By Colin Wilson
From the bestselling writer of THE OUTSIDER
Colin Wilson, co-author of the bestselling ENCYCLOPEDIA OF homicide, has written a definitive quantity at the world's significant circumstances of violent homicide. In doing so, he strains the historical past of violence from its beginnings. From Sawney Bean and his cannibal kinfolk to Ed Gein, the Wisconsin Necrophile, Wilson illustrates the "changing models of murder" and exhibits a few desire for the long run.
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