Rope: The Twisted Life and Crimes of Harvey Glatman

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JOURNEY TO THE KILLING GROUND

It was an age of innocence -- an era of carhops, poodle skirts, and hula hoops. It was also a time of terror. In 1958, a man named Harvey Glatman sped along the Santa Ana freeway out of L.A., headed to the desert with his "date" huddled in the passenger seat beside him. In his pockets Harvey had a gun and a length of rope. Drunk on power, arousal, and rage, Harvey also had a plan. And beneath the desert stars, by the light of the moon, he carried out his ordeal of unimaginable cruelty -- using his body, a camera, and his rope....

Months later, after one of his inhuman attacks went awry, Harvey's torture killings were described to a shocked and silent California courtroom. For decades, these infamous deeds would inspire television and movie plots. But until now, there has been no definitive account of the forces that drove one of America's most legendary serial killers. And never before has it been explained why, for Harvey Glatman, his crimes weren't about killing, raping, and torturing at all -- they were all about the rope.

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Rope is the story of Harvey Glatman, a shy young man with few social skills, who raped and strangled women in California in the 1950s. It is a meticulous account of Glatman's life, from the paraphilia of his youth to the depravity of his adulthood. Michael Newton's telling of Glatman's story shows as much fastidiousness as the killer did in committing his crimes, with every detail painstakingly recounted: from what Glatman wore to what he ate to where he parked his car on the days of his crimes. The book also contains many disturbing posed photographs that Glatman, an amateur shutterbug, took of his bound victims before raping and murdering them. --Lisa Higgins

About the Author:

Michael Newton is the author of numerous fiction and nonfiction works, including Waste Land, Daddy Was the Black Dahlia Killer, and Cat and Mouse, all available from Pocket Books. A leading expert on serial murder, Newton lives with his wife in Nashville, Indiana.

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