Verdict: True-crime aficionados will be delighted by THE AMERICAN SWEENEY TODD, a disturbing, intimate look through the eyes of one of America’s cleverest and most dangerous serial killers.
A brilliant but troubled surgeon becomes a serial killer – but can he evade the famous Elliot Ness?
The G-Man and the Serial Killer
In September 1934, part of woman’s torso, with legs severed at the knees, washed up on the shore of Lake Erie in Cleveland, Ohio. Never identified, she became known as the Lady of the Lake. A year later in the slums of Kingsbury Run, two headless, mutilated male corpses were found with genitals removed. In 1936, the remains of a prostitute turned up in a basket behind a butcher shop just before another male was decapitated and dumped. The killer acquired a moniker, “The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run.”
The Christopher Barrios Case
Crimes That Stain Your Soul: A History of the Case
In March of 2007, my photographer husband I covered the Crime Library breaking news of a six-year-old boy missing from his neighborhood. We lived in Savannah, a little over an hour drive down I-95.
Christopher was last seen skipping toward his home, with a toy “light saber” in his hand, but he never reached home. When his stepmother realized Christopher was not at his grandmother’s and couldn’t locate him, she contacted his father at work to help with the search. They couldn’t find Christopher and called the police.
Westley Allan Dodd Case
Recently, an old friend asked if my knowledge of all the murders and other unspeakable criminals (being a sexual predator, serial killer, etc.) had turned me into a cynic about human nature. I can honestly say that more than twenty years of exposure to capital crimes has not made me cynical. Why? Because decent, ordinary folks vastly outnumber the people who commit crimes.