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Lustmord: The Writings and Artifacts of Murderers Paperback – 10 Oct 1996

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  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Bloat,U.S. (10 Oct. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096503240X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965032407
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 958,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Contexualized here, the murderers’ writings become a kind of Outsider literature, transgressive beyond A.M. Homes’s wildest dreams. -- The Village Voice, April 1997

This is a very disturbing book, but one that you won’t be able to put down. -- Factsheet Five, September 1996


Revealing authentic documents from society's very worst murders.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. D. Nunn on 13 April 2011
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Well, it has to be said, if you are even slightly paranoid this is, most likely, not the book for you. It is obviously a very disturbing text, chock full of despair, delusion ... basically the heart of human darkness.

Still, in its own peculiar and tangled way, it sets about seeking out a painful truth, if not exactly a definite explanation of human brutality. There are, unsurprisingly, few books that can match Lustmord as a source of both horror and information, and for this alone it warrants a space on your bookshelf. But there is much more here - there is a near infinite collection of tragic back stories: tales of failure, worthlessness, abuse that although often present only off the page, seep into the wild scrawlings of the truly desperate.

Lustmord tells the truth of Dennis Cooper's claim (that I am clumsily paraphrasing because I can't be bothered to look it up): once you've killed someone you have transgressed what it means to be human. That humanity has failed to wholly frame its natural occupants, that the human world has established an order of value in which, for some, it makes sense to value some lives more than other ... these are the grim themes of a truly horrifying book.

Get it before it's banned.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is the Best of the Books of Serial Killer Writings 23 Mar. 1999
By Pat Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a very fascinating book is worth reading. The writings and artwork of some thirty-seven murderers are contained in this book including Berkowitz, DeSalvo, Fish, Glatman, Heirens, Panzram, Schaefer, Starkweather, and the Zodiac just to name some of the more familiar ones. Good way to get into the mind of a psychopath from his own point of view. The writings are presented in a fairly nonsensationalizing fashion which lets us educate ourselves without insulting the victims. Pat Brown/Director/Investigative Criminal Profiler/The Sexual Homicide Exchange, Inc.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The fine art of murder 24 Aug. 2001
By TheIrrationalMan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This compilation of extracts includes the scribblings, poems, memoirs, short stories, confessions and observations of real-life "pleasure-killers" or "lustmurderers". They range from the writings of killers who are sometimes professional writers, to the barely articulate and even the semi-literate. In a way that easily surpasses the best of what "sane" literature has produced in an attempt to approximate the bestiality of crime, these documents are authentic descriptions of the violence, revenge, celebrity and anti-social dysfunction reaped by modern murderers. What makes this collection unique is that it magnifies what can be called "the fine art of murder", in delineating the "artistic" side of killing. In treating their atrocities and crimes in the spirit of literature, these killers, who comprise rapists, mutilators, cannibals and serial psychopaths, emphasise the act of murder considered for its decidedly "aesthetic" component, if one chooses to adopt this term as a synonym for the natural, the realistic, the sublime, or any term that otherwise serves to designate what moves us deeply. It can be unsettling that such confused, loveless, brutal and genuinely mad individuals can be placed in the category of "creative people", to share in the qualities that have distinguished true literary personalities: obssession, revolt, anguish, conscientiousness, paranoia, narcissim, even a sense of vision. From a clinical point of view, such literature is immensely rich and rewarding, in not only concretely illustrating various states of "pathology", but drawing to our attention a form of art that is simultaneously a weapon of psychic insurrection, or a uniquely transformative act of the criminal's stance towards society. Just as much as a deranged criminal a product of civilisation, so is he, in his efforts as an artist, also an attempt to overcome it.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
"Lustmord" says it all...truly morbid, sordid & banal... 7 Dec. 2004
By Russell A. Rohde MD - Published on Amazon.com
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"Lustmord" The Writings and Artifacts of Murderers" Edit. Brian King, Burbank: Bloat Publ. Co., 1996. ISBN 0-9650324-0-X PB 314 pp., is a panoply of 37 murderers (with and without accomplices) whose crimes, chronicled in alphabetical order, are substantially written in the 1st person or snared from their confessions, self portrayls, or proclammations. The text is decently acccompanied by useful bibliography.

Unlike most books on crimes and criminals, Brian King (?fittingly) chose to have the book's preface written by serial killer Herbert Mullin. "Lustmord" is Germanic and candidly translates to "pleasure killing" -- the book is replete with such accounts, often told in such minute sordid details that elements of OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) appear tantamount in a number of cases.

This is not a book one must read sequentially, i.e., cover-to-cover, since the organization is extrinsic, simply alphabetical. Most cases occurred after WW II, the majority were in the US, a few in the UK. In "Lustmord" the themes of gross sexual perversion and banality become entwined with a variety of schizophrenic and schizoid behaviours and oft times sheds suggestive insight into possible origins of goaded deviancy. I suggest the book be reserved for readers with at least a modest background in medicine or psychology - it is truly morbid. Alternativly, it does serve as an excellent reference source for information on the graceless and muddled deranged eccentricitiies of the "worst of the worst".
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Riveting 11 Oct. 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It's hard to really say that I "enjoyed" this book, but it definitely kept me up late at night reading. The twisted and tortured workings of a murderer's mind, collected here for your reading pleasure. Some of it is terrible (William Bonin's awful "sentimental" stories about preteen boys), some of it is revolting (rope fetishist Gerald Schaeffer rhapsodizing over the sex appeal of dead bodies, cannibal Albert Fish's deeply perverted letters), some of it is genuinely amusing (Charles Schmid's hilarious faux beatnik prose) and a great deal of it is absolutely riveting (Carl Panzram's amazing autobiography, Charles Starkweather's account of his childhood). Essential for crime buffs.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
time consuming but worth it! 20 July 2003
By Nancy Langhofer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Man I loved this book. First off the print is extra tiny--a bit of a strain on the eyes but otherwise allows HOURS of entertaining and disturbing reading. Among the absolutely incredible accounts are included a piece by Issei Sagawa (the Japanese Cannibal) who describes -- in DETAIL -- what it is like to kill and then EAT a woman (including spices and techniques, ugh!). Unforgettable. And by all means don't miss the sadistic creepiness of Gerard J. Schaefer, a real loser who was a deputy sherrif that stalked mostly teenaged girls...includes his depraved sketches as well. My other favorites are Albert Fish and Carl Panzram, but the overwhelming majority are quite fascinating.
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