The Sexual Criminal
First published in 1949 as a criminology/sexology textbook for law enforcement personnel, “The Sexual Criminal” methodically and clinically examines the bizarre and illicit sexual behavior of Los Angeles in the 1930s and '40s – a fascinating glimpse at the seedy underbelly of a city littered with innumerable true-life noir characters. Written in a terse, Dragnet-like style by the controversial director of the Los Angeles Police Department's Sex Offense Bureau, and graphically illustrated with mugshots of criminals and crime scene photographs of their victims, “The Sexual Criminal” is both a compelling sociological time capsule of a not-so-distant era in the history of Los Angeles and a voyeuristic examination of the explosive sex lives of its inhabitants. Included is a fifty-page introduction by John Brian King entitled “The Strange Case of Dr. de River,” and a forty-page appendix that factually chronicles four anonymous cases from “The Sexual Criminal.” Extremely graphic content.
About the author: J. Paul de River (1894-1977) was the founder and director of the Sex Offense Bureau of the Los Angeles Police Department from 1937 to 1950. During his tenure at the bureau, he was solely responsible for the psychiatric examinations of all persons arrested on suspicion of “morals offenses,” in which he would prepare complete case histories, including fingerprints and photographs, of all suspects – his goal, he said, was to “catalogue and classify every known morals offender in Los Angeles.” After his controversial investigation into the “Black Dahlia” murder, De River was fired by the Los Angeles Police Commission on August 24, 1950, after being found guilty of illegally writing morphine prescriptions for his wife.
trade paperback, 520 pages, nonfiction – edited with an introduction by John Brian King
— published in 2000 – collectible, A+ condition, limited quantities —