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Charmer : a ladies' man and his victims

Author: Jack Olsen
Publisher: New York : W. Morrow, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In a tree-lined community near Seattle, young women and girls were drawn to George Russell, Jr. They crowned him "cool," trusted him as their protector, and took him to their hearts. And why not? An articulate young African American, he was a cheerful companion, flashy dancer, and urban sophisticate. He had good looks, professional parents, rich friends, a beguiling style and smile. George was a local favorite.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Biography
Named Person: George Russell, Jr.
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jack Olsen
ISBN: 0688109039 9780688109035
OCLC Number: 30078506
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 367 p. ; 25 cm.
Responsibility: Jack Olsen.

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In a tree-lined community near Seattle, young women and girls were drawn to George Russell, Jr. They crowned him "cool," trusted him as their protector, and took him to their hearts. And why not? An articulate young African American, he was a cheerful companion, flashy dancer, and urban sophisticate. He had good looks, professional parents, rich friends, a beguiling style and smile. George was a local favorite. Then, bodies started turning up - in a nightclub parking lot, in a quiet, out-of-the-way house, and in a tastefully decorated apartment. The victims, attractive young females, had been bludgeoned to death, violated sexually, then outrageously posed like gallery sculptures. Seasoned investigators were sickened by the cold brutality. A prosecutor described the bodies as "the killer's collected works of art." No one suspected George Russell. He offered the police helpful clues and even put the finger on a pal. When frustrated detectives ran out of leads, they came close to giving up on the case. In this riveting examination into the mind and life of a vicious killer and his deceptively charming persona, Jack Olsen tracks Russell's thirty-year psychological decline, which culminated in a shocking killing spree. But Charmer is more than the tragic story of a murderer and his victims. Written with a thriller's edge, it is a stirring portrait of race and crime in America today.

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