Fifteen-year-old Tony Ciaglia had everything a teenager could want: good grades, good athletic skills, and good friends - until he suffered a horrific head injury at summer camp. Pronounced clinically dead three times by helicopter paramedics before he reached a hospital, Ciaglia lapsed into a coma. When he emerged, his right side was paralyzed and he had to relearn how to walk, talk, and even how to eat. The areas of his brain that were damaged required him to take countless pills to control his emotions and rages. Abandoned and shunned by his friends, he began writing to serial killers on a whim and discovered that his traumatic brain injury - which made him an outcast to his peers - enabled him to emotionally connect with notorious murderers in a unique way.
Soon many of America's most dangerous psychopaths were revealing heinous details to Tony about their crimes - even those they'd never been convicted of. The killers opened up to him, trusted him, and called him a "best friend". But there was a price. As Tony found himself being drawn deeper and deeper into their violent worlds of murder, rape, and torture, he was pushed to the brink of despair and, at times, forced to question his own sanity - until he found a way to put his unusual gift to use. Asked by investigators for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for help in solving a murder, Tony began launching his own personal searches for forgotten victims, incredibly with clues often provided to him voluntarily by the killers themselves.
The Serial Killer Whisperer takes listeners into the minds of murderers in a way that has never been done before - straight from a killer's thoughts. It is also an inspiring (albeit sometimes terrifying) tale of an American family whose idyllic life is shattered by a terrible accident and how healing and closure came to a tormented man in the most unlikely way: by connecting with monsters.
©2012 Pete Earley (P)2012 Tantor
Let me begin by saying that I am far from squeamish. I love true crime and am often frustrated by the lack of details provided about the crimes themselves or the psyche of the killers. This book leaves NOTHING OUT. It is graphic, almost to a fault the correspondence with the killers is bone chilling.
The narration was brilliant and made the letters from Gacy, and others spring to life in a way I sort of wish they hadn't.
I have always wondered what they were like, and now I think I know more than I wanted to.
Be warned, you can't unhear this book.
I was expecting insight into the serial killer mind and was delivered correspondence between one man and various serial killers. Little insight was provided and the book seemed to rely on graphic detail to keep readers interested.
The narrator was bland and added little.
It may appeal to horror/slasher film buffs ... but at a much slower and more mundane pace.
Best.....inside story's from murderers.Worst...a bit too much personal info on author to maintain interest.
Depends on the friend.
I know you should never critique a book half way through it....but as talented a writer, and as inspiring as it is.....about half the information about Tony's brain injury & private life could be removed, and replace this space with more on the killers, would make it better for me.
Sure. I would be interested in learning more about the serial killers, reading more about their crimes and history; and then read it again when I know the people better.
It didn't sugar coat the crimes, but also didn't get too gory. I also liked the fact that many people would have written Tony off after his brain injury, but instead his work helped heal others.
He did a different voice for the serial killers; the bad part was, he used the same "voice" for each person. So the killers had the same "laugh", etc... But, overall I would listen to him again.
Same as the headline: Tragedy's can sometimes lead to greatness
I recommend studying up on Tony and the killers prior to reading. You don't HAVE to, but I think it would add value.
Ask me no questions I will tell you no lies❤️
In the 50%. Great Book about the purpose and place one can find for oneself even in the midst of what seems irreparable!
The deep love the parents had for their son and their long suffering attitude.
The voice of the serial killers. Great job with that.
It was difficult to put down but some parts were difficult to listen to when the killers were telling their stories through their letters.
This book leaves you feeling very aware of the menacing individuals in our society and so sad for the lives destroyed by these monsters!
I LOVE Amazon!
I've only just started this story but I have been reeled in by not only the narration, but the story itself. Once I have completed the story I will be able to update my review. So far though....so good!
I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday.
This is the true story of a brain injured boy who finds, after a long strange journey that he is uniquely equipped to use his altered view of the world to serve law enforcement, and the survivors and families of victims of the most heinous crimes imaginable.
Along the way it was necessary for the author to include the killer's own descriptions of their crimes. Certain stories were obviously sick wish-fulfillment fantasies that read like a version of Penthouse Forum for sadists, and as such were easier to turn into gross mental cartoons and hold at arm's length. Other stories were utterly gut-churningly believable. Be prepared to shield your mind from some of this stuff. One chapter was so disgusting that I actually thought okay, I get it, lets get back to Tony's story, and skipped to the next chapter.
There has never been anyone like Tony, and his contribution to the catalogue of information about the minds of serial killers has been unique and invaluable to those who study and hunt such monsters. A really challenging read, but fascinating as well. Kudos to the reader who sent chills up my spine.
The narration was very good. The story was pretty disturbing, a bit drawn out, but a good listen.
Great listen, this book was by far one of my favorites. If you like true crime and have the stomach for it then get this book!
I understand that serial kills are sick predators, and a bit of detail would have been good, but the story of Tony is what this book should have been for me and how getting involved with these folks made him who he is. But this book was more about details of murders and what these folks did. I will probably finish the book, but I am fast forwarding through much of the murderers confessions TMI in my opinion.
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