Serial Killers of the '70s

Stories Behind a Notorious Decade of Death

By Jane Fritsch (Author)

Series Profiles in Crime


Pub Date 8/4/2020

ISBN 9781454939382

Format Paperback



Serial Killers of the '70s

Stories Behind a Notorious Decade of Death

by Jane Fritsch
From Ted Bundy to John Wayne Gacy and David Berkowitz, the 1970s were a time of notorious and brutal serial killers. Find out more about them, along with some you may never have heard of.
The Co-Ed Killer, Son of Sam, Hillside Strangler, and Dating Game Killer—in many ways, terrifying serial killers were as synonymous with the 1970s as Watergate, disco, and the oil crisis. This fascinating collection of profiles presents the most notorious as well as lesser-known serial murderers of that decade. Beyond Ted Bundy and David Berkowitz, it includes more obscure killers like Coral Eugene Watts, known as “The Sunday Morning Slasher,” who killed 80 women; Edmund Kemper, the "Co-Ed Killer"; and Rodney Alcala, who is believed to have killed between 50 and 130 people between 1971-1979.

Profiles will include:
Rodney Alcala: The Dating Game Killer
David Berkowitz: The Son of Sam
Kenneth A. Bianchi and Angelo Buono, Jr: The Hillside Strangler
Ted Bundy
John Wayne Gacy: The Killer Clown
Coral Eugene Watts: The Sunday Morning Slasher
Vaughn Greenwood: The Skid Row Slasher
"The 1970s were probably the most active decade for serial killers in America, as shown in journalist Fritsch’s engrossing debut. . . . True crime buffs will look forward to Fritsch’s sequel covering the 1980s."—Publishers Weekly -

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Jane Fritsch is a journalist who was a reporter and editor at The New York Times, where she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She was also a reporter for The Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and The Chicago Tribune, where she covered the trial of the serial killer John Wayne Gacy. She was an assistant professor at The Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University.

Title Details

Pages 280 pages

Trim 5.5 x 8.25 x 0 Inches

Territories World

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Serial Killers of the '80s

Serial Killers of the '80s