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THE DEVIL'S BUTLER

Holt (Simma)

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ISBN 10: 0771042299 / ISBN 13: 9780771042294
Published by McClelland and Stewart (Toronto/Montreal), 1972
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Hardback. An outrageous story of violence and bestial abuse inflicted on a young transient, held as a captive "butler" by members of the Satan's Angels motorcycle club in Vancouver, and details the capture, trial, and conviction of his tormentors. With thorough documentation, the author shows how outlaw motorcycle clubs thrived in the context of drugs, rock festivals and hippie migrations, terrorising the community at large but finding ideal victims in the gentler drop-outs and drug-users who shared their anti-authoritarian world. The author unfolds the story with judicious use of transcripts from the police wire-tapping of the clubhouse phone and from the court records of the case, which she followed through to its completion. The story she tells is convincing evidence of her thesis that lawlessness, however non-violent, ultimately leads to violence or becomes its prey. With Appendices. 216pp. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. With rubber stamp 'Betty Marks Literary Agent.' to fep o/w Nr. F. in G++ dw. which is frayed and has closed tear to lower cover. Bookseller Inventory # 14668

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Title: THE DEVIL'S BUTLER

Publisher: McClelland and Stewart (Toronto/Montreal)

Publication Date: 1972

Binding: Hardcover / Hardback

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

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This is a book that won't let you hide or run away. It tells the true and incredible story of outrageous violence and bestial abuse inflected on a young transient held as a captive "butler" by members of the Satan's Angels motorcycle club in Vancouver, and details the capture, trial, and conviction of his tormentors. With thorough documentation, veteran reporter Simma Holt shows how outlaw motorcycle clubs thrive in the context of drugs, rock festivals and hippie migrations, terrorizing the community at large but finding ideal victims in the gentler drop-outs and drug-users who share their anti-authoritarian world. Mrs Holt lets the story unfold with judicious use of transcripts from the police wire-tapping of the clubhouse phone and from the court records of the case, which she follows through to its completion. The story she tells is convincing evidence of her thesis that lawlessness, however non-violent, ultimately leads to violence or becomes its prey.

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