Absolute Madness: A True Story of a Serial Killer, Race, and by Catherine Pelonero

By Catherine Pelonero

Absolute Madness tells the annoying precise tale of Joseph Christopher, a white serial killer who distinctive black men and struck worry into the citizens of recent York within the Eighties. Dubbed either the 22-Caliber Killer and the Midtown Slasher, Christopher allegedly claimed eighteen sufferers in the course of a savage four-month spree around the country.

The research, aided by way of famed FBI profiler John Douglas, drew nationwide recognition and biting feedback from Jesse Jackson and different civil rights leaders. The killer, whilst finally he used to be unmasked, appeared an not going candidate to have held ny in a grip of terror.

His trap was once neither the top of the tale nor the top of the racial strife, which flared anew in the course of circuitous prosecutions and judicial rulings that triggered cries of a double regular within the justice method. either a wrenching actual crime tale and an incisive portrait of dangerously discordant race kinfolk in the United States, Absolute Madness additionally chronicles a lonely, weak man’s tragic descent into insanity and the failure of the yankee psychological well-being method that refused his pleas for help.

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