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Olsen, Jack

Overview
Works: 71 works in 324 publications in 6 languages and 19,698 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  Biography  Drama  Horror films  Detective and mystery films  Fiction  History  Biographies  Trials, litigation, etc  Nonfiction films 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay
Classifications: HV6248.J475, B
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Most widely held works about Jack Olsen
 
Most widely held works by Jack Olsen
I : the creation of a serial killer by Jack Olsen( Book )

11 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author profiles serial killer Keith Hunter Jesperson, the "Happy Face Killer" from Oregon who strangled eight women in the 1990s, detailing his evolution from angry child to psychotic murderer
"Doc" : the rape of the town of Lovell by Jack Olsen( Book )

9 editions published between 1989 and 2015 in English and held by 1,119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A true story of sexual oppression, denial, and outrage"--Jacket subtitle
Predator : rape, madness, and injustice in Seattle by Jack Olsen( Book )

9 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 1,053 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The true story of a sociopath, his victims, and the innocent man who was blamed for his crimes"--Jacket subtitle
Salt of the earth : one family's journey through the violent American landscape by Jack Olsen( Book )

5 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in English and held by 1,049 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the impact on Elaine and Joe Gere of the disappearance of their twelve-year-old daughter Brenda, a crime that led to Joe Gere's suicide
"Son" : a psychopath and his victims by Jack Olsen( Book )

9 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in English and held by 998 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An account of the investigation of a series of rapes in Spokane, Washington, the arrest and trial of Fred Coe, a conservative, clean-cut young man, and the attempt of Fred's mother, Ruth Coe, to have the judge and prosecutor murdered
Slaughter the animals, poison the earth by Jack Olsen( Book )

7 editions published between 1971 and 1974 in English and held by 958 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Last man standing : the tragedy and triumph of Geronimo Pratt by Jack Olsen( Book )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 947 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the twenty-seven-year battle to vindicate Elmer Gerard "Geronimo" Pratt, a Vietnam veteran and Black Panther Party leader convicted of murder
The misbegotten son : a serial killer and his victims : the true story of Arthur J. Shawcross by Jack Olsen( Book )

9 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 916 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Little Artie Shawcross bullied classmates, insulted teachers, started fires, tortured animals, and roved the woods of New York's hardscrabble North Country with imaginary friends, talking in a high squawk. He also scored top grades, excelled in sports and shared his money and toys with the children who ridiculed him. From the second grade on, he was subjected to psychiatric examination, regularly confounding the experts. Years later, while serving in Vietnam, Arthur John Shawcross wrote bloodcurdling letters about his battlefield ordeals, then returned to Watertown to commit a string of arsons and burglaries. He served two years in prison, was paroled to his respectable parents - and murdered a boy and a girl. Back in the penitentiary, he proved as enigmatic as ever. Some counselors saw him as a Frankenstein monster, beyond hope, irredeemable. To others he was a troubled young man who could be saved. No two psychiatrists seemed to agree. Shawcross served fifteen years, then conned a parole board into an early release. He settled in Binghamton, but angry citizens learned of his bloody history and ran him out of town. After two smaller communities turned him away, desperate parole authorities finally smuggled the child-killer into Rochester in the dead of night - neglecting to alert the local police. Soon the corpses started turning up, locked in winter ice, covered by reeds in swamps, floating in streams. The homicidal pedophile had changed his M.O., this time murdering diminutive women. As the body count grew, Rochester streets swarmed with police, and still the serial killer managed to snare his tenth victim, then his eleventh
When the bough breaks( Visual )

4 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 916 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John and Laura Taylor are a young, professional couple who desperately want a baby. After exhausting all other options, they finally hire Anna, the perfect woman to be their surrogate, but as she gets further along in her pregnancy, so too does her psychotic and dangerous fixation on the husband. The couple becomes caught up in Anna's deadly game and must fight to regain control of their future before it's too late
The bridge at Chappaquiddick by Jack Olsen( Book )

13 editions published between 1969 and 1980 in English and Spanish and held by 859 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aphrodite: desperate mission by Jack Olsen( Book )

10 editions published between 1970 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 793 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Heroic and tragic, brilliant and stupid, the full story of Aphrodite-a real-life Catch-22-is a powerful exposition of military thinging and the bravery and lunacy of war
Night of the grizzlies by Jack Olsen( Book )

7 editions published between 1969 and 2009 in English and held by 784 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charmer : a ladies' man and his victims by Jack Olsen( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 743 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Hastened to the grave : the gypsy murder investigation by Jack Olsen( Book )

8 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 722 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Gypsy family murder investigation
Give a boy a gun : a true story of law and disorder in the American West by Jack Olsen( Book )

2 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and held by 663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes unpaged photos
The man with the candy : the story of the Houston mass murders by Jack Olsen( Book )

10 editions published between 1974 and 2001 in English and held by 620 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A full account of the most heinous crime of the century in which nearly thirty young boys were sexually tortured to death
Missing persons by Jack Olsen( Book )

8 editions published between 1981 and 1983 in 3 languages and held by 516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Missing Persons is a story of terror and loss and love. Severn Gamble's wife walks into the Justice Building of a major Northwestern city and never comes out. The search for Margot Gamble quickly becomes an obsession for several individuals when others begin disappearing too, and the first is a child
The climb up to hell by Jack Olsen( Book )

27 editions published between 1962 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'histoire de l'ascension de la face nord de l'Eiger pendant l'été 1957 et de son sauvetage par des alpinistes tels que Lionel Terray et Riccardo Cassin
The pitcher's kid by Jack Olsen( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Pitcher's Kid is Jack Olsen's memoir of the first 18 years of his life, years that formed his voice, his ear, and his passionate concern for the underdog. It is a story of a young boy's desperate yearning for a father during a time of extreme poverty and confusion. The book has been compared to Frank McCourt for its poignant depiction of deprivation, to Geoffrey Wolff for its sad depiction of a deceptive father, and to David Sedaris for its hilarious depiction of childhood. This is an unforgettable tale of coming of age during the hard years of America's Depression and of a family's struggle to not just survive, but to triumph.Born June 7, 1925, Jack Olsen was the award-winning author of 33 books published in 15 countries and 11 languages. A former Time bureau chief, Olsen wrote for Vanity Fair, People, Paris Match, Readers Digest, Playboy, Life, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, New York Times Book Review and others. His books included The Misbegotten Son, The Bridge at happaquiddick, the eco-thriller Night of the Grizzlies, and his monumental study of a Nazi massacre in Italy, Silence on Monte Sole. Three of his works were adapted for the screen, including Have You Seen My Son? on ABC. The Philadelphia Inquirer described him as "an American treasure." Jack Olsen passed away on July 17, 2002
 
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I : the creation of a serial killer
Alternative Names
Jack Olsen Amerikaans journalist (1925-2002)

Olsen, John Edward

Olsen, John Edward, 1925-

Olsen, John Edward, 1925-2002

Rhoades, Jonathan

Rhoades, Jonathan, 1925-

Rhoades, Jonathan 1925-2002

جک اولسن ژورنالیست و نویسنده آمریکایی

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"Doc" : the rape of the town of LovellPredator : rape, madness, and injustice in SeattleSalt of the earth : one family's journey through the violent American landscape"Son" : a psychopath and his victimsLast man standing : the tragedy and triumph of Geronimo PrattThe misbegotten son : a serial killer and his victims : the true story of Arthur J. ShawcrossAphrodite: desperate missionNight of the grizzlies