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Cannibal Killers

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  221 ratings  ·  15 reviews
It is a crime that shocks and stuns more than any other. It is the ultimate in criminal depravity. It runs like a blood-red thread through novels like The Silence of the Lambs.

Now, take a grim and terrifying journey into the world of the cannibal killer...

Ed Gein the twisted trophy hunter and role model for Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, who liked to keep his victim's lips in
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 15th 1995 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Jan 17, 2012 Jeanine rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: CSI fanatics
Shelves: horror, non-fiction
The book is easy to read and has enough information for anyone who wants to know more on the subject without doing a thesis.

It is however disturbing to realize how many freaks are out there wishing they could have a slice of someone nice. Brrrr. The book lost a star because there were no pictures of the criminals or any maps etc. to round off the book.
The writing is so bad you will laugh out loud. If you make it more than a dozen pages, you're either stronger or dumber than I am.

Someone needs to make the author sit through another writing 101 class. Rhetorical questions are lazy, sloppy, obnoxious--and everywhere.
I've read this sucker til the binding came loose. Love it. Extremely well-researched and informative, if you are into this sort of topic. Otherwise, it will disturb you.
Lori Stevenson
Incredibly disturbing and insightful. No horror movie or book can compare to the true-life "Rostov Ripper". Shocking & definitely recommended.
Gregory Rodriguez
Gruesomelly detailed, yet compelling! By the end of the book, you are glad that all of these people were locked up for good!
This book was very interesting. Murder alone is interesting to listen to the reasons or the phsychology of these serial killers and what not but someone that kills and then consumes the body parts...yes, very intriguing. Most of these guys grow up with twisted childhoods and/or abuse, but the even more interesting ones are the very few who have semi-normal upbringings, like Jeffrey Dahmer. Like one day they just snap or what? Nature vs. nurture, interesting topic especially when it comes to kill ...more
Abaidullah Ahmad
Mar 06, 2014 Abaidullah Ahmad marked it as to-read
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Dolores Pompa
Not for the faint of heart, or anyone who decides to eat something like a hamburger when they read this. This book gets into the psychology of why these people do this. Do they do it because they crave it? Do they do it because they want to own the person/people they eat? That is the most interesting part. While reading it, you will think a lot, get grossed out, angry, upset, and fascinated all at the same time. This book also gets you a lot of looks when you are reading it.
One of the best books I've read on the subject--actually a 4.5 star rating. Other books I've read on cannibalistic serial killers simply relate the facts of their crimes but Martingale's book offers a more analytical viewpoint by examining the psychology that drives these murderers as well touching on societal factors that might have enabled them.

Its only drawback is that it could use some updating.
Aaron the Pink Donut
Classic. Not too in depth but really fascinating. Each chapter is a different killer-all practiced cannibalism but with slightly different bent. Very graphic and informative.
Lots of information here but, unfortunately, all thrown together and stirred up. No pictures, drawings or illustrations of any sort.
Oct 14, 2008 Ubik rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
Very interesting read, especially for the information on Iseii Sagawa as I previously hadnt found a lot of material on him.
bam bam bam this is hot how is it more people haven't read this?
Creepy the mind of killers.
Cody Kabisa
Nov 09, 2007 Cody Kabisa rated it 3 of 5 stars
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i love it
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