“The Pied Piper” by Harold Schechter is a novel in the Bloodlands Collection series. The story is set in the year of 1911 and is loosely based on the true story of a serial killer who terrorized Colorado Springs. The novel follows a journalist named Oliver Metcalf and his photographer, Eliza Walford, who are assigned to cover the story of the “Pied Piper”. The killer had taken a number of young children and left behind a trail of clues, leading the townspeople to think the culprit was a child abductor. However, as they delve deeper into the investigation, they uncover a much darker truth. The Pied Piper is revealed to be a psychopathic madman who lures young girls to their death, enjoying the dance of death and pleasure that comes with it. The story reaches a climax when the killer strikes once again, and Oliver and Eliza find themselves in a terrifying situation as the killer targets them for his final act. Schechter’s storytelling skills create a haunting and gripping narrative, with vivid descriptions of the setting and the characters. The novel explores themes of madness, mental illness, and the darkness that can lie within a person’s soul. It is a thrilling and chilling read, perfect for fans of true crime and gothic horror.
With his makeup and Elvis – influenced pout, Tucson’s Charlie Schmid is a crude imitation of a heartless bad boy.
In 1964, he was still holding on to girls who would follow him anywhere. He killed three of them.
It was the dawn of the freedom – loving movement – perfect for a magnetic maniac who also heralded its end a few years later in Charles Manson’s malevolent charisma. The inspiration for a classic story by Joyce Carol Oates, Schmid, the weirdest serial killer of all time, is the epitome of a proud narcissist who believes he can get away with murder.
The Pied Piper is part of the Bloodlands, a macabre collection of addictive short historical stories from best – selling true – crime master Harold Schechter. Spanning a century into our nation’s murderous past, Schechter revives the almost forgotten stories of maniacs and horror killers that dominated the most sensationalist headlines of their time.
This one could have used a bit more detail in my opinion. He says she talks more than anything. But maybe that’s because that’s how the case was presented. Who knows? It is a very interesting story. Makes you wonder what goes through people’s heads. I plan to study not only this but the stories from all six of these stories. As an empath, some of the harsh realities in this series were hard to accept and made me think. Anyway, I overcame them. I recommend it to anyone who thinks they can accept the horrible way humans treat others. It is interesting to discover what is known today from a very long time ago.
This is another excellent chapter in the Bloodlands series. The Pied Piper recounts a series of murders by a psychopath from Arizona. An engaging read and a great listening piece, it paints a portrait of restless teenagers who have lost their way and gotten caught up in trouble. At one point 30 people knew that some of the missing girls were dead and didn’t tell the authorities about it. Even after the killer is caught and unfortunately escapes the death penalty he so much deserves, he still befriends a poetry professor. The professor began a thirty – year program of working with prisoners. Killer Schmidt was brutally attacked and eventually died from his wounds. Only the killer’s mother and guide mourn him. I feel sad that the professor has become good friends with this devil. Another thrilling read and another great narrative performance by Steven Weber.
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