By Harold Schechter
FROM SOCIAL OUTCAST TO NECROPHILE AND assassin -- HIS APPALLING CRIMES surprised AN period.
San Francisco, the 1920s. In an age whilst nightmares have been relegated to the fiction of Edgar Allan Poe and far-off stories of the Whitechapel murders, a real-life monster terrorized the USA. His acts of butchery have proved him one in all history's fiercest madmen.
As an child, Earle Leonard Nelson possessed the ability to unsettle his elders. As a toddler he used to be unnaturally captivated with the Bible; prior to he reached puberty, he had an insatiable, aberrant intercourse force. via his young people, even Earle's family had cause to worry him. yet nobody within the bone-chilling wintry weather of 1926 may have anticipated that his degeneracy could erupt in a sixteen-month frenzy of savage rape, barbaric homicide, and incredible defilement -- deeds that will develop into the hallmarks of 1 of the main infamous fiends of the 20th century, whose blood-lust wouldn't be equaled until eventually the likes of Henry Lee Lucas, John Wayne Gacy, and Jeffrey Dahmer.
Drawing at the "gruesome, outstanding, compelling reporting" (Ann Rule) that's his trademark, Harold Schechter takes a depressing trip into the brain of an unrepentant sadist -- and brilliantly lays naked the parable of innocence that shrouded a bygone period.
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Bestial: The Savage Trail of a True American Monster by Harold Schechter