Fifteen-year-old Lynda Mann's savagely raped and strangled body is found along a shady footpath near the English village of Narborough. Though a massive 150-man dragnet is launched, the case remains unsolved.
Three years later the killer strikes again, raping and strangling teenager Dawn Ashforth only a stone's throw from where Lynda was so brutally murdered. But it will take four years, a scientific breakthrough, the largest manhunt in British crime annals, and the blooding of more than 4,000 men before the real killer is found.
©1989 Joseph Wambaugh (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
This book turned out to be a more interesting story than the average true crime story because it was the first crime solved using DNA typing. It was fascinating to listen to the way the crime was investigated because it revealed such a huge difference between the way the British view crime investigation and the way Americans do. It is literally not possible to imagine a town in the U.S. where every single male citizen would volunteer to provide a DNA sample, even before people really realized how accurate such testing was. The story of the underlying crime was not particularly unique or fascinating as the perpetrator was just your average psychopath, but the author did a good job of providing an accurate portrait of the two victims and their families. The tangent in the investigation due to the false confession was also quite interesting because the suspect was such a complete oddball. I hope they kept a close eye on that young man after this case was resolved!
The narrator was a bit irksome to listen to because he did the reading in the accent of the region, which was thick and fairly difficult to understand. I have actually heard interviews of the parents of the victims on a television program, so I know that this accent was correctly performed, but that didn't make it easier to understand.
"Ruined by an atrocious narrator"
Fascinating and disturbing true story, very well written and researched. But the narrator is woeful. His attempts to deliver dialogue in a Leicester accent are so bad (think merseyside meets Somerset meets the Scottish highlands) that it is impossible to concentrate on the story. Shame.
The American narrator.
Switching it off.
By using a British narrator, please don't think that this is a xenophobic comment, however,this narrator's attempt at a Leicestershire accent made Dick Van Dyke's Cockney accent in Mary Poppins sound like it was dubbed by Ray Winston!!!!!!
Please rerecord this book again with a British narrator as it is a fascinating and historically important story.
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