Devil in the Basement: White Supremacy, Satanic Ritual and My Family
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"The most bizarre set of tragic events ever to occur..." - Fairmont Times
"Gritty... Fascinating." - Robert Markowitz, New York Times essayist
"Alone and bitter, [the killer] fabricated a horrible revenge--on the world and himself." - The West Virginian
"Charlotte Laws is a tsunami." - Snatch Magazine
"Magical, artful, and unflinchingly tragic. A living, breathing dragon of terror and surprise. Devil in the Basement is a sassy and haunting thriller that pits a bipolar Hannibal Lecter against a Mr. Smith goes to Washington and proves once and for all that fact can be stranger than fiction and way more creepy." - Pamelyn Ferdin, actress and author of upcoming memoir, A Good Little Trouper
"A fascinating, unflinching and entertaining read... The story simmers and bubbles. You will not be able to put this book down!" - Kelly Wilson, best-selling author of Caskets From Cosco
"Riveting. Powerful. Fast-paced. Delectable. Best writing of the year." - Every Way Woman Show
"Devil in the Basement will make you think twice about evil and satanic cults. I highly recommend it." - Dr. Bruce Goldberg, best-selling author of Past Lives, Future Lives
"It will inform you, shock you, and shake you up. Filled with historical detail, Devil in the Basement is a beautifully written account of racism, hate, and justice." - Greg Mongrain, best-selling author of To Kill a Sorcerer
"A page-turner with plenty of twists, spellbinding turns, and complex characters. Devil in the Basement is a stirring cauldron of pure delight." - Sue Jones, Hollywood Report TV
"There is ingenuity and soul in every character. There is authenticity in every scene, spanning the roaring 20s through post World War II. Devil in the Basement is a soup of passion, history, rich language, and complex immigrant experience, nestled against the backdrop of the KKK, Hangman Forest, and a basement where a life-sized, satanic doll conspires with its human monster. This book, based on incredible true events, was kept hidden in police blotters and FBI dossiers until now. It is more than a story; it is an experience. Enjoy!" - Rohan Chaubey, columnist, author of Make People Want You.
"Charlotte Laws has taken her family and through copious research turned lore into legend. I couldn't put it down." - Diana Wagman, best-selling and award winning author of six novels, including Spontaneous.
"Reminiscent of Steinbeck's writing and cleverly crafted. This book is a gem not to be missed." - Paulette Mahurin, best-selling author of The Seven Year Dress.
"If genre-straddling were an Olympic competition, Devil in the Basement would take the gold. This impassioned and riveting book combines historical detail with full characters, rich language, a poetic rhythm, and a spine-chilling true story that culminates in bloodshed, explosives and mayhem--all on a gray and memorable Wednesday in 1948. It brings attention to the plight of Italian-Americans in the early twentieth century. The "devil in the basement" is much more than a real-life Satanist doing dastardly deeds in the cellar. It reveals the prejudice that resided in some Southerner's hearts. Charlotte Laws' compelling story captures the racism, poverty, struggle, horror, and difficulty of the era for an entire class of citizens who were locked in the basement of society--namely those of Italian descent. Get ready for a wild ride! I highly recommend Devil in the Basement." - Laurelee Blanchard, author of Finding Paradise: Leilani Farm Sanctuary of Maui.