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Publisher's Summary

During the Depression, economic anxieties found an outlet in a series of child murders that triggered an irrational nationwide hysteria: pedophiliac psychopaths were overrunning the country.

As America was brought to rage and fury by the press and the FBI, lynch mobs took to the streets, reason gave way to doomsday scenarios, and one father was even driven to murder his three daughters to “save them” from a degenerate crime wave. A terrifying cautionary essay, Panic explores the combustible mix of unfounded fears, moral crusades, and the dangers of collective thinking.

Panic is part of Bloodlands, a chilling collection of short addictive historical narratives from bestselling true-crime master Harold Schechter. Spanning a century in our nation’s murderous past, Schechter resurrects nearly forgotten tales of madmen and thrill-killers that dominated the most sensational headlines of their day.

©2018 Harold Schechter (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Mary Christine Delea
  • USA
  • 2019-05-01

Great Quick True Crime Tale

This was the first of this series that I listened to, and I really enjoyed it. It is quite different from the others I have since read, which do not stray from the true crime format.

Instead, this book looks at the panic in America during the 1930s regarding pedophilia. It does not look at one case/criminal, but a few cases. Even better, the book examines this type of hysteria--how and why it happens, how it still happens, etc.--very sociological.

These short books are a great bridge between longer works. And Steven webber does a fantastic job performing the book.

I highly recommend!

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  • amazon reader
  • Lewisburg, TN
  • 2019-04-30

Pamic

Horrible book! Made me sick to.my stpmach!! I wish I had not bought it! Wanted to return but bbq was unable to!

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  • Michael Richardson
  • 2018-12-19

this was a hard one.

this was a hard one for me to go through. It is shocking to me that most of these guys didn't get the death penalty...

the book itself is very well done. ythe audiobook performance was top notch.

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  • Montzalee Wittmann
  • Missouri, USA
  • 2018-11-11

Sad, sick history

Panic is about sex and murder crimes against children in the past. It gives a run down of some some of the most sensational ones. It was hard to listen too.😢 The information was good and so was the narration but it was heartbreaking.

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  • Kay
  • 2018-11-07

Can’t get enough

This was yet again another great story in the series. You can’t go wrong with any of the Bloodlands stories.

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  • J. Ehrenberg
  • 2018-09-23

Good performance but tough listen

This was decent overall. The story itself is hard to listen to, but the performance is good.

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  • Delzona
  • Tucson, AZ United States
  • 2018-09-05

Troubling story

Sad and tragic stories that only goes to remind the reader that this type of horrible behavior has been going on for a long time. Sadly, children have been and still are targets for abuse. The only positive is that parents and the public have become less tolerate of people who do these things and are more willing to step-in or speak out.

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  • Antonio E. Lopez
  • 2018-08-27

Pretty interesting stuff.

Brief but informative. Touches slightly on a different type of issue that affected this country during The Great Depression.

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  • A. Atkinson
  • Indiana
  • 2018-08-18

Interesting

I'm not sure what to do with this, but it was more like a podcast than a book I would read. It lent itself to an audio listening. Creepy subject matter- truth is stranger than fiction.

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  • Admiralu
  • Camarillo, California United States
  • 2018-08-08

Panic Over Horrific Events- Superb Narration

This was another riveting story of true crime from the Bloodlands series. In this edition, the public is whipped into a frenzy regarding the shocking murders and sexual assaults of young children in the 1930s. While not necessarily the epidemic the papers would have you believe, this was a large number of these cases, the facts surrounding the cases mentioned are horrific. Most of these mentioned will enrage you. Clear, concise reporting and relation of the events. Superb narration by Steven Webbers