Cult Killers -- A Frenzied Bloodbath of Exploitation!!!!!!!
Everything about Cult Killers screams exploitation true crime. From the blurb on the book ("Their secret rituals always end in death!") to the fact that the cases are taken from "the files of True Detective magazine." All of it has a ring of sensationalism to it. Still not convinced? Here are some of the pieces: "Occult Crime: Terror for the Innocents!," "Satanist Offered a Human Sacrifice," "'Skinheads' 'Boot Party' 'Bloodbath!,'" and my favorite, "Six Lovely Girls for Satan's Flesh Eaters!"
Satan's Flesh Eaters would be a great name for a band.
I'm actually rather picky when it comes to true crime books. I do, however, have a soft spot for the trash Pinnacle used to print (and perhaps still does). This book was originally published in 1984, which is when I bought it. Even then I knew skinheads weren't a cult, but that didn't stop editor Rose G. Mandelsberg from including them. (Maybe it had something to do with her last name.)
I read this book once and promptly filed it away. Not for research purposes, but for laughs. I figured there would be a time when I'd want to crack open its pages again and be stunned by Satanists throwing babies under trains or something. If I sold it, I figured it would be hard to find again, too, as they quickies have a way of disappearing.
So it sits on my shelf, with a host of others, waiting to be reread. That is ... if the Satanic skinheads don't get me first.
-Doug Brunell (America's Favorite Son)