California's picturesque shores have always been a magnet for outcasts and criminals. Read about 64 of the most horrifying crimes ever committed in The Golden State, from the early 1950s into the 1980s. These accounts tell of man's inhumanity toward his fellow man and provide an inside look at infamous serial killers, assassins, sadistic rapists, bank robbers, kidnappers, Satan worshippers, and a plethora of other notorious criminals. Revisit "The Sex Club Slaying," "The Chowchilla School Bus Kidnapping," and the "Real House on Haunted Hill." Be glad you're not on the helpful list of "The Lonely Hearts Killer" or "Souls for Satan." Written in an accessible, chronological sequence and enhanced by over 60 photographs, each entry provides an overview of the crime, the parties involved, evidence gathered, and leading theories about solutions. This reference is indispensable for the study of the history of modern crime in California.
Award-winning author Michael Thomas Barry is a graduate of the California State University Fullerton with degrees in history and criminal justice. He also pens the daily column On this date in crime history for CrimeMagazine.com.