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MORTAL REMAINS. A True Story of Ritual Murder

Scammell (Henry)

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ISBN 10: 0060992433 / ISBN 13: 9780060992439
Published by Edward Burlingame Books, 1991
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Hardback. The chilling story of ritual murder and Satanism in a small New England town. A violent street culture, 3 brutal slayings, Satanic cults, this is a fascinating story of how a few dedicated police, with the help of modern forensics, solved one of the most bizarre crimes in Massachusetts history. Featuring Carl Drew, Carl Davis, Andy Malais, Willie Smith, Robin Murphy. Illus. + Source Notes. 302pp. lge. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. Nr. F. in sl. faded Vg+ dw. Bookseller Inventory # 12788

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Title: MORTAL REMAINS. A True Story of Ritual ...

Publisher: Edward Burlingame Books

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover / Hardback

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First edition.

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Recounts the macabre 1980 murder of Karen Marsden in Massachusetts, slain by her female lover at the behest of a Satanist, and the complex forensics work that brought the case to trial

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A cool-tempered combination of police science and forensic anthropology that tells of satanic murders in Fall River, Mass.- -where Lizzie Borden chopped up her parents. Scammell, a free-lancer who writes about aerospace, medicine, and archaeology, was assisted by Douglas Ubelaker, a ``bone man'' from the Smithsonian, in writing this true-crime expos‚ that reads more like an adventure in evidence-gathering. Revolving around Carl Drew--a Satanist and pimp with Manson-like powers who ordered his followers to kill two young prostitutes and 20-year-old Karen Marsden, whose skull fragment is the main piece of evidence in the forensic jigsaw puzzle--the ``lurid metaphysics'' of devil worship and ritual sacrifice take back seat here to detailed accounts of how police and prosecutors made sense out of a murder case with no body. Instead, they had to rely on bones, hair clumps, torn clothing, and the contradictory testimonies of the accused and his accomplices. Unfortunately, Scammell often resorts to the Dragnet- style Q&As to integrate the mounds of interrogation transcripts. He is most interesting when he wanders from the narrative path and treats us to brief histories of skeletology, religious cults, and even Lizzie Borden's life. For the most part, though, Scammell's misplaced emphasis on technicalities makes us forget the real hideousness of the case. Though neatly written and edited, Scammell's story of sex, slaughter, and Satanism is too dry to live up to its subject. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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