THE MAD SCULPTOR-Harold Schechter | True Homicide: The Most Stunning Killers
The charismatic perpetrator,
Robert Irwin, was a superb younger sculptor who had studied with among the masters of the period. However along with his genius additionally got here a deeply disturbed psyche; Irwin was obsessive about sexual self-mutilation and was steadily overcome by outbursts of violent rage.
Irwin’s main sufferer, Veronica Gedeon, was a determine from the world of pulp fantasy—a shocking photographer’s mannequin whose scandalous seminude pinups would titillate the general public for weeks after her demise. Irwin’s protection lawyer, Samuel Leibowitz, was a courtroom movie star with an unmatched file of acquittals and shoppers starting from Al Capone to the Scottsboro Boys. And Dr. Fredric Wertham, psychiatrist and forensic scientist, befriended Irwin years earlier than the murders and had predicted them in a public lecture months earlier than the crime.
Based mostly on intensive analysis and archival data, The Mad Sculptor recounts the chilling story of the Easter Sunday murders—a case that sparked a nationwide manhunt and endures as one of the engrossing American crime dramas of the 20th century. The e-book evokes the pale glory of post-depression New York and the singular insanity of a superb thoughts turned in opposition to itself. THE MAD SCULPTOR-The Maniac, The Mannequin and the Homicide that Shook the Nation-Harold Schechter