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Harold Schechter
Harold Schechter is an American true crime writer who specializes in serial killers. He attended the State University of New York in Buffalo where his PhD director was Leslie Fiedler. He is professor of American literature and popular culture at Queens College of the City University of New... show more



Harold Schechter is an American true crime writer who specializes in serial killers. He attended the State University of New York in Buffalo where his PhD director was Leslie Fiedler. He is professor of American literature and popular culture at Queens College of the City University of New York.Schechter is married to poet Kimiko Hahn. He has two daughters from a previous marriage: the writer Lauren Oliver and professor of philosophy Elizabeth Schechter. His newest book, The Mad Sculptor, (about a sensational triple murder at Beekman Place in New York City in 1937) will be published in February 2014.Praise for THE MAD SCULPTOR:"Ambitious, bold, and evocative, Schechter's storytelling grabs the reader in a similar manner to Capote's searing In Cold Blood." --Publishers Weeklyhttp://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-544-11431-9"Perfect for readers who enjoy the stories of the sensationalistic press of the 1930s and its crass exploitation of the details of horrific murders." - Kirkus https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/harold-schechter/the-mad-sculptor/

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Birth date: January 01, 1948
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Char's Horror Corner
Char's Horror Corner rated it 7 months ago
This is the true story of the murderous Bender family. After listening, I am convinced that Michael McDowell based his story KATIE on this family. How many people can there be out there named Katie who, along with their family, liked to kill people with hammers? Steven Weber does an excellent...
Sarah's Library
Sarah's Library rated it 5 years ago
6/2 - I read Schechter's The Devil's Gentleman some years ago and enjoyed it thoroughly, even with flow-breaking footnotes numbering in the hundreds. I had a quick flip through The Mad Sculptor and I'm pleased to see not a single footnote. While they do add extra information to some complicated poin...
She Reads Too Much
She Reads Too Much rated it 6 years ago
Hard to rate a book like this really. I did a 14-page PsyCrim profile on Edward Gein for my Forensic psychology class in May 2014. A PsyCrim profile is basically a in depth report written after intense research into a criminal's personal and criminal history. This particular book was one of my prima...
wornoutpages
wornoutpages rated it 6 years ago
For some reason, the description of this on Amazon made me think it was just a fiction murder mystery. I honestly don't know why I thought that, because the title pretty much gives the whole mystery away. Not the proudest day for me, maybe, but I'm still REALLY glad that I bought this book when it a...
Sarah's Library
Sarah's Library rated it 6 years ago
I found this true story of the first New York trial of the 20th century fascinating. I especially liked all the footnotes Schecter used to give further detail of a fact that he used in the story. I look forward to reading his other true crime stories.
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