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Sex-Crime Panic

Title Sex-Crime Panic
Subtitle A Journey to the Paranoid Heart of the 1950s
Author "Miller, Neil"
Publisher Alyson Books
Date 2009
Month January
Summary "Following the brutal murders of two children in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1954, police, in an attempt to quell public hysteria, arrested 20 men whom the authorities never claimed had anything to do with the crimes. Labeled as sexual psychopaths under an Iowa law that lumped homosexuals together with child molesters and murderers, the men were sentenced to a mental institution until cured. Their shocking story is brought to light for the first time by award-winning journalist Neil Miller, author of Out of the Past: Gay and Lesbian History from 1869 to the Present. Shedding a harsh light on 1950s attitudes toward homosexuality, Miller's carefully researched account shows how the paranoia of the McCarthy era destroyed the lives of gay men in the American heartland. Interviews with the formerly incarcerated men, law enforcement officials, lawyers, mental hospital staff, and relatives of the murder victims provides a vivid and disturbing glimpse of a town that betrayed its own sons and a mental institution where patients provided cheap labor and shock treatment was the therapy of choice. A gripping story of murder and antigay hysteria, Sex-Crime Panic presents a dark chapter in the history of postwar America. Much of the book is about the case of Ernest Triplett who was convicted in 1955 of the murder of Jimmy Bremmer in Sioux City in 1954. (That case was the subject of the book "Benefit of Law" by Robert Bartels (Iowa State University Press, 1972)."
Type Non-fiction
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Country US
Format softcover
Pages 240
ISBN 978-1555836597
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