June 26th, 2009


One evening in September 1949 Chester was in the bathroom, penciling his moustache, clipping his nose hairs with long, narrow barber’s scissors, and splashing on his face emerald green, smelly Mennen after shave lotion in preparation for his usual Saturday night of drinking and dancing.

He was listening to the radio news relating the shocking, sensational story of a guy named Howard Unruh who a few days ago had, in cold blood, gunned down 13 people in Camden, New Jersey.

Unruh, the excited announcer said, was a twenty-eight-year-old US Army veteran of the Battle of the Bulge, a highly decorated tank gunner, who—get this—kept meticulous notes on every German he killed, down to specific details of their corpses.

Why did Unruh load his Luger and begin killing people?

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