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Olsen, Jack

Overview
Works: 63 works in 265 publications in 5 languages and 18,937 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  Biography  Fiction  History  Trials, litigation, etc  True crime stories 
Roles: Author
Classifications: HV6248.J475, B
Publication Timeline
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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 )

9 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,339 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 1,152 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 )

8 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 1,096 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 1,087 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 1,007 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For more than two years, a rapist prowled the night streets of the homey, All-American city of Spokane, Washington, terrorizing women, sparking a run on gun stores, and finally causing one newspaper to offer a reward--the calls taken by the distinguished managing editor himself, Gordon Coe. In March 1981, luck and inspired police work at last produced an arrest, and Spokane shuddered. The suspect was clean cut and conservative ... and Gordon Coe's son. For eighteen months, Jack Olsen researched the cases of Fred and Ruth Coe to try to learn not only what happened within that family, but how and why. He interviewed more than 150 people and built up a portrait not only of that extraordinary family, but of the mind of a psychopath. And searching the memories of the women in Fred Coe's life, he unearthed a most horrifying question: What is it like to love and live with a man for years--and then discover he is a psychopathic criminal?"--Provided by publisher
Slaughter the animals, poison the earth by Jack Olsen( Book )

7 editions published between 1971 and 1974 in English and held by 973 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 965 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 949 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
The bridge at Chappaquiddick by Jack Olsen( Book )

11 editions published between 1969 and 1980 in English and Spanish and held by 882 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aphrodite: desperate mission by Jack Olsen( Book )

8 editions published between 1970 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 816 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 )

6 editions published between 1969 and 2009 in English and held by 810 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cold kill : the true story of a murderous love by Jack Olsen( Book )

6 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 805 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Relates the chain of events that led David West and Cindy Ray to murder her parents in Texas
Charmer : a ladies' man and his victims by Jack Olsen( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 768 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 758 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 687 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

9 editions published between 1974 and 2001 in English and held by 630 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 542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The climb up to hell by Jack Olsen( Book )

20 editions published between 1962 and 2004 in English and French and held by 411 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
Have you seen my son? by Jack Olsen( Book )

6 editions published between 1982 and 1984 in English and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The black athlete: a shameful story; the myth of integration in American sport by Jack Olsen( Book )

7 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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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, 1925-2002

Rhoades, Jonathan

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