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Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession (edició 2019)

de Rachel Monroe (Autor)

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In this illuminating exploration of women, violence, and obsession, Rachel Monroe interrogates the appeal of true crime through four narratives of fixation. In the 1940s, a bored heiress began creating dollhouse crime scenes depicting murders, suicides, and accidental deaths. Known as the "Mother of Forensic Science," she revolutionized the field of what was then called legal medicine. In the aftermath of the Manson Family murders, a young woman moved into Sharon Tate's guesthouse and, over the next two decades, entwined herself with the Tate family. In the mid-nineties, a landscape architect in Brooklyn fell in love with a convicted murderer, the supposed ringleader of the West Memphis Three, through an intense series of letters. After they married, she devoted her life to getting him freed from death row. And in 2015, a teenager deeply involved in the online fandom for the Columbine killers planned a mass shooting of her own. A combination of personal narrative, reportage, and a sociological examination of violence and media in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Savage appetites is a journey into obsession, scrupulously exploring empathy, justice and the persistent appeal of crime.… (més)
Membre:KerriArsenault
Títol:Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession
Autors:Rachel Monroe (Autor)
Informació:Scribner Book Company (2019), 272 pages
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Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime and Obsession de Rachel Monroe

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Every true crime enthusiast should read this. ( )
  jmacccc | Apr 30, 2021 |
When I started to read this book, I felt a bit confused with how the author would jump from one person to another and back again but by the second chapter it got better.

When Monroe talked about the West Memphis Three, I teared up because there are problems and situations like this that have happened in the past and are still recurring even now where "suspects" are being railroaded simply because they look the part. Real killers stay on the loose because law enforcement officials refused to look any where else and they create more victims trying to survive the system.

When Columbine was mentioned it brought me back to the day I was sitting in class watching it. It was so many thing that I couldn't imagine happening at the time and now I fear it every day my child goes to school. There are people who glorify what the gunmen did that day. That truly scares me.

When Lee was mentioned at the beginning of the book about her Nutshells dioramas, it was like... wait someone has made these? And I need to see them. Lee was never the typical house wife, with her pushing the boundaries to make these for law enforcement officials? Brilliant. ( )
  RavinScarface | Dec 13, 2020 |
Tells stories of four women’s very different encounters with crime and its fascinations. An early self-taught/volunteer crime scene investigator/funder of forensic science; a victim’s rights advocate who glommed on to Sharon Tate’s family with what might be both sincerity and opportunism; a woman who fell in love with a man on death row for a crime he likely didn’t commit and who devoted her life to rescuing him; and a young woman who was an online Nazi and flew to Canada supposedly to carry out a mass murder with her online boyfriend, whose equally half-assed planning prevented any death but his own. ( )
  rivkat | Jul 8, 2020 |
a quick read that wonders (but not too hard) about why people, especially & overwhelmingly women, are drawn to true crime/forensics. it's full of interesting facts & slowly builds a history of forensic science & shies away from a lot of the violence of the crimes that are mentioned which is good for me, somebody who's pretty soft & was drawn to the book because i don't quite understand true crime fandom. this really is a great book about obsession, i think, & all of its strange channels & it's driven by that same chaotic love of information, so a little messy. i've seen some comments about monroe seeking to vilify or condemn the women in this book, but really i think she's just trying to understand & it didn't come off as anything more than that to me... the book maybe suffers from its desire to take stances that tugs at its desire 2 entertain. anyway great beach read. ( )
  freakorlando | May 14, 2020 |
3.5 This book was chock filled with book coincidences, it was eerie, maybe fated that I picked it up. Monroe explains the attraction reading about crime holds for many, from internet sides full of amateur crime investigators working on cold cases, to those who are attracted to the criminals themselves. Columbine, whose followers have their own groups, people who admire those two young killers of many, calling themselves Columbiners. Starting with the Manson murders, the witchcraft scare, to a young woman, now spending her life in prison. These people sensationlize crime, and those who commit them.

I've always had an interest in people's motivations. What makes them do what they do? From cults to religious affiliations, to those who do what I wrote above. In the 1940s, a socialite also took a heady interest in crime and how they are solved. Why they are committed in the first place. Her name was France Lee and many call her the mother of forensics. She made, what are called nutshells, or dioramas of crime scenes, each on perfect down to the tiniest detail. Had never heard of her before, and this is where the first coincidence comes in. Was watching PBS, the day after I read about her and looked up to see her and her miniatures featured on Wild America. Strange, right?

https://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/nutshells

The next confidence is even more startling. The meds I was taking was making it difficult to sleep, so I though I'd listen to this audio and hopefully call asleep. It almost worked, until I was jarred awake, hearing the words, Geneva, Il. This town is only three miles from where I live. Seems a young woman, in her twenties, planned s mass execution with a guy she met on line. She traveled to Nova Scotia, which is where he lived, and thanks to a tip off was arrested at the airport. This happened only four years ago but I had never before heard this story. Her full story and strange relationships are good fully in this book.

So, strange and quite creepy, but well explained, this book was very interesting in many ways. ( )
  Beamis12 | Dec 2, 2019 |
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In this illuminating exploration of women, violence, and obsession, Rachel Monroe interrogates the appeal of true crime through four narratives of fixation. In the 1940s, a bored heiress began creating dollhouse crime scenes depicting murders, suicides, and accidental deaths. Known as the "Mother of Forensic Science," she revolutionized the field of what was then called legal medicine. In the aftermath of the Manson Family murders, a young woman moved into Sharon Tate's guesthouse and, over the next two decades, entwined herself with the Tate family. In the mid-nineties, a landscape architect in Brooklyn fell in love with a convicted murderer, the supposed ringleader of the West Memphis Three, through an intense series of letters. After they married, she devoted her life to getting him freed from death row. And in 2015, a teenager deeply involved in the online fandom for the Columbine killers planned a mass shooting of her own. A combination of personal narrative, reportage, and a sociological examination of violence and media in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Savage appetites is a journey into obsession, scrupulously exploring empathy, justice and the persistent appeal of crime.

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