The Pied Piper

The Pied Piper

With makeup and an affected Elvis pout, Tucson’s Charlie Schmid was a crude parody of a bad-boy heartthrob. In 1964, he still had a hold on girls who’d follow him anywhere. He murdered three of them.

It was the dawn of the free-love movement—perfect for a magnetic madman who’d also foreshadow its end a few years later in the malignant charisma of Charles Manson. The inspiration for a classic story by Joyce Carol Oates, Schmid, the most bizarre serial killer of any era, was the epitome of a narcissist flattered into believing he could get away with murder.

The Pied Piper is part of Bloodlands, a chilling collection of short page-turning historical narratives from bestselling true-crime master Harold Schechter. Spanning a century in our nation’s murderous past, Schechter resurrects nearly forgotten tales of madmen and thrill-killers that dominated the most sensational headlines of their day.

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    The Pied Piper Reviews

  • Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))

    Part of Amazon's Bloodlands collection (of which I plan to read most), where Schechter wrote 6 short stories of infamous American crimes. This one introduced me to Charles Schmid, aka "The Pied Piper"...

  • Amber Machado

    This was a quick read. A lot of information and while the story could have used more details for the length if the story the details were enough. Good read ...

  • Netanella

    Hey, c’mon, babe Follow me I’m the Pied Piper And I’ll show you where it’s at- lyrics to a popular song at the time"The Pied Piper" is a very interesting account of a serial killer in the 1960...

  • Nicole

    I had never heard of this serial killer, so I found the book interesting. It's a very quick read with no fluff or sensationalized drama. The story is told in a very straight-forward, factual manner. T...

  • Danielle Bonam

    Harold Schechter is hands down the greatest True Crime author. His research is all encompassing, I cannot imagine how he finds the time to research every single tid-bit of a crime, but he does and we ...

  • Toni

    Pied Piper – 1950’s killer. This story didn’t have an enormous amount of background info but just was interesting in the peculiarities of the murder and his garish obsession with his appearance/...

  • Argum

    The second in the Bloodlands series included in my Prime membership was less fun than the first I read (Little SLaughterhouse), but interesting quick read. I had never heard of this particular bad guy...

  • Jackie Huebbe

    Sticking to the factsThis was a pretty decent book. I listened to it on the 1.5 speed because the narrator was soooooo slow. I don’t think I could have made it through the very short read if it were...

  • Carl Deskins,III

    A review of an excellent book that is well-written and contains a wealth of knowledge !!!!!!!!I choose a five-star rating because the author is well versed and has a wealth of knowledge about crime re...

  • Aaron Kelley

    Quick but good readI started reading this book after stumbling upon it on Amazon. The book is a really quick read i think I finished in a little over an hour. I wish the book had more details i felt a...