Harold Schechter
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Harold Schechter

Harold Schechter is an American true crime writer who specializes in serial killers. He attended the State University of New York in Buffalo where his PhD director was Leslie Fiedler. He is professor of American literature and popular culture at Queens College of the City University of New York.Schechter is married to poet Kimiko Hahn. He has two daughters from a previous marriage: the writer Lauren Oliver and professor of philosophy Elizabeth Schechter. His newest book, The Mad Sculptor, (about a sensational triple murder at Beekman Place in New York City in 1937) will be published in February 2014.

Praise for THE MAD SCULPTOR:

"Ambitious, bold, and evocative, Schechter's storytelling grabs the reader in a similar manner to Capote's searing In Cold Blood." --Publishers Weekly
http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-544-11431-9

"Perfect for readers who enjoy the stories of the sensationalistic press of the 1930s and its crass exploitation of the details of horrific murders." - Kirkus
https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/harold-schechter/the-mad-sculptor/



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    • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
    • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
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    • 5 out of 5 stars
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    • By Keith on 08-05-16
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    • By: Harold Schechter
    • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
    • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
    • Release date: 04-06-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,806 ratings

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    • By Lori Hanson on 05-08-18

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    • The Serial Killer Files

    • The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the World’s Most Terrifying Murderers
    • By: Harold Schechter
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    • By Neuron on 02-07-17

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    • By: Harold Schechter
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    • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
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    • By Michael Richardson on 12-18-18

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    • By: Harold Schechter
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    • 5 out of 5 stars
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    • The Life and Legend of an American Cannibal
    • By: Harold Schechter
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    • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
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    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Made me hungry. Just kidding.

    • By daniel on 05-01-17

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