Salem, Oregon: A nice place to raise your family.
At least that's what people say.
A dozen murderers. 74 victims. Some of Oregon's most brutal crimes have occurred in the Cherry City-but then, every town has its dark side, doesn't it?
This book explores some of the area's most sensational crimes, including serial killers, desperados, a filicide, a battered wife, a mass poisoning, and much more from 1902 through the 1980s.
Among the tales: Jerome Brudos who abducted and strangled. Richard Marquette who dismembered. William Scott Smith who strangled young women. Lawrence Moore who unloaded a gun in a crowded bar. Randall Woodfield who murdered up and down I-5. Otto Hooker who killed a prison superintendent. Richard Wampler who murdered the head of the Oregon State Police. And finally, the continuing mystery of who killed the head of the Department of Corrections, Michael Francke.