Harold Schechter


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June 28, 1948

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Aka Jon A. Harrald (joint pseudonym with Jonna Gormley Semeiks)

Harold Schechter is a true crime writer who specializes in serial killers. He attended the State University of New York in Buffalo, where he obtained a Ph.D. A resident of New York City, Schechter is professor of American literature and popular culture at Queens College of the City University of New York.

Among his nonfiction works are the historical true-crime classics Fatal, Fiend, Deviant, Deranged, and Depraved. He also authors a critically acclaimed mystery series featuring Edgar Allan Poe, which includes The Hum Bug and Nevermore and The Mask of Red Death.

Schechter is married to poet Kimiko Hahn. He has two daughters from a previous marriage: the writer Lauren Oliver and pr
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Hell's Princess: The Myster...

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Deviant: The Shocking True ...

3.90 avg rating — 5,807 ratings — published 1989 — 14 editions
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The Serial Killer Files: Th...

4.09 avg rating — 3,515 ratings — published 2003 — 14 editions
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Little Slaughterhouse on th...

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The Pirate

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Deranged: The Shocking True...

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Depraved: The Definitive Tr...

3.95 avg rating — 1,973 ratings — published 1994 — 13 editions
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The Pied Piper

3.66 avg rating — 1,552 ratings — published 2018 — 3 editions
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Rampage

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“It makes perfect sense that if human beings are raised in warm, loving households; if they are brought up to believe that the world is a secure and decent place, then they will grow up with a healthy relationship toward themselves and other people. - able to give love freely and receive it in return. Conversely, if a person is severely mistreated from his earliest years, subjected to constant psychological and physical abuse, he or she will grow up with a malignant view of life. To such a person, the world is a hateful place where all human relationships are based, not on love and respect, but on power, suffering, and humiliation.”
Harold Schechter, The Serial Killer Files: The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the World's Most Terrifying Murderers

“Definitions vary, but the most useful comes from the National Institute of Justice, which describes it as a “series of two or more murders, committed as separate events, usually . . . by one offender acting alone. The crimes may occur over a period of time, ranging from hours to years. Quite often, the motive is psychological, and the offender’s behavior and the physical evidence observed at the crime scenes will reflect sadistic, sexual overtones.”
Harold Schechter, Fatal: The Poisonous Life of a Female Serial Killer

“Frémont failed in his presidential bid, losing the 1856 election to his Democratic opponent, James Buchanan.”
Harold Schechter, Man-Eater: The Life and Legend of an American Cannibal

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