Title: Butcher's Dozen
Author: John Bartlow Martin
Cover artist: Harry Schaare
Estimated value: $12-$18
Best things about this cover:
- "Larry, are you… are you even trying? I feel like I'm doing all the work here. Would you lift for real, please? My calves are freezing."
- Larry's a sucker for a left boob. "She's dead, Larry. Give it a rest."
- Oooh, the *authorized* abridgment! I've been looking everywhere for this. Said no one.
- "Torso Murders!" It's about a guy who really hates Greek statuary.
Best things about this back cover:
- Never The Completely Sane Butcher. Not once. Unfair to butchers!
- Whoa, "dismembered his victims in a sadistic, sex-crazed frenzy" is pretty gruesome stuff. Lady on cover appears to have all her limbs, so maybe she's not dead after all. You're off the hook, Larry. Sort of.
- Dude looks like a lecherous psychologist.
On February 8 Klansmen and bootleggers clashed in the center of Herrin, and Caesar Cagle was killed. (Art Newman later claimed that one of the Shelton boys had put a pistol to Cagle's ear and, when he started to turn, said "Oops, too late," and shot him; this cannot have been quite true, since Cagle was shot in the chest.)
If by "cannot have been quite true" you mean "cannot have been true," then yes.
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