RIMARU – BUTCHER OF BUCHAREST by Mike Phillips and Stejarel Olaru
Edited by Ramona Mitrica. Profusion Books (Profusion Crime Series)
• Paperback (May 2012), 200 pages, Language: English, ISBN-13: 978-0956867636. RRP £7.99
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In September 1971 Ion Rimaru stood trial for the murder of several women. The indictment accused him of committing 23 very serious offences over a period of one year from May 1970 to May 1971: murders committed in extremely aggravated circumstances, with cruelty, with premeditation, with bestiality and sadism in four cases; attempted murders in six cases; rapes and attempted rapes; theft from the public and private property. Rimaru – Butcher of Bucharest is a factual account of the crimes committed by Ion Rimaru, their social environment, their impact on the culture of their times, and their lingering legacy in the present day.
The authors, Mike Phillips and Stejarel Olaru, have had unprecedented access to police and secret police records about the case, including the testimonies of the killer and his family. They have also conducted interviews with various people connected with the case, and studied the surviving mountain of statements. The social context, however, and what it tells us about Romanian society at the time and in the present day makes this a remarkable, uneasy and illuminating story. . .
MIKE PHILLIPS is the author of a series of crime novels featuring black journalist Sam Dean: Blood Rights (1989), The Late Candidate (1990), Point of Darkness (1994), and An Image to Die For (1995). He received the Silver Dagger award of the Crime Writers’ Association in 1990. He also wrote The Dancing Face (1997), and Fast Road to Nowhere (1994, as Joe Canzius). A Shadow of Myself (2000) is about a black documentary filmmaker working in Prague and a man who claims to be his brother. The Name You Once Gave Me (2006) was written as part of a government backed literacy campaign. Mike Phillips also co-wrote Windrush: The Irresistible Rise of Multi-Racial Britain (1998) to accompany a BBC television series telling the story of the Caribbean migrant workers who settled in post-war Britain. London Crossings: A Biography of Black Britain (2001) is a series of interlinked essays and stories, a portrait of the city seen from locations as diverse as New York and Nairobi, London and Lodz, Washington and Warsaw.
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STEJAREL OLARU, born in 1973 in Bucharest, Romania, has published a great number of specialised studies and books on recent Romanian history. Stejarel Olaru is presently a university lecturer in the history of Romanian secret services and intelligence gathering. Among his books are Stasi şi Securitatea (Stasi and the Securitate – 2005), together with Georg Herbstritt; Guide to Archives, Research Institutions, Libraries, Societies, Museums and Memorial Places (2004); Cei cinci care au speriat Estul (The Five Who Terrified the East – 2003); Ziua care nu se uita. 15 noiembrie 1987, Braşov (The Day We Won’t Forget. 15 November 1987, Brasov – 2002) with Marius Oprea; Securiştii Partidului (The Party’s Securitate Men – 2002). Articles in the national and international press include studies of the former communist secret structures, as well as analyses of the new secret services in Romania.
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PROFUSION CRIME SERIES
Fiction / non-fiction from Eastern Europe. Series Editor: Mike Phillips.
Profusion International Creative Consultancy, led by Mike Phillips and Ramona Mitrica, provides consultancy services in the field of culture and the media within various European countries.
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