The best of this year's true crime writing from master true crime authors RJ Parker, Peter Vronsky, JJ Slate, Sylvia Perrini, and Michael Newton, who give us nine new shocking case accounts of serial killers.
Cesar Francesco Barone: Convicted in four rape/murders but suspected in many more, Barone briefly shared a cell with Ted Bundy and claimed to have been "tutored" in murder by the notorious serial killer.
William Mentzer: an enigmatic serial killer and a drug syndicate hitman, at one time an associate of Charlie Manson, identified by David Berkowitz (Son of Sam) as a satanic cult figure and recently named as a suspect in the notorious, still unsolved Zodiac Murders in San Francisco.
Myra Hindley: the most reviled woman in the UK, the female partner of serial killer Ian Brady. Known as the Moors Murderers, the couple raped and murdered at least five children from 1963 to 1965.
Arthur Shawcross: a necrophile cannibal serial killer who, after raping and murdering two children in his hometown, served 14 years before being paroled into the community of Rochester, where he proceeded to murder 12 women.
Allan Legere: the Monster of the Miramichi, one of Canada's most brutal serial killers who, while serving a prison term for murder, escaped to terrorize the province of New Brunswick, murdering another four people in a seven-month rampage.
Charles Sobhraj: nicknamed "The Serpent" and "The Bikini Killer", targeted naïve, young tourists on the Hippie Trail through Turkey, Greece, Thailand, India, Pakistan, and Nepal.
Robert Ben Rhoades: the Truck Stop Killer, convicted in the torture, rape, and murder of three women but suspected in 50 murders along the US interstate system.
Dana Sue Gray: a female serial killer who atypically targeted strangers, elderly females whom she strangled rather than using poison, the female serial killer's choice weapon.
Robert Hansen: Alaska's notorious "Butcher Baker" who lured as many as 30 women to his remote hunting cabin, where he released and then hunted them like wild game before raping and killing them.
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If Don Kline is narrating, I am not buying.
I did not make it to the end, the narration was unbearable.
Its like he has the inflection down perfectly, but doesn't understand how, when, & where to use it. I am actually familiar w/ this narrator as I have listened to the book's previous edition. I knew what to expect so it shouldn't have been difficult to adapt to his style of speaking.
It was HARDER. So much worse than Book 2 (2015).
I had difficulty following the story.
His inflection emphasized points that weren't there & deemphasized names, key phrases, punctuation, ect.
At one point, I had to double check to see if he had started a new chapter.. nope. still Chapter 1.
The narration made the story confusing, at times mistakenly irrelevant, & eventually useless. This doesn't even belong in the free "white noise" category, unless you enjoy being infuriated.
Anger at it's purpose, sadness that I purchased this, & disappointed to see great writing wasted on the narrator.
Unless someone can find a version NOT narrated by Don Kline, read it yourself.
His reading takes an interesting subject and turns it BORING. This was my first reading into this genre but if this is an example of the readers used I may have to rethink my decision. I'll give a couple more books a try before making my final decision.
I thought the narration was fine. I like the facts surrounding the cases, and that is pretty much what you get here. The most memorable part was a prostitute's street wise account of psychologically dueling with a serial killer and coming out on top.
The stories jumped around so much it was really difficult to follow.
Don Kline narrative "skills" made me want to scream. Sentences ran together. Sentences ended like they were a question when it was a statement, and like a statement when it was a question. His fluctuation in his voice were often confusing. You could hear him swallowing at some points and fumble over words. I listened only because I bought it. I'm so happy it is over. I vow to NEVER listen to anything narrated by him again.
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