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The Serial Killer Whisperer: How One Man's Tragedy Helped Unlock the Deadliest Secrets of the World's Most Terrifying Killers | [Pete Earley]

The Serial Killer Whisperer: How One Man's Tragedy Helped Unlock the Deadliest Secrets of the World's Most Terrifying Killers

From New York Times best-selling author Pete Earley: the strange but true story of a man who suffers a traumatic brain injury and as a result is given the ability to converse with the world's most terrifying criminals.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Pita Miami 08-05-14
    Pita Miami 08-05-14 Member Since 2013

    Life long compulsive reader & lover of recorded books

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    "Distasteful. Don't waste your time."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can get into true crime and to my chagrin share with many a certain morbid curiosity about the workings of the minds of serial killers but this book moves in a different, perturbing direction.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Pete Earley again?

    I would not be inclined to listen to anything by this author again.


    Any additional comments?

    This book borrowed elements from reality and true crime shows but it ended up being distasteful and disturbing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen beaverton, OR, United States 10-25-12
    Colleen beaverton, OR, United States 10-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Tragedy's can sometimes lead to greatness"
    Would you listen to The Serial Killer Whisperer again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Alan Sklar bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Same as the headline: Tragedy's can sometimes lead to greatness


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend studying up on Tony and the killers prior to reading. You don't HAVE to, but I think it would add value.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    heather Pleasantville 09-15-12
    heather Pleasantville 09-15-12 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Beauty from ashes"
    Where does The Serial Killer Whisperer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the 50%. Great Book about the purpose and place one can find for oneself even in the midst of what seems irreparable!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Serial Killer Whisperer?

    The deep love the parents had for their son and their long suffering attitude.


    Which character – as performed by Alan Sklar – was your favorite?

    The voice of the serial killers. Great job with that.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was difficult to put down but some parts were difficult to listen to when the killers were telling their stories through their letters.


    Any additional comments?

    This book leaves you feeling very aware of the menacing individuals in our society and so sad for the lives destroyed by these monsters!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Papin Denver, Colorado, United States 06-09-12
    C. Papin Denver, Colorado, United States 06-09-12 Member Since 2003

    I LOVE Amazon!

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    "I've Only Just Started This Story...."
    Any additional comments?

    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!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Maggie Pine Bush, NY, United States 04-05-13
    Maggie Pine Bush, NY, United States 04-05-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Good story, very disturbing and graphic."
    What made the experience of listening to The Serial Killer Whisperer the most enjoyable?

    The narration was very good. The story was pretty disturbing, a bit drawn out, but a good listen.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Fpo, AE, United States 07-26-12
    Steven Fpo, AE, United States 07-26-12
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    "Spooky journey into the mind of evil"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 10-14-14
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 10-14-14 Member Since 2011

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Very graphic and violent, yet so memorizing."

    Don't read this book if language, talk of rape, torture or killing bothers you, it is very graphic. The content comes directly from serial killers and no punches are held back. Even I had a hard time with it and thought TMI was added. With that said the story was so engrossing. What does it say about me, when I have a fascination with serial killers. I don't know, but thankfully it is only a passing interest. The author mentions serial killers that I had not heard of both past and present ones. I happened to look the names up to find out what they had done. As morbid as it is, it was also fascinating. As for the story about Tony's tragedy it is amazing how people are able to overcome life, this part of the book was an emotional roller coaster. Narrator is a little monotone, but as you continue on with the story he really fits the part.

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    Rachael 08-10-14
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    "Well written and very informative yet graphic"
    What made the experience of listening to The Serial Killer Whisperer the most enjoyable?

    I listened to it to find out more about how serial killers think and why they do the things that they do. I didn't enjoy any of what I heard, it is unbelievable how these people think. The narrator was really good.


    What other book might you compare The Serial Killer Whisperer to and why?

    Don't have one to compare. This has, by far, been the most graphic book about serial killers that I have read. I want to finish the book but it's so graphic into the mind of the serial killer that I can't. Maybe one day I will be able to hear the rest of it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The story of the author and how he came to write about serial killers is my favorite part. I was very surprised to find out that his accident had happened at Camp Grady Spruce. We have property on Possum Kingdom Lake and my kids will be going to this same camp. I will always think of this story while out at the lake and especially when my kids are swimming in the lake there by camp.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I had an extreme reaction to this book. It was of complete shock and disgust hearing how these people think, what they do and how they react to things. It was so shocking and I thought I could take reading this book. Don't get me wrong, all the credit is due to the author. This book is very well written and is intended to show exactly what I have heard and I knew this going into the book. That's why I am really going to try and finish it sometime soon, if I can work up enough guts for it (no pun intended)!


    Any additional comments?

    Great personal story of the author, the writing, research and stories (if you can handle them).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessamyn WEST HARTFORD, CT, United States 11-26-13
    Jessamyn WEST HARTFORD, CT, United States 11-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good book, but not for everyone"
    Any additional comments?

    This is definitely an interesting story worth being told. However, be advised that the stories from the serial killers are not only disturbing, but told in their own extremely crude language. If that stuff doesn't bother you, then this is a good book.

    The voice of Alan Sklar was annoyingly low and husky at first, but I realized it fits with the content of what he is reading. I got used to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin TN 11-24-13
    Kristin TN 11-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I couldn't stop listening"
    What did you love best about The Serial Killer Whisperer?

    I've always been interested in serial killers so this one stood out to me. The book was very detailed and graphic almost to the point some of it was really sickening. I wouldnt recommend this book for someone who isn't ready for details about killing and rape but if you are open minded as I am you should be fine. The book, and true story, talks about a boy that had a traumatic brain injury. He was somewhat isolated due to outbursts and begins writing to serial killers with his families supervision. The book goes into details about what was written to give you a peek into how the killers think.


    What about Alan Sklar’s performance did you like?

    This guy was awesome at reading


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the book was longer

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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