This book is divided. Part I covers notorious crimes, twenty-one gruesome, horrendous, mystifying crime documented from case histories. Mental afflictions, hallucinations, and living as shunned outcasts, underscore many of these murderers. They were inventive, cruel, sadistic, insane, and generally without remorse. Albert Fish loved bizarre behaviour, and he devoured young girl flesh. Ed Gein collected female body parts, wore female skin, and kept human skulls to make newel posts and kitchen bowls. Lyle and Eric Menendez had the advantages of wealth. They went on a crime spree in Beverly Hills, buying expensive cars after murdering their father and mother. They claimed physical abuse. The trial became a media frenzy. Both were convicted and are still incarcerated. They were "narcissistic, lacked a conscience, and were complete sociopaths."
Part II is entitled "Quick Hits." These were crimes that ranged from one person victim, to the horrific proportion of a possible twenty-seven victims. One might surmise that the killer "snapped." The result was one, or many. Often, the killer surrendered, and confessed. Anger and resentment had bubbled up, boiled, and spilled over into outrageous violence. Retaliation, excitement, illusions of grandeur, and even experimentation were reasons given. Many were deemed insane, and were often diagnosed as delusional paranoid schizophrenics. Some just wanted to be a head-liner serial killer, a mass murderer, or a cult leader.
This is only a sampling of the cases presented in this Scene Of The Crime book. Les MacDonald has authored and co-authored several books in the true crime genre.
Part One in Scene of the Crime is titled Notorious Crimes. Included are The Very Strange Mr. Fish, The Butcher of Plainfield, From the Pros to the Penitentiary, Nightmare on Elm Drive, The Brown's Chicken Murders, The Kitty Genovese Murder, The Wichita Horror, The Hi Fi Murders, The Poster Boy for Capital Punishment, The Yogurt Shop Murders, The Vampire Rapist, The Murder of James Bulger, Thrill Killers: Leopold and Loeb, The Killing of Anita Cobby, Death in a Bottle: The Tylenol, Excedrin and Sudafed Murders, The Easter Sunday Murders, Murder at McDonald's, The Luby's Massacre, Charles Manson and Helter Skelter. Part Two: Quick Hits holds 13 shorter chapters that include Eric Smith, The Camden Killer, Killed Over a Kiss, The Bed & Breakfast Murders, Who Shot the War Hero?, The Colorado Springs Killings, Joseph Vacher, Jeanne Weber, Michael Hernandez, The Tourniquet Killer, Patricia Johnson and Killed Over Facebook Status. The book ends with I Don't Like Mondays. It has been re-released with applicable updates and new photos.