Bloodletters and Badmen: A Narrative Encyclopedia of American Criminals from the Pilgrims to the Present
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Bloodletters and Badmen: A Narrative Encyclopedia of American Criminals from the Pilgrims to the Present

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A narrative encyclopedia of American criminals from the pilgrims to the present.
Paperback, 698 pages
Published April 20th 1995 by M. Evans & Company (first published 1973)
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I love true crime and this is a nice, concise resource of many varied crimes, some famous, some not-so much, but all are interesting. It covers serial killers, sexual sadists, robbers, mobsters, and everything in between.
Joe Iacovino
The greatest bathroom book ever!
I stole an old edition of this book from my high school library in 1985, after reading about Ed Gein for the first time. It's still here on my shelf. Sorry, Sherwood High!

I know, I'm a low-down dirty book thief, but I sure have gotten a lot of use of this book. One of my favorite entries is on Bonnie and Clyde, which includes two awesome poems by Bonnie Parker. Here, check out 'The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde':
Somebody should turn those words into the lyrics o...more
Annette Oliver
Jan 16, 2008 Annette Oliver rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who loves modern American history
Recommended to Annette by: my grandpa
This is the first book I've ever read. Maybe it was because I saw The Godfather. It was my grandpa's book. It took awhile to read it but it was very interesting and full of photos of old school gangsters. My grandpa was from Chicago and he ran around in that part of the city when he was young so he must've been fascinated with that era. So was I...
More general than his encyclopedia on organized crime, and hence, probably more accurate. He covers a great deal of information in a good manner.
I have not read this book entirely, it's more of a "pick up here and there encyclopedia". Some of the murderers of the past are really interesting.
Neal Yamamoto
...lurid little summaries of just how bad humans can be; very interesting, 'though in a "watching-a-car-accident" kinda way...
Good reference, I think I first learned about this in an interview with Bill Pronzini.
I still have the original copy of this book (belonging to my father), that we devoured as my "bedtime reading" as a lie !!!
I found this book lurking on a bookshelf at my parent's house over Christmas and decided to give it a read as I'm currently on a true crime kick. While heavy on mafia members and old west outlaws, it was a fairly comprehensive encyclopedia. It was obvious which articles the author spent more time and effort on research wise, but most were substantial enough. The language used reflected the time period it was written in (ie: heeyyy there racism and misogyny!), but apparently there is a newer edit...more
David Ward
Bloodletters and Badmen: A Narrative Encyclopedia of American Criminals from the Pilgrims to the Present by Jay Robert Nash (M. Evans and Co, 1973)(920). This is more info than one could ever need about notorious American criminals. This book fascinates teenaged boys. My rating 7/10, finished 1974.
Jim O'shaughnessy
A wonderful rouge's gallery.
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