Frenzy! by Neil Root
How the tabloid press turned three evil serial killers into celebrities

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Murder has transfixed the popular press for centuries. But it was only in the second half of the twentieth century that murder began saturating front pages and making these monsters what we today recognise as modern celebrities.

It was three serial killers, caught and executed in the few years after the end of the Second World War, who precipitated a level of public furore never seen before. Neville Heath, a 'charming' sadist who killed two women; John George Haigh, the Acid Bath Killer who killed between six and nine men and women; and John Christie, the ineffectual necrophile, who killed between six and eight women. The modern news coverage finds its roots with these three men whom the crime historian Donald Thomas called the 'Postwar Psychopaths'. Their crimes were the first to generate a tabloid frenzy the like of which we see all around us today. It was not only the murderers who captured the public's imagination. It was the detectives who hunted them down, the judiciary who tried them, and the man who executed them, the legendary hangman Albert Pierrepoint.

This book tells the stories of these three infamous serial killers against the backdrop of the tabloid frenzy that surrounded them.


About Neil Root

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Neil Root was born in London in 1971. He is a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at the University of Manchester. As well as being a writer, he is a lecturer and teacher in English Literature and Language. He has worked abroad in several countries. He has a special interest in true crime, psychology and history, and has read and researched widely on these subjects. He lives in London.
Published August 31, 2012 by Preface Digital. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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And John Christie, the resident of 10 Rillington Place, needs little introduction – he killed and then raped three young women, leaving them in a type of coal larder in his kitchen, thus making them join his wife under the lounge floorboards and two others in the back garden – yet simple Tim Evan...

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Towards the end of the book, Root refers to News of the World’s star crime reporter Norman Rae and the millions of people who read his John Christie coverage.

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