In June 1966, Matthew Charles Lamb took his uncle's shotgun and wandered down Ford Blvd. At the end of the bloody night, two teenagers lay dead, with multiple others injured after an unprovoked shooting spree. In his investigation into Lamb's story, William Toffan pieces together the troubled childhood and the history of violence that culminated in the young man's dubious distinction as North America's first known spree killer-at which point the story becomes, the author writes "too strange for fiction." Traveling from the border city streets, to the courtroom, to the Oak Ridge rehabilitation center, and finally the Rhodesian army, Watching the Devil Dance is both a thrilling narrative about an unbelievable true crime and an insightful analysis of the 1960s criminal justice system.
by William Sherman
by William Shakespeare
Sign up for our email newsletter