Death Scenes: A Homicide Detective's Scrapbook
by Sean Tejaratchi
Publisher's Description
This scrapbook, compiled during the first half of the twentieth century by Los Angeles detective Jack Huddleston--about whom little or nothing is publicly known--mysteriously surfaced at an estate auction a few years ago. The reader is left to wonder about the man who pasted together, and annotated, some of the most grusome and bizarre police photographic records imaginable. He was witness to severed heads at auto crashes, hangings, murders, suicides, and many now fabled human oddities. Not for the faint of heart, there are few who'll read this book without closing it frequently to pause in horror.
Amazon.com Review
Warning: this sad, powerful, grotesque collection of black-and-white photos of mostly dead, often naked, human beings is not for the easily disturbed. The introductory text by Katherine Dunn (author of Geek Love) helps give a context to the macabre scrapbook, and the handwritten captions display irony and sometimes humor; but this is no antiquarian's sentimental portrait of the past. This book documents butchery and brutality, horrible disease and mental illness, suicide and murder. And as Dunn observes, the eye of the beholder is not innocent: "The old cop, like the old con, tries to trick us into forgiveness and complicity. By witnessing he has participated, by understanding he is culpable. And his real purpose is to disguise the truth--that he started out terrified and ended up liking it, fascinated, an aficionado."
ISBN: 0922915296
Publisher: Feral House
Paperback : 168 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 9.8 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
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