Torso : The Evelyn Dick Case
Submitter: I am submitting this book, not because it was weeded, but because it was actually sent in this week for cataloguing from a high school library. It looks as though it was donated, then discarded, and then made its way back to the library. Pages are
old and water-stained in place. (Unfortunately, it doesn’t show up in photographs.) [Inserted below is] one of the “shocking photos” promised on the cover, which are now so faded I doubt if anyone will be shocked by them. Plus the emphasis of the
murderer’s multiple sexual partners makes her extra guilty, right? Sensation, lurid murder trials: just what every high school needs! Currently trying to find a kind way of telling them we aren’t going to catalogue it.
Holly: I really studied that picture of the torso (below) and I would not have known that’s what it was without the caption. This was a great choice for a public library in the 1970s and 80s, but I can’t imagine that most high schools go for books described as “sensational” and “lurid.” The worst part of all this, though, is that someone really thought it was worth cataloging! Really? WHY???
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