The Mad Sculptor

The Mad Sculptor

The Maniac, the Model, and the Murder That Shook the Nation

Book - 2014
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"Beekman Place, one of the most exclusive addresses in Manhattan, hasn't always been home to the rich. In the 1930s, when bluebloods like the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers began to build luxury towers, poor European immigrants lived in filthy slums among the riverside factories and abbatoirs. It was in this setting that a young man committed a grisly triple-murder on Easter Sunday, 1937. The details of the case were so sensational that one might think it had been cooked up in a tabloid editor's overheated imagination. The charismatic perpetrator, Robert Irwin, was a promising young sculptor, but he was also deeply disturbed. An obsession with Veronica Gedeon, a stunning photographer's model, would inspire him to murder. Harold Schechter masterfully tells the story of the "Mad Sculptor" case, one of the most engrossing American crime dramas of the twentieth century--evoking an atmosphere and a madness that will have readers glued to their chairs"--
Publisher: Boston :, New Harvest,, 2014.
ISBN: 9780544114319
Characteristics: xiv, 352 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Apr 27, 2015

Amazing book. It is true but reads like a novel. Was he crazy? Yes!
For some time he lived in Oregon.
It's a most interesting exploration of the insanity defence.
I can't recommend it enough.

ChristchurchLib May 20, 2014

"Sculptor Robert Irwin had a history of mental illness marked by fits of rage before he gruesomely murdered three women in 1937. The Mad Sculptor recounts details of his life and the events that followed the murders, incorporating fascinating information about the lurid journalism of the era. Accounts of the New York police detectives' work, Irwin's connections with the women he killed, his previous psychiatric treatments, and his sensational trial produce a chilling reading experience. Those who appreciated the bleakly atmospheric reportage of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood will find The Mad Sculptor similarly riveting." Biography and Memoir May 2014 newslettter


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