By Harold Schechter
Bestselling true-crime author Harold Schechter, a number one authority on serial killers, and coauthor David Everitt supply a guided journey during the weird and wonderful and blood-chilling international of serial homicide. via 1000's of specified entries that span the full spectrum -- the surprising crimes, the notorious perpetrators, and masses extra -- they learn all angles of a ugly cultural phenomenon that grips our mind's eye.
From Art (both by means of and approximately serial killers) to Zeitgeist (how killers earlier and current include their times)...from Groupies (even the main sadistic killer can declare committed enthusiasts) to Marriage (the ideal family cover for demented killers)...from Homebodies (psychos who slay within the convenience in their houses) to Plumbing (how clogged drains have undone the main discreet killer), THE A TO Z ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SERIAL KILLERS is the final word reference for an individual forced through the personalities and pathologies at the back of the main demanding of crimes.
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This gave rise to the Calton Hammer Gang (CHG), a subdivision of the Tongs. Most of the CHG hailed from the area around Well Street, a notorious part of Calton known locally as ‘Nightmare Alley’. They were, in effect, the financial wing of the Tongs. Whereas the rest of the gang concentrated on defending their territory, the CHG were strictly profit-orientated and carried out a prolific spate of commercial burglaries across the city. The CHG are a rarity on the streets of Glasgow, in that they seem motivated by money.
When the police arrived, they were pelted with missiles. When questioned about the night’s events, the residents of Southowram claimed that they were not in the least bit surprised, as gangs had been fighting in the village for years. Many said that they felt under siege and that their quality of life had been destroyed: what was once a peaceful village had been reduced to anarchy by a few individuals determined to cause trouble. Although Halifax and the surrounding areas are not in the same league as cities like Sheffield in terms of gang activity, serious violent crime is beginning to take hold in small towns and villages.
Half of what they said in their articles was bullshit. ’ Another source close to the gang confirmed this. ‘Trust me,’ he said, ‘there’s things that the papers didn’t report. ’ Even though they were no longer officially a gang, Teck 9 and their affiliates were sticking to their code of silence. The truth was hidden behind an impenetrable wall of fear: talking to the press was a form of ‘dry snitching’, or informing via gossip. Whatever the reasons for the gang’s actions, they had left a young man lifeless and another with a lengthy jail sentence.