The Supernatural Murders by Jonathan Goodman

The Supernatural Murders

byJonathan Goodman

Kobo ebook | January 5, 2014

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Sure to capture the imagination of devotees of true crime and the occultThis anthology of thirteen true crime stories includes the mysterious slaying of Charles Walton, who was found slashed and pierced to death in an area notorious for its associations with black magic; the murder of Eric Tombe, whose body was located because of a recurring dream in which his mother saw Eric down a well; the terrorizing of Hammersmith, London, in the early nineteenth century by the nocturnal appearance of a “ghost”; the Salem witchcraft trials; the murder of Rasputin, who was believed by some in Russia to be a miracle worker and by others to be a dangerous charlatan; a Scottish tale in which evidence given by the ghost of the victim was allowed at the murderers trial; and the bizarre goings-on at 112 Ocean Avenue, Amityville, New York, where Ronnie DeFeo Jr. murdered his entire family—the new occupants were subjected to all manner of sinister events, including the presence of poltergeists, or were they?
Title:The Supernatural MurdersFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 5, 2014Publisher:Kent State University PressLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Very Mixed Bag This is a book of true crime stories compiled by Jonathan Goodman. The book contains thirteen such stories written by a total of eleven authors – a couple of authors having contributed more than one. Most of the stories take place before the mid-twentieth century; in fact some date to events as far back as the seventeenth century. The word “supernatural” in the title simply alludes to the fact that some element of the paranormal is somehow involved in each story e.g., witches as in the Salem witch trials, ghosts as allegedly seen by some murder witnesses, seemingly strange mesmerizing powers of Rasputin, unsuccessful executions as though “something” was trying to save the condemned, etc. Most of the stories are interesting to varying degrees, but the writing styles differ immensely. I found some stories to be clear and well-written to that they kept me captivated to the end, whereas I found others to be so obscurely/awkwardly written as to be difficult for me to follow. But overall, this book should be of interest to many true crime enthusiasts, especially those who don’t mind the odd esoteric tale in arcane prose.
Date published: 2011-10-05