At the age of 13, Jesse Pomeroy had already made a name for himself as a vicious and unstable teenager. Though he was sent to reform school for torturing and beating younger boys, he was released shortly thereafter and decided to take his sick game to the next level. As his home city continued to recover from the Great Boston Fire, Pomeroy began to seek out and brutally kill young victims. In The Wilderness of Ruin, Roseanne Montillo recounts the story of America’s youngest serial killer in chilling detail. Here, Montillo recommends five other dark accounts that explore the stories behind some of America’s worst killers.
This is a true story that weaves together the creation of the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago and that of the serial killer, H.H. Holmes.
The author Vincent Bugliosi was the prosecuting attorney during the Manson trial, whose cult committed a series of murders in Los Angeles, culminating during the summer of 1969.