With makeup and an affected Elvis pout, Tucsons Charlie Schmid was a crude parody of a bad-boy heartthrob. In 1964, he still had a hold on girls whod follow him anywhere. He murdered three of them.It was the dawn of the free-love movementperfect for a magnetic madman whod also foreshadow its end a few years later in the malignant charisma of Charles Manson. The inspiration for a classic story by Joyce Carol Oates, Schmid, the most bizarre serial killer of any era, was the epitome of a narcissist flattered into believing he could get away with murder.The Pied Piper is part of Bloodlands, a chilling collection of short page-turning historical narratives from bestselling true-crime master Harold Schechter. Spanning a century in our nations murderous past, Schechter resurrects nearly forgotten tales of madmen and thrill-killers that dominated the most sensational headlines of their day....
|Title||:||The Pied Piper (Bloodlands Collection)|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||69 pages|
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The Pied Piper (Bloodlands Collection) Reviews
Not a lot of material here to capture the mind: The Pied Piper is a short, by-the-numbers case file on a strange American killer. This is just-the-facts documentary-lite storytelling in a time of listicle journalism. Nothing wrong with it - I did not know anything about the murderous Smitty, so I was glad to learn a little - but there's not a lot of there there.
The second in the Bloodlands series included in my Prime membership was less fun than the first I read (Little SLaughterhouse), but interesting quick read. I had never heard of this particular bad guy but the comparison to Manson seem apt. Well told just didn't love the true crime crime at its heart. Probably felt like a classic story weird dude attracts acolyte misfits and kills girls. Not a rare story unfortunately
Thanks to Amazon for making the Bloodlands Series available to Prime members both for Kindle and Audible. Harold Schechter does a great job of fitting a lot of historical information into approachable sizes. The Pied Piper was my first in the series.
Just keeps me coming back for all the stories in this collection
I'm going to be sad when all of these are done. These little short stories are so pack with info. I'm learning about killers I've never heard of.
Good information given as I've never heard of this serial killer before. He definitely fit the criteria as it was sad reading about the lives lost.
Another short story in this collection that is perhaps most notable for its later literary influence. This is the story of a Tucson wanna be heartthrob who killed at least three girls. I was familiar with this story from an episode of “A Crime to Remember” but this telling was engaging and easy to follow. I ended up docking a star for the author’s addition of his own interaction with the killer and the killer’s later poetic (?) turn. It just seemed an odd ending as was the very brief mention of ...more
High interest writing style.
This short history of an American killer is a short read. The author wrote about the facts in a memorable and bold manner. The narrative sucks you back in time and provides a glimpse into the life of a killer.
Interesting Murder Read
Very nicely written telling of three gruesome murders by a sociopath. Historically accurate, well researched and cited. another look at some of the worst people.