The Slasher Killings: A Canadian Sex-Crime Panic, 1945-1946 (Painted Turtle)

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As the city of Windsor, Ontario, celebrated the end of World War II and the return of its troops with parades and public revelry, the industrial city in the south of Canada was shaken by a series of brutal stabbings. The failure of the police to catch the murderer, a "blood lusting maniac" as the local newspaper described him, the turbulence of the times, and the seemingly random nature of the killings plunged the city into a panic. In The Slasher Killings Patrick Brode tells the dramatic story of the Windsor slasher, the social frenzy that his attacks created, and the surprising results that this hysteria generated.

By July and August of 1945, Windsor residents knew there was a serial killer living among them and that, despite numerous police roundups, no credible suspect had been found. The following summer the panic escalated when the stabbings began again and, this time, focused on "sex deviants" whom the public and police had decided were at the heart of the problem. Brode examines the vicious press campaign that arose out of the paranoia that vilified drifters, the unemployed, racial minorities, and, finally, sexual outsiders, only further fanning the flames of the growing panic. Brode reveals how the authorities used this hysteria to support their efforts to monitor and control the actions of gay men, a campaign that would be part of the process that led to Canada's 1948 "criminal sexual psychopath" law but would ultimately bring them no closer to the identity of the killer.

The Slasher Killings draws heavily on the records of the murder investigations maintained by the Windsor Police Department, bringing firsthand evidence and documents to light in this dramatic mystery and informative historical study. Local history buffs, true-crime enthusiasts, and readers interested in the role of the media in shaping public discourse will appreciate The Slasher Killings.

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Examines the postwar Windsor slasher killings and the social consequences of the public paranoia that followed.

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Patrick Brode is a lawyer in Windsor, Ontario, and author of five books on the history of law in Canada, including Sir John Beverley Robinson: Bone and Sinew of the Compact, a finalist for the City of Toronto Book Award in 1985, and The Odyssey of John Anderson, a finalist for the Trillium Award in 1990.

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