Murder Cases of the Twentieth Century

Biographies and Bibliographies of 280 Convicted or Accused Killers


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About the Book

From Jack Henry Abbott, who stabbed a waiter through the heart for not allowing him to use the toilet, to the “Zodiac,” an unknown California serial killer who may have murdered as many as 37 people, this reference work details 280 of the most famous murder cases of the twentieth century. Each entry contains, when applicable, birth and death dates, aliases, occupation, location of the murders, weapons used, number of victims, and the time period when the killings occurred. Films, plays, television shows, videos and audio programs based on or inspired by the case are then cited, followed by a brief overview of the murder case and a bibliography of English-language works related to it.

About the Author(s)

David K. Frasier is a reference librarian at the Lilly Library at Indiana University Bloomington. He is the author of several books.

Bibliographic Details

David K. Frasier

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 570
Bibliographic Info: bibliographies, indexes
Copyright Date: 2007 [1996]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3031-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0808-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      xi

Foreword      xv

Preface      xvii

The Cases     1

Appendix: A Classification of the Cases      487

Author and Title Index to the Bibliographic Entries      497

General Index to Page Numbers      509

Book Reviews & Awards

  • ALA Outstanding Reference Source
  • “A near-perfect reference source…thorough yet nonlurid…. Useful, entertaining, extremely well written and meticulously researched and formatted”—Library Journal
  • “Frasier’s carefully researched and objectively written case reports ought to be sources of choice”—Rettig on Reference