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A molester’s memoir

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A man who may have been the nation’s most prolific child molester was writing a memoir about his crimes, California police said this week. Dean Schwartzmiller, who had been convicted on nine counts of molestation over three decades, was arrested again last month, after police discovered journals in his home with 36,700 handwritten entries. Each included the name of a boy, with code words appearing to describe sex acts and the child’s anatomy. Police say they are not yet sure how many actual victims there were, because some entries may describe Schwartzmiller’s fantasies. San Jose policeman Lt. Scott Cornfield said Schwartzmiller, in his inch-and-a-half-thick typed memoir, wrote that “every boy was beautiful, and every one wanted him.”

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