The shocking tale from true crime queen Ann Rule.
Who is Brad Cunningham? How could five beautiful, intelligent, and successful women believe he was their dream come true? Ask any women who ever longed for "the perfect man".
Loni Ann, Cynthia, Lauren, Cheryl, and Sara seemed to have it all - beauty, wealth, children, and a husband who they believed to be this perfect man - Brad Cunningham. He was handsome, charismatic, and mysterious. They adored him and tried to give him all he wanted. But he wanted everything: sex, money, and it seemed, their very lives. How long would it take before he finally got what he deserved?
This question haunts Dead by Sunset, Ann Rule's riveting and impeccably researched study of the destructive relationships, multiple marriages, financial manipulations, and monstrous acts of harassment and revenge that surrounded Brad Cunningham and his wives. It is also a penetrating - and ultimately shocking - recreation of Cheryl's murder and the eight years it took to bring her killer to justice.
Dead by Sunset is a chilling look at the evil that lurks behind the most charming of facades and a fascinating homage to the kind of courage and brilliance it takes to combat it.
©2008 Ann Rule (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
"Rule provides a perceptive character analysis of a malignant, self-centered, charismatic con artist. It's a chilling, haunting portrait." (Publishers Weekly)
"The similarities with the O.J. case are compelling." (The Spokesman-Review)
"Fascinating material.... Ms. Rule admirably recounts this labyrinthine tale. (The New York Times Book Review)
I'm Irish and proud of it! Father of three beautiful girls, USAF veteran, 25 years in Social Services! Carpe Diem
I think I enjoyed the cumulative efforts on the part of the defense attorneys and prosecutor who didn't give up on this case!
The history of his failed marriages, the insidious way in which Brad manipulated everyone around him including his own children.
Brad, he conveyed just how devious Brad Cunningham was and his evil intent.
A TRUE SOCIOPATH
Great book by Ann Rule, one of my top three writers on true crime. Expertly done Ms. Rule.
Overall, this was quite a story and for the last several hours, I simply couldn't turn it off. This is a worthwhile and fascinating listen; the details of the many lives that intersect within this true story were so insane that I frequently found myself shaking my head in disbelief and bewilderment.
I touched it out but found it very boring, with all the naming the characters in the first few chapters and lives not so different from mine, minus the murder and money, of course.
For true crime lovers, this 20 hours journey will take you down the rabbit whole of an intricate web of lies, with manipulations so complex the devil could get lost, but not Brad Cunningham, the most evil misogynistic killer I have ever seen. Great listen....even though I prefer female narrators :)
I'd say the comeuppance of the antagonist was a delightful moment.
I liked it better than Every breath you take. That was quite a bit more difficult to get into.
His phrasing, intonation and pauses adds to the content and the overall experience. His voice is soothing and warm - it invites the listener into the story.
No. I felt quite sad for the victim and her family but the most extreme emotion was one of "Gotcha!" when Brad was exposed in court for the mysogynist he is.
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