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Sex-crime panic : a journey to the paranoid heart of the 1950s

Author: Neil Miller
Publisher: Los Angeles : Alyson Books, 2002.
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A portrait of prejudice begins with the 1955 murder of an eight-year-old boy in Iowa, and the arrest and conviction of a simpleminded salesman for the crime. Within months, public hysteria caused the police to arrest 20 middle-class gay men who were charged with being "sexual psychopaths," although none had anything to do with the murder, and who were incarcerated for prolonged periods of time in a state mental  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Miller, Neil, 1945-
Sex-crime panic.
Los Angeles : Alyson Books, 2002
(OCoLC)654286317
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Neil Miller
ISBN: 1555836593 9781555836597
OCLC Number: 47844729
Awards: Lambda Literary Award, 2002
Description: xvii, 313 p. ; 21 cm.
Contents: Two murders --
A boy is missing --
Enter Ernest Triplett --
Truth serum --
"A lover of Liberace" on trial --
The body in the cornfield --
Needed: 25 sexual psychopaths --
The roundup --
Pinched --
Enemies within --
Naming names --
Morals crusader --
The sexual psychopath ward --
The arrival --
The men in the pink shirts --
Dancing with Greta Garbo --
Therapy --
Matters of the heart --
The power and the glory --
Christmas in Sioux City --
Cured --
Closing the books --
The second roundup --
Fighting back --
The reckoning --
Crimes of the past 1 --
Crimes of the past 2 --
Sex-crime panic: legacy of a troubled past --
Sex-crime panic --
Sex-crime panic timeline.
Responsibility: Neil Miller.

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A portrait of prejudice begins with the 1955 murder of an eight-year-old boy in Iowa, and the arrest and conviction of a simpleminded salesman for the crime. Within months, public hysteria caused the police to arrest 20 middle-class gay men who were charged with being "sexual psychopaths," although none had anything to do with the murder, and who were incarcerated for prolonged periods of time in a state mental hospital.

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