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The Resource Natural born celebrities : serial killers in American culture, David Schmid

Natural born celebrities : serial killers in American culture, David Schmid

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Natural born celebrities : serial killers in American culture
Title
Natural born celebrities
Title remainder
serial killers in American culture
Statement of responsibility
David Schmid
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "David Schmid provides a historical account of how serial killers became famous and how that fame has been used in popular media and the corridors of the FBI alike. Ranging from H. H. Holmes, whose killing spree during the 1893 Chicago World's Fair inspired The Devil in the White City, right up to Aileen Wuornos, the lesbian prostitute whose vicious murder of seven men would serve as the basis for the hit film Monster, Schmid unveils a new understanding of serial killers by emphasizing both the social dimensions of their crimes and their susceptibility to multiple interpretations and uses. He also explores why serial killers have become so endemic in popular culture, from their depiction in The Silence of the Lambs and The X-Files to their becoming the stuff of trading cards and even Web sites where you can buy their hair and nail clippings
  • Ultimately, Schmid argues that America needs the perversely familiar figure of the serial killer now more than ever to manage the fear posed by Osama bin Laden since 9/11."--BOOK JACKET
Summary
A historical account of how serial killers have become famous in American culture looks at the consequences of their fame and examines how that fame has been used in both the popular media and law enforcement, profiling a variety of notorious murderers and their influence on popular culture, from 1893 killer H. H. Holmes to terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden
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269181
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DLC
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Schmid, David
Dewey number
364.1523
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Serial murderers
  • Crime in popular culture
  • Serial murders in mass media
  • Fame
Target audience
adult
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serial killers in American culture
Label
Natural born celebrities : serial killers in American culture, David Schmid
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 285-310) and index
Contents
The Victorian killer as media star : Jack the Ripper and H.H. Holmes -- Defining the enemy within : the FBI and serial murder -- Natural born celebrities : serial killers and the Hollywood star system -- Out of this world : aliens, devils, and serial killers in television crime drama -- Next door monsters : the dialectic of normality and monstrosity in true-crime narratives -- The unbearable straightness of violence : queering serial murder in true crime
Control code
000026374377
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 327 p.
Isbn
9780226738673
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Label
Natural born celebrities : serial killers in American culture, David Schmid
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 285-310) and index
Contents
The Victorian killer as media star : Jack the Ripper and H.H. Holmes -- Defining the enemy within : the FBI and serial murder -- Natural born celebrities : serial killers and the Hollywood star system -- Out of this world : aliens, devils, and serial killers in television crime drama -- Next door monsters : the dialectic of normality and monstrosity in true-crime narratives -- The unbearable straightness of violence : queering serial murder in true crime
Control code
000026374377
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 327 p.
Isbn
9780226738673
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)

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