Simon Baatz

Simon Baatz

Simon Baatz was born in London and studied at the University of York and Imperial College London. He first came to the United States for graduate work in the history of science at the University of Pennsylvania and he subsequently taught United States history at George Mason University in northern Virginia.

His most recent book, THE GIRL ON THE VELVET SWING, was published on January 16, 2018 by Mulholland Books, an imprint of Little, Brown & Co.

Principato-Young Entertainment, a film and television production company based in Beverly Hills, has optioned his previous book, FOR THE THRILL OF IT, a history of the Leopold-Loeb case. FOR THE THRILL OF IT, a New York Times bestseller, was a finalist for the Edgar Allan Poe Award.

Simon has lived in Tokyo, Frankfurt am Main, and Washington DC and he now teaches American legal history at John Jay College, City University of New York.

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    • The Girl on the Velvet Swing

    • Sex, Murder, and Madness at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century
    • By: Simon Baatz
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    • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
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    From New York Times best-selling author Simon Baatz, the first comprehensive account of a 1906 murder at Madison Square Garden that shocked the world....

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    • By Polly L. Mccall on 07-12-18

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    • For the Thrill of It

    • Leopold, Loeb, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz Age Chicago
    • By: Simon Baatz
    • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
    • Length: 20 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
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    It was a crime that shocked the nation: the brutal murder in Chicago in 1924 of a child by two wealthy college students....

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    • By Anne Ashley on 05-05-17

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