifty-three, describes the efforts of Chief Inspector Issa Kostoev to capture Chikatilo and bring him to justice." (Click for availability: HV6535.R942 R6756 1993)

Cleveland's torso murders (unsolved)
Badal, James Jessen. In the Wake of the Butcher: Cleveland's Torso Murders. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 2001.

From 1934 to 1938 an unknown serial killer in Cleveland, Ohio dismembered victims leaving torsos in various places. In 1936 Chief Investigator, Peter Merylo, was assigned the case and attempted to solve it until he retired in 1943. The book discusses possible suspects but the case was never solved. (Click for availability: HV6534.C55 I6 2001)

Eyler, Larry
Kolarik, Gera-Lind. Freed to Kill: The True Story of Serial Murderer Larry Eyler. New York: Avon Books, 1992.

"An account of the murdering spree of Larry Eyler, who kidnapped, tortured, and killed at least twenty-three young men, describes how Eyler managed to evade capture for three years, his apprehension, and his release on a technicality." (Click for availability: HV6248.E78 F74 1992)

Gacy, John Wayne
Cahill, Tim. Buried Dreams: Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer. New York: Bantam Books, 1986.

John Wayne Gacy was a Suburban Chicago business man who killed 33 young boys. The book explores his childhood, his daily life and, of course, the murders themselves. (Click for availability: HV6248.G24 C34 1986)

Moss, Jason. The Last Victim: A True-life Journey into the Mind of a Serial Killer. New York: Warner Books, 1999.

"A chilling and fascinating exploration of the minds of serial killers draws from revealing and open interviews and correspondence that the author conducted as an eighteen year old student with such criminals as John Wayne Gacy and Charles Manson." (Click for availability: HV6529.M67 L37 1999)

Garrow, Robert F.
Alibrandi, Tom. Privileged Information. New York, N.Y: Dodd, Mead, 1984.

Two lawyers, Frank Armani and Francis Beige, are assigned to represent serial killer/rapist Robert Garrow who was accused of killing one person but later admitted to two others. The book discusses more the lawyers' roles in defending Garrow and all the problems that surrounded their defense. (Click for availability: KF224.G378 A44 1984)

Gein, Edward
Schechter, Harold. Deviant : the shocking true story of the original "psycho". New York: Pocket Books, 1998.

"Ed Gein's gruesome and horrifying murders, the basis of the motion picture "Psycho," caused bad publicity for a small Wisconsin town and outrage over the treatment of his female victims." (Click for availability: HV6533.W5 D48 1998)

Green River Killer (unsolved)
Keppel, Robert D. The River Man: Ted Bundy and I Hunt for the Green River Killer. New York: Pocket Books, 1995.

"After a search of over twenty years, one of America's most elusive serial killers was finally apprehended. Now, read the true story of one man's attempt to get inside the mind of the Green River Killer." (Click for availability: HV6533.W2 R58 1995)

Rule, Ann. Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer, America's Deadliest Serial Murderer. New York: Free Press, 2004.

"Traces the serial murders of the notorious Green River Killer, profiling Gary Ridgway as a happily married man who worked for the same company for thirty years, the case's approximate 40,000 suspects, the killer's disturbing capacity for luring and hiding his victims, and the DNA breakthroughs that established his link to the killings." (Click for availability: HV6533.W2 G74 2004).

Hickock, Richard Eugene
Capote, Truman. In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and its Consequences. New York, Random House, 1966, 1965.

"A special anniversary edition presents Capote's masterful account of the senseless 1959 murders of four members of a farm family in Holcomb, Kansas, and the search for the killers, Richard Eugene Hickock and Perry Edward Smith." (Click for availability: HV6533.K3 C3 1966)

Jack the Ripper (unsolved)
Cornwell, Patricia D. Portrait of a killer : Jack the Ripper--case closed. New York: Putnam's, 2002.

"Examines the century-old series of murders that terrorized London in the 1880s, drawing on research, state-of-the-art forensic science, and insights into the criminal mind to reveal the true identity of the infamous Jack the Ripper." (Click here for availability: HV6535.G43 L653 2002)

Knight, Stephen. Jack the Ripper: The Final Solution. New York: McKay, 1976. (Click for availability: HV6535.G6 L637 1976x)

Rumbelow, Donald. The Complete Jack the Ripper. Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1975. (Click for availability: HV6535.G6 L658 1975)

Kraft, Randy Steven
McDougal, Dennis. Angel of Darkness. New York, Warner Brothers, 1991.

"Here is the true, shocking story of Randy Draft: why he killed, who he killed, and why it may have taken as many as 67 gruesome mutilation murders until he was finally stopped." (Click for availability: HV6533.C2 A64 1991)

Krebs, Rex Allen
Mitchell, Corey. Dead and Buried. New York : Pinnacle Books, 2003.

"Details the capture and sentencing of serial rapist Rex Allan Krebs, who, after being released from prison, kidnapped, raped, tortured, and brutally murdered two college students in San Luis Obispo, California." (Click for availability: HV6533.C2 D43 2003)

Mudgett, Herman Webster
Larson, Erik. The devil in the white city : murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America. New York : Vintage Books, 2004, c2003.

"A compelling account of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 brings together the divergent stories of two very different men who played a key role in shaping the history of the event--visionary architect Daniel H. Burnham, who coordinated its construction, and Dr. Henry H. Holmes, an insatiable and charming serial killer who lured women to their deaths." (Click for availability: HV6248.M8 L37 2004)

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Schechter, Harold. Depraved : the shocking true story of America's first serial killer. New York : Pocket Books, c1994.

"Profiles H. H. Holmes, who murdered some twenty-seven people in a suburb of late nineteenth-century Chicago, and offers insight into the mind of a killer who was also the architect of the infamous "Castle of Horror."" (Click for availability: HV6248.M8 D46 1994)

West, Fred and Rose
Sounes, Howard. Fred & Rose: The Full Story of Fred and Rose West and the Gloucester house of Horrors. London: Warner Books, 1995.

"An apparently ordinary and pleasant married couple, Fred and Rose West, molest, torture and murder a series of young women and girls -- including their own daughter -- bury the dismembered remains under their house, in the middle of the city of Gloucester, and continue living happily in said house for many years." (Click for availability: HV6248.W475 F74 1995)

Woodfield, Randall Brent
Rule, Anne (as Andy Stack). The I-5 Killer. New York, N.Y: Signet, 1988.

"Provides a chilling study of serial sex killer Randall Woodfield, who cruised the I-5 highway from California to Washington, leaving a trail of a least forty-four victims behind him." (Click for availability: HV6533.A18 I45 1988)

Zodiac Killer (unsolved)
Kelleher, Michael D. "This is the Zodiac Speaking": Into the Mind of a Serial Killer. Westport Conn: Praeger, 2002.

"Offers a psychological profile of the Zodiac killer, who caused widespread panic in California in 1969 following several unsolved murders the killer took responsibility for in letters published by local newspapers." (Click for availability: HV6533.C2 T45 2002)

Powell Phelan. Major Unsolved Crimes. Philadelphia, Pa: Chelsea House Publishers, 2000.

"Discusses six criminal cases in which there was no completely satisfactory conclusion reached, including the case of the Zodiac killer, the Tylenol murderer, the assassination of President Kennedy, and an unusual skyjacking in 1971." (Click for availability: HV6251.P68 M3 2000)

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