The Laughing Gorilla
The True Story of the Hunt for One of America's First Serial KilersBook - 2010
IN 1920s SAN FRANCISCO, THE CRIMES WERE SOMETHING NEW-
MOTIVESLESS, RANDOM, SEQUENTIAL, AND AMONG THE MOST VICIOUS AND BAFFLING SINCE JACK THE RIPPER . . .
In more than a dozen cities, over four years, and across two continents, women were being dissected with a straight razor. Eyewitness reports claim the perpetrator was a hulking, Bible-carrying brute who lumbered on all fours and laughed maniacally with each new slaughter. The tabloid press called him the Laughing Gorilla, and they loved every new salacious and sensational beat of the story. But the crimes haunted Captain Charles Dullea, the last honest cop in one of the most notoriously corrupt departments in the country.
When the gruesome slayings returned to where they began, in the foggy docks and streets of San Francisco, Dullea struggled with a new and disturbing questions- Was the culprit the same Gorilla Man as before . . . or did the crimes signal something even worse? As Dullea fought extortion, corruption, and even murder within his own department, nothing could have prepared him for the answer.
'A SPAWLING TALE OF POLICE CORRUPTION AND A HORRIFYING SERIES OF BIZARRE, GRUESOME MURDERS . . . COMPELLINGLY WICKED.'
- Kirkus Reviews