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The Best Bad Guys: "Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues"

Prometheus Books

Generations of movie audiences have thrilled to the gory exploits of Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho." 

But many of the moviegoers may be unaware that Norman was based on Wisconsin's Ed Gein, who treated women even more poorly than the fictional Mr. Bates.

Gein is just one of the many characters profiled in Paul Martin's book Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues: Incredible True Tales of Mischief and Mayhem.


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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.