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Serial Killers of the '70s, 2

Stories Behind a Notorious Decade of Death

Jane Fritsch


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From Ted Bundy to John Wayne Gacy and David Berkowitz, the 1970s were a time of notorious and brutal serial killers. Find out more about them, along with some you may never have heard of.

The Co-Ed Killer, Son of Sam, Hillside Strangler, and Dating Game Killer--in many ways, terrifying serial killers were as synonymous with the 1970s as Watergate, disco, and the oil crisis. This fascinating collection of profiles presents the most notorious as well as lesser-known serial murderers of that decade. Beyond Ted Bundy and David Berkowitz, it includes more obscure killers like Coral Eugene Watts, known as "The Sunday Morning Slasher," who killed 80 women; Edmund Kemper, the "Co-Ed Killer"; and Rodney Alcala, who is believed to have killed between 50 and 130 people between 1971-1979.

Profiles will include:
Rodney Alcala: The Dating Game Killer
David Berkowitz: Son of Sam
Kenneth A. Bianchi and Angelo Buono, Jr: The Hillside Strangler
Ted Bundy
John Wayne Gacy: The Killer Clown
Coral Eugene Watts: The Sunday Morning Slasher
Vaughn Greenwood: The Skid Row Slasher.

Sterling, 9781454939382, 280pp.

Publication Date: August 4, 2020

About the Author

Jane Fritsch is a journalist who was a reporter and editor at The New York Times, where she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She was also a reporter for The Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and The Chicago Tribune, where she covered the trial of the serial killer John Wayne Gacy. She was an assistant professor at The Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University.