A History of Serial Murder from One Million, B.C. to the Present with Harold Schechter
May 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm | $8
Location: Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 Third Avenue, 11215 Brooklyn.
Most people believe that serial murder is a modern phenomenon beginning with the infamous crimes of Jack the Ripper, but this conception is not borne out by the historical record. While the term “Serial murder” is a relatively recent one, the kinds of outrages committed by serial killers are an age-old phenomenon. Tonight’s illustrated lecture will present an historical survey of this phenomenon, with special attention devoted to certain sensational cases that have had a lasting impact on our culture.
Harold Schechter’s essays on crime, psychopathology and media violence have appeared in many newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and the International Herald Tribune. He has written for network television (Law & Order, The Cosby Mysteries) and been featured as an expert on PBS’ History Detectives, as well as various shows on cable channels, including Investigation Discovery, A & E Biography, and Court TV. Among his more than thirty published books are a series of historical true-crime narratives about America’s most infamous serial killers, several encyclopedic works (The A to Z Encyclopedia of Serial Killers, The Serial Killers Files, Psycho USA: Famous American Killers You Never Heard Of), and an anthology of American true crime writing published by the Library of America. He is also the editor of the Kent State University Press True Crime History Series. His most recent book is The Mad Sculptor: The Maniac, The Model, and the Murder that Shook the Nation (New Harvest), a nonfiction account “as gripping as the cleverest Golden Age mystery,” in the words of the Wall Street Journal.