Gerold Frank (1907-1998) was an American author and ghostwriter.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Frank attended Ohio State University.
After graduation, he moved to New York with dreams of becoming a
poet, and then moved back to Cleveland to work as a newspaperman.
Later, he returned to New York to work for the
Journal-American. During World War II, Frank was a war
correspondent in the Middle East. He won two Edgar Awards for Best
Fact Crime, for his books The Deed and The Boston
Strangler, the latter of which was adapted into a film starring
Tony Curtis. He was a pioneer of the contemporary literary form of
the as-told-to celebrity biography. Frank's books number in the
dozens, and include collaborations with Lillian Roth, Mike
Connolly, Diana Barrymore, Zsa Zsa Gabor, and Judy Garland.
"Stock up and stand back. . . . It takes will power to lay the book
down, almost as much as it would have required of the victims to
keep their doors closed to the man who said he'd been sent to
repair their plumbing and repaint their apartments. . . . It is a
mad genius stroke and Frank's book will contribute to a legend and
literature of America's Jack the Ripper." -Kirkus
"One of the most remarkable chronicles of true crime ever published. A classic in its genre!" -John Barkham Reviews
"A superb true crime account . . . The book tells a sensational story; it tells it simply, candidly, faithfully, and as completely as one could want. Chilling reading . . . An engrossing book and creepy tale." -The New York Times