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The Brick Slayer

A series of brutal home invasions terrified Los Angeles in 1937. They ended in Chicago a year later with the arrest of African American teenager Robert Nixon, igniting racial tensions in an already appallingly divided city.Tortured in custody and portrayed by the press in the most lurid and flagrantly racist terms, Nixon faced an all-white jury. It would be the fastest conviction in the history of Cook County. Used as inspiration for Richard Wrights classic social protest novel, Native Son, the case against Nixon is a still-relevant examination of bigotry, suppressed rage, and the making of a murderer.The Brick Slayer 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....

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ISBN : 40512561
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Number of Pages : 36 pages
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The Brick Slayer Reviews

  • James Klabunde

    Illegal torture still existed in cities to blacks in the 1'930,s and 1940,s

    In 1936 and 1937 a series of gruesome murders and raped occurred first in California and then in Chicago which was discovered to be committed by Robert Nixon who after being arrested was subjected to illegal grilling night and day, hanging by his thumbs, dangling by his feet out of a eleventh story window and beaten in places that left no scars. He was found guilty and sentenced to death. He was used by Richard Wright in
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  • Cyndy

    I read the six volume short-novella non-ficton Bloodlands series. Early American serial / multiple murder true tales. Some tell why the individuals / families came to murder, some do not. Some of the books mentioned statistics and two referenced Columbine - to me it felt somewhat inappropriate in one of the references. That kind of put me off, but on the whole, if you are interested in early American murders, the series is worth the read.

  • Cierra

    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.

  • Stacy Croushorn

    Killer or victim?

    The subject of this book, an African-American youth, who supposedly killed multiple times with the use of a brick, is seen as a tragic figure. His parents died, having traveled between family members, he turns to theft to support himself. Did he evolve into a murderer, or was the racist attitudes of the day stacked against him? His fingerprints were found, but could he have just robbed the occupants and somebody else kill them? Supposedly he had the mental capacity of an 11 year
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  • Eddie

    No story

    Just a list of facts about a murderer. It did however give me other reading materials. Some sick stuff though.

  • Netanella

    3 stars only because I felt the treatment of such a complex story as this one needed more than what was given in this novella bite-sized package. A series of murders in the 1930s in Los Angeles and Chicago, the perpetrator a black youth with intellectual challenges, depicted as the "Brick Moron" in the newpapers. Racism, police brutality, torture-induced brutality -- there is so much going on here that this story deserves a fuller treatment. Also interesting to note, in the afterword, that the b ...more

  • Ronald Koltnow

    THE BRICK SLAYER is the third of Harold Schechter's BLOODLANDS collection, six short true crime essays detailing a particular criminal or event over a hundred year period in American history. The first is THE PIRATE, about murder at sea committed by a man named Albert Hicks in 1860. The second is THE LITTLE SLAUGHTERHOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, about the murderous Bender clan in Kansas in the 1870s. Laura Ingalls Wilder's father appears in this. Unfortunately, hampered by stubborn facts, Schechter is u ...more

  • Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

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    "Exploring the dark heart of US history, true-crime master Harold Schechter reveals six sensational but nearly forgotten acts of carnage and bloodlust that shocked the nation. From a diabolical Kansas family down the road from Laura Ingalls Wilder to an Elvis-inspired “rebel” to the country’s first mass shooter, these chilling criminals dominated the headlines—and nightmares—of their day."