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Harold Schechter
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Harold Schechter is a professor of American literature at Queens College, the City University of New York. His essays have appeared in various newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the International Herald Tribune. Among his more than thirty published books are a series of historical true-crime narratives about America’s most infamous serial killers, a quartet of mystery novels featuring Edgar Allan Poe, and an anthology of American true crime writing published by the Library of America. He is also the editor of the Kent Stare University Press True Crime History Series. His most recent book is The Mad Sculptor.

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Written in Blood: 10 Sensational Crimes That Inspired Great Literature

(18) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 1:14 PM

As a professor of American literature who also writes nonfiction books about our nation's most notorious killers, I've always been struck by how many of our greatest writers have been avid fans of lurid real-life crime stories ("murder fanciers," in Edmund Pearson's memorable phrase). Nathaniel Hawthorne, for example, was so...

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On "The Psychology of Evil"

(7) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 7:00 AM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

I was riveted by Professor Zimbardo's presentation, though ultimately somewhat frustrated by it. My dissatisfaction had largely to do with its title, which I found slightly...

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10 Killers That America Forgot

(310) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 8:23 AM

Ask anyone to name America's most notorious serial killers and you're pretty much guaranteed to hear the same roll call of late-twentieth century psychos: Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, David "Son of Sam" Berkowitz, Aileen Wuornos. It almost seems as if such evildoers didn't exist before...

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