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Handsome Brute The True Story of a Ladykiller by Sean O'Connor
  

Handsome Brute The True Story of a Ladykiller

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A story filled with “if onlys” - if only Neville Heath hadn’t been so handsome – if only he hadn’t been in the RAF and able to impress with his uniform and most of all if only he hadn’t been given so many chances in life. People from law officers to policemen, employers to the girls he killed were impressed by his good looks and smooth tongue with fatal results. He was a cold, calculating con man and murderer but outwardly a smart, well-spoken, handsome man with excuses for everything. As well as recording the history of one particular psychopathic murderer Sean O’Connor shows just how easily such people can manipulate others and do untold damage until they are finally brought down. A chilling story, a vivid reconstruction of post WWII London.

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Handsome Brute The True Story of a Ladykiller by Sean O'Connor

Handsome Brute explores the facts of a once-renowned, now little-remembered British murder case, the killings of the charming, but deadly ex-RAF playboy Neville Heath. Since the 1940s, Heath has generally been dismissed as a sadistic sex-killer - the preserve of sensational Murder Anthologies - and little else. But the story behind the tabloid headlines reveals itself to be complex and ambiguous, provoking unsettling questions that echo across the decades to the present day. For the first time, with access to previously restricted files from the Home Office and Metropolitan Police, this book explores the complex motivations behind the murders through the prism of the immediate post-war period. Against the backdrop of a society in flux, a culture at a moment of change, how much is Heath's case symptomatic, or indeed, emblematic of the age he lived in? Handsome Brute is both an examination of the age of austerity, and a real-life thriller as shocking and provocative as American Psycho or The Killer Inside Me, exploring the perspectives of the women in Heath's life - his wife, his mother, his lovers - and his victims. This collage of experiences from the women who knew him intimately probes the schism at the heart of his fascinating, chilling personality.

About the Author

Sean O'Connor is a film producer and writer, and this is his first book.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st February 2014

Author

Sean O'Connor

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Publisher

Simon & Schuster Ltd

Format

Paperback
480 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
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True crime

ISBN

9781471101342

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