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Bestial: The Savage Trail of a True American Monster

de Harold Schechter

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Known for meticulously researched and brilliantly detailed accounts of horrific true crime legends, Harold Schechter takes readers inside the very heart and mind of true evil. As an infant, Earle Leonard Nelson possessed the power to unsettle his elders. As a child he was unnaturally obsessed with the Bible; before he reached puberty, he had an insatiable, aberrant sex drive. By his teens, even Earle's own family had reason to fear him. But no one in the bone-chilling winter of 1926 could have predicted his degeneracy would erupt into a sixteen-month frenzy of savage rape, barbaric murder, and unimaginable defilement - deeds that would become hallmarks of one of the most notorious fiends of the Twentieth century, whose blood-lust would not be equaled until the likes of Henry Lee Lucas, John Wayne Gacy, and Jeffrey Dahmer.… (mais)
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I love this writer. ( )
  RBeene | Mar 20, 2015 |
About serial killer Earle Leonard Nelson who started killing people in 1926. He's not a very interesting killer, pretty much of the retarded-bipolar-head-injury school of violence, but Schecter's a good researcher and writer.
  piemouth | May 7, 2013 |
On Friday, May 25, 2007 I wrote about this book:

Finished reading this book last night. As always Mister Schechter makes this period alive for you. He kept me interested from page 1 till the last.

I have read a lot of books by this author now. Only one was very disappointing, (Fatal) but all the others, like Deranged, Deviant Depraved were great.
Now I need to get my hands on Fiend.
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  Marlene-NL | Apr 12, 2013 |
After reading Harold Schechter's account of the Ed Gein murders ("Deviant"), I had to pick up another of his books. I love his writing style - it's very engaging and thorough. Not only does he detail the crimes themselves by meticulously combing through primary sources, but he sets the stage for the crimes by discussing what else was going on in the world at the time. It provides a very well-rounded reading experience, and I found myself learning more things than just who Earle Leonard Nelson strangled.

The author definitely keeps the reader on the edge of his/her seat - will Earle get away with this crime too, or will he finally be caught? How will he finally be brought to justice if he manages to elude capture, or even detection, in so many states? I found it hard to put the book down when reading it!

The book also contains a photo gallery, including a couple of pictures of Earle Nelson (and, really, he DOES look like some ordinary guy off the streets and not a serial killer) and some of his victims. The "gore" factor is handled (mostly) tastefully.

I bought the Kindle version, which has numerous typographical errors in it (some examples: "Ferrai" for "Ferral," "wiffingly" for "willingly," "hi" for "in," "expo3'e" for "expose" - and then there were some bizarre ones that I had no idea what they were supposed to mean). They look to be caused by a sloppy conversion into a digital format without proofreading the text after it had been scanned. So potential purchasers of the Kindle version - beware! ( )
  schatzi | Jul 25, 2010 |
I almost didn't read this book due to the name. I was afraid it was going to be some sicko, bestiality murder. But it turned out to be an interesting true crime book and had nothing to do with bestiality. Earle Leonard Nelson began a killing spree in 1926 across the U.S. and Canada. He killed women and then raped their dead bodies. He was insane and he killed at least 22 women. It was amazing how they caught him considering the times, but they did and he was executed in 1928. It kept me reading until the end. Schechter handled the unsavory details clinicly which made it easier to read. ( )
  Mom25dogs | Jan 11, 2009 |
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Known for meticulously researched and brilliantly detailed accounts of horrific true crime legends, Harold Schechter takes readers inside the very heart and mind of true evil. As an infant, Earle Leonard Nelson possessed the power to unsettle his elders. As a child he was unnaturally obsessed with the Bible; before he reached puberty, he had an insatiable, aberrant sex drive. By his teens, even Earle's own family had reason to fear him. But no one in the bone-chilling winter of 1926 could have predicted his degeneracy would erupt into a sixteen-month frenzy of savage rape, barbaric murder, and unimaginable defilement - deeds that would become hallmarks of one of the most notorious fiends of the Twentieth century, whose blood-lust would not be equaled until the likes of Henry Lee Lucas, John Wayne Gacy, and Jeffrey Dahmer.

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