"On Easter Sunday in 1937, a grisly triple homicide in Manhattan shocked the nation. The young man who committed the murders would become known as the Mad Sculptor. The perpetrator, the son of evangelist parents, Robert George Irwin, was a brilliant young sculptor with a deeply disturbed psyche; Irwin was obsessed with sexual self-mutilation and was frequently overcome by outbursts of violent rage. Irwin's primary victim, Veronica Gedeon, was a figure from the world of pulp fantasy -- a stunning photographer's model whose scandalous seminude pinups would titillate the public for weeks after her death. Irwin's defense attorney, Samuel Leibowitz, was a courtroom celebrity with an unmatched record of acquittals and clients ranging from Al Capone to the Scottsboro Boys. And Dr. Fredric Wertham, psychiatrist and forensic scientist, befriended Irwin years before the murders and had predicted them in a public lecture months before the crime. The chilling story of the Easter Sunday murders -- a case that sparked a nationwide manhunt and endures as one of the most engrossing American crime dramas of the twentieth century. Harold Schechter’s prose evokes the faded glory of post-depression New York and the singular madness of a brilliant mind turned against itself"--Provided by publisher.