With makeup and an affected Elvis pout, Tucsons Charlie Schmid was a crude parody of a bad-boy heartthrob. In 1964, he still had a hold on girls whod follow him anywhere. He murdered three of them.It was the dawn of the free-love movementperfect for a magnetic madman whod also foreshadow its end a few years later in the malignant charisma of Charles Manson. The inspiration for a classic story by Joyce Carol Oates, Schmid, the most bizarre serial killer of any era, was the epitome of a narcissist flattered into believing he could get away with murder.The Pied Piper is part of Bloodlands, a chilling collection of short page-turning historical narratives from bestselling true-crime master Harold Schechter. Spanning a century in our nations murderous past, Schechter resurrects nearly forgotten tales of madmen and thrill-killers that dominated the most sensational headlines of their day....
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The Pied Piper (Bloodlands Collection) Reviews
Another true crime short story depicting "wild teens" and psychopathic tendencies. This is a disturbing tale of a serial killer.
What a creep!
The Pied Piper of Tuscon was a psychopathic pedophile who did exactly what he wanted, when he wanted to. Unfortunately for three young girls he wanted to commit murder. Interesting, detailed story of a murderer I had never heard of before.
I had never heard of this serial killer, so I found the book interesting. It's a very quick read with no fluff or sensationalized drama. The story is told in a very straight-forward, factual manner. The author could have delved more into some of the details of the killer and the people who surrounded him. I was kind of intrigued by the killer's adoptive mother and would have liked to learn more about her relationship with him.
Hey, c’mon, babe Follow me
I’m the Pied Piper
And I’ll show you where it’s at
- lyrics to a popular song at the time
"The Pied Piper" is a very interesting account of a serial killer in the 1960's in Tucson, Arizona, named Charles Schmid, or Smitty to those who knew him. My interest was piqued partly because I had never heard of the Pied Piper, so called because of his charismatic ability to get the local teenagers to follow him like lapdogs. I also was intrigued due to Smitty's obsession with his ...more
BLOODLANDS is a collection of 6 short true crime essays by Harold Schechter. A review will appear at the end of the series
Interesting Murder Read
Very nicely written telling of three gruesome murders by a sociopath. Historically accurate, well researched and cited. another look at some of the worst people.
Although this was a very short book, it was true crime story, that got to the facts, gave a background, and told the story in logical sequence. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series on 'serial killers' past and present.
Once again, a very interesting look at a murderer and the time surrounding his deads.