Serial Killers of the ’70s
Stories Behind a Notorious Decade of Death
By Jane Fritsch (Author)
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 Carl Eugene Watts, known as “The Sunday Morning Slasher,” who killed 80 women; Richard Chase, the “Vampire of Sacramento”; and Rodney Alacala, 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
Richard Chase: The Vampire of Sacramento
John Wayne Gacy: The Killer Clown
Carl Eugene Watts: The Sunday Morning Slasher
Vaughn Greenwood: The Skid Row Slasher
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Jane Fritsch is a former New York Times reporter who was a Pulitzer finalist with Dean Baquet, currently the Times’ executive editor, and contributed to the paper’s coverage of 9/11, which won a Pulitzer Prize. She also covered the trial of serial killer John Wayne Gacy for the Chicago Tribune. Fritsch has taught journalism at Columbia University and Iowa State and worked as a researcher and consultant for the Investigation Discovery channel documentary Deadly Legacy, about John Wayne Gacy.