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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  • Montzalee Wittmann

    The Lord Piper by Harold Schechter brings the reader along on another trip down a bloody history lane. This book covers criminals that attract followers then convince those followers to help commit mu...

  • 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 ...

  • 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"...

  • 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...

  • Quentin Wallace

    This told the story of the Pied Piper of Tucson, who was a serial killer in the 50s and 60s. He was the classic 50s greaser, and teenagers found him compelling. Sort of like a 50s Charles Manson who w...

  • Sarah

    This novella, like all of Schechter's work, manages to make learning fun. It was also a delight for me to discover that two other things I've read and loved drew inspiration for their central antagoni...

  • Dee Cherry

    Good information given as I've never heard of this serial killer before. He definitely fit the criteria as it was sad reading about the lives lost....

  • Ronnie Cramer

    The strange tale of a murderous would-be teen idol in 1960s Tucson, Arizona. ...

  • Teresa Crawford

    His name was Charles Schmid, aka The Pied Piper of Tucson.Seemed there were a lot of cult like serial killers named Charles around that era. ...

  • Rachel

    I downloaded this because it's short and it was free at the time. I'll be honest, I didn't read the description and I wasn't expecting a true crime story. I had never heard of the "Pied Piper of Tusco...