Heinous

Heinous: Forgotten Murders From the 1910s by Melina Druga

What do a bubbly six year old, a Christian Scientist and a farmhouse boarder have in common?  They were all brutally murdered by a person that society least expected.

In Heinous: Forgotten Murders From the 1910s, you’ll travel back to a violent decade – a time when “idiots and morons” were police departments’ first suspects, when journalists had the opportunity to conduct interrogations and when forensics was in its infancy.  It also was a decade when crime of all varieties was surging, and experts blamed everything from immigration to lax parenting.

If you’re fascinated by true crime history, you’ll enjoy these 17 tales of murder and mysterious deaths.  The people you’ll meet include Hans Schmidt, a priest who believed his crime was divinely inspired; Russell Pethrick, a 22-year-old grocery delivery boy who was caught based on a new technology – fingerprint analysis; Thomas Fitzgerald, a pedophile who enjoyed showing little girls “pretty” pictures of dead people; and Nathan Swartz, a murder suspect whose family experienced intense shame after he went on the lam.

Heinous: Forgotten Murders From the 1910s also includes a bonus case: What Happened to Dorothy Arnold?   The socialite’s baffling disappearance made headlines for decades and remains unsolved to this day.

These stories made headlines more than a century ago and provide insight into how the media covered sensational crimes.

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Praise for Heinous: Forgotten Murders From the 1910s

This was a very engaging book. Ms. Druga's writing style was very good at setting the crimes and the people involved. Much more than just a quick summary as is frequently the case with true crime. Highly enjoyed.
Terri
Goodreads reviewer
5/5
I rarely read true crime, but was lucky to stumble upon this gem. The writing is superb. The author presents the facts in a straightforward fashion. These are mysteries without melodrama. Each makes you wonder and want to know what happens next. Her ability to tell a story clearly and simply just draws you in. Truly compelling.
Amazon reviewer
5/5
An in depth look at murders of the first two decades of the 20th century. Very well written with not a wasted word. Do you agree that the police caught the right person or not? Read it and become an armchair Sherlock Holmes.
John Thompson
Amazon reviewer
5/5
The book is very well written using contemporary sources and illustrates the vast differences in people’s attitude toward crime and law enforcement from then and from today. The information is presented from a historian’s factual point of view and not today’s popular style. I highly recommend this book for all mystery, and true crime fans. You won’t be disappointed.
EJackson
Amazon reviewer
5/5
I thought this book to be morbidly fascinating. I was totally captivated by these dark and dangerous killers. I finished this book in an afternoon.
Annalisa
Amazon reviewer
5/5
I really enjoyed reading this book. The stories are sad, and well-written. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves reading true crime stories.
Loreley Castillejo
Amazon reviewer
5/5
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