By Harold Schechter
FROM SOCIAL OUTCAST TO NECROPHILE AND assassin -- HIS APPALLING CRIMES shocked AN period.
San Francisco, the 1920s. In an age while nightmares have been relegated to the fiction of Edgar Allan Poe and far away stories of the Whitechapel murders, a real-life monster terrorized the USA. His acts of butchery have proved him considered one of history's fiercest madmen.
As an toddler, Earle Leonard Nelson possessed the ability to unsettle his elders. As a baby he was once unnaturally enthusiastic about the Bible; prior to he reached puberty, he had an insatiable, aberrant intercourse force. via his kids, even Earle's circle of relatives had cause to worry him. yet not anyone within the bone-chilling wintry weather of 1926 may have estimated that his degeneracy might erupt in a sixteen-month frenzy of savage rape, barbaric homicide, and incredible defilement -- deeds that will turn 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, remarkable, 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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