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With makeup and an affected Elvis pout Tucson’s Charlie Schmid was a crude parody of a bad boy heartthrob In 1964 he still had a hold on girls who’d follow him anywhere He murdered three of themIt was the dawn of the free love movement perfect for a magnetic madman who’d also foreshadow its. Before listening to The Pied Piper I had never heard of Charlie Schmid In 1960s Tuscon AZ Schmid gathered a group of followers around him Schmid had a fascination with killing people He murdered three young women just to do it He got away with it for awhileuntil his friends turned on himThis story is supremely creepy I don't see how Charles Schmid had any sort of magnetic personality His behavior and appearance seems incredibly odd He loved Elvisso he dyed his hair black used mascara and applied pancake makeup to his face He walked around with a strange sneer on his face thinking it made him look like Elvis That would not attract me to follow someone into aberrant behaviorit would repel me But then again I guess I can't understand why people followed Charles Manson either Bizarre story I listened to the audio book version of The Pied Piper The audio is just over an hour long and is narrated by Steven Weber Weber reads at an even pace and is easily understandable I have partial hearing loss but was easily able to hear and understand the entire story The Pied Piper is one of six true crime stories in the Bloodlands Collection from Audible Originals Schechter has written several true crime novels about famous killers including Ed Gein and HH Holmes The Bloodlands Collection gathers together little known stories of crimes from the last 100 years I've listened to 3 of the stories so farenjoyable and informative This one is by far the creepiest Schmid makes for a disturbing tale of murder and weird behavior

REVIEW The Pied Piper

The Pied PiperEnd a few years later in the malignant charisma of Charles Manson The inspiration for a classic story by Joyce Carol Oates Schmid the most bizarre serial killer of any era was the epitome of a narcissist flattered into believing he could get away with murderThe Pied Piper is part of Bloodlands a c. Not my favourite of Schechter's Bloodlands Collection The Pied Piper wasn't uite as convincing as the other volumes in the series especially in terms of Schechter's exploration of the criminality at the heart of US culture This time out Schechter is trying to illuminate the USA's love for and vulnerability to charismatic manipulators If it isn't uite the USA's easy love affair with cults it is at least the USA's dangerous defencelessness to those who can make others do anything Enter Charles SchmidAn Elvis James Dean inspired Rebel Without a Cause Schmid preyed on a group of outsiders in Tucson of the 60s turning them all into his accomplices in a series of murders that were seemingly perpetrated for a combination of kicks experience and to rid himself of those who annoyed him Schechter is right to try and unlock this strange cultish demon of US culture but his subject this time out is both underwhelming and less convincing than say the Bloody Benders and their thrill killing in Little Slaughterhouse on the Prairie Schmid doesn't have the potency of that other Charles of true crime infamy nor do his short lived crimes ever go beyond local horror Yet they do show without a doubt how easy it is for those on the periphery of society to fall under the spell of a big fish in a small pond Regardless of its lesser place in the Bloodlands Collection The Pied Piper is a fascinating story and Steven Weber's vocal performance remains outstanding as it has throughout this series I have only one volume to go in the Bloodlands Collection and I will be sorry to see it end

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READ & DOWNLOAD Õ The Pied Piper ✓ With makeup and an affected Elvis pout Tucson’s Charlie Schmid was a crude parody of a bad boy heartthrob In 1964 he still had a hold on girls who’d follow him anywhere He murdered three of themIt was the dawn of the free love movement—perfect for a magnetic madman who’d also foreshadow its end a few yeaHilling collection of short page turning 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. Hey c’mon babe Follow me I’m the Pied Piper And I’ll show you where it’s at lyrics to a popular song at the timeThe Pied Piper is a very interesting account of a serial killer in the 1960's in Tucson Arizona named Charles Schmid or Smitty to those who knew him My interest was piued partly because I had never heard of the Pied Piper so called because of his charismatic ability to get the local teenagers to follow him like lapdogs I also was intrigued due to Smitty's obsession with his appearance Apparently in imitation of his idol Elvis Smitty would die his hair black add mascara and pancake makeup to his face paint a beauty mark that looked like a greasy mole and affect a pouty snarl In an effort to add three inches to his height he would stuff his boots with empty cans and newspaper this made him walking funnyYou know if it looks like a freak walks like a freakYou get the picture He killed three young women for the kicks Eventually his friends ratted him out and he was tried convicted and sentenced to the gas chamber which was later commuted to life in prison Eventually he was murdered by a pair of convicts would some grudge The community in Tucson I'm sure is grateful for that actI enjoyed this book and look forward to of this seriesThe story of Smitty was the inspiration for Joyce Carol Oates' “Where Are You Going Where Have You Been”