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
The love and struggle of a very strong family. How their support molded the positive outcome in a tragic situation.
The father in the family was such a great mentor to his son. I think that if this young man had not have such a great supporting family his life could have taken a devastating outcome.
The book really got into the insecurities of the serial killers. That seemed to be the common thread between all of them.
Not for someone with a week stomach. This book vividly goes into the dark side of these monsters.
It's a great book, very interesting, detailed and flows well. however this book is NOT for the feint of heart. This book is detailed, filled with the sickest people on the planet's own words, so keep that in mind if you're reading this book. I had some parts where even as a person who sees some of the worst of the worst in my work with State Correctional Facilities, had a really hard time not losing my lunch over. If you want a hard hitting, true crime novel that is an incredibly well written book in which the main plot line is actually a really fascinating story about a boy with brain damage, not these monsters and their letters, than this is a great read. But don't forget the Monsters are still there, and they're the loudest voice of them all.
Naturally effervescent blend of avid autodidact, über geek
This story is a fascinating tale of a psychopath who found succor by drawing out the stories of other psychopathic serial killers. The letters from the prison inmates are read in unedited detail and should be offensive to all, but the fact that Tony got these men to speak where so many others failed is incredible and I hope that it provides value in efforts to capture and/or prevent tragedies perpetrated by others.
This book is long on quotes from the letters from serial killers to a young man that has had some very terribly life changing events. The letters are unedited except for length and are graphic to the point of what many readers will consider pornographic. I'm not sure the ending really justifies the overall book. But the reader will come away with a real appreciation of the manipulative, dishonest, and evil nature of these people. It's been reported that there are, on average, 2 serial killers active in each of the 50 states at any given time. They don't always get caught because they move about and many murders are not linked to the same perpetrator until much later, if ever. For those that do not support the death penalty in the case of these kinds of serial killers, my guess is that their opinions might be tweaked a bit after reading this book.
I'm a bear that likes honey, climbing trees, stealing picnic baskets and listening to audiobooks.
Getting an unfiltered window into the minds of serial killers. Understanding how they think about killing. What it means to them. How little they think about consequences.
The letters back and forth between David and the killers. When the writer finally opens up the book to portray some of the victims as people.
For the most part. He was a little over the top and a little off-putting at first, but as the story grabs your attention the narration becomes less of an issue
There is nothing moving in this book. It's an entertaining read, but it is all about bad people doing bad things. Not many places to find hope.
It's a good book to gain insight into the criminal mind. You have to have a strong stomach.
Writer of Words and Painter of Paint
The narrator was fantastic - kudos for even reading this. It was far more graphic I anticipated and the serial killers talking about their crimes one on one was way more detail than I ever wanted.
It's far more graphic than it needs to be.
Alan's voice is really great to listen to.
I was pretty grossed out at the level of detail given to the blow by blow murders.
I love the narrator her has narrated other books that I have read and his voice fits. When he reads as Shawcross he sounds just like you think he would sound. Following his son through the stages he went through after the accident are helpful to understand what really goes on inside some other these killers.
Tony's mom and dad. They let you see inside the stages that the family of a TBI survivor goes through.
No, there was so much information to take in and then I liked to go back and think about some of it and listen to parts again. It is a lot to take in in one sitting. I think at some point your brain would start to tune out the details of the murders. So it should be listened to in about 4 or 5 sittings, I think. There is just a lot of very good info in this book and taking it in too fast you will miss some really good info.
The book was very eye opening to say the least. You here how killers can't feel and that is why they sometimes kill. Well following Tony's journey and his feelings it becomes almost understandable that they kill. Not that is is ok, just that you can understand the process the brain goes through and the important processes it skips over after a TBI.
Give me a good mystery and I am happy!
I love my novels, however in approximately 600 books, I have just a few true crime. I think that it is because of the mystery that I prefer the fiction over the true crime. This book well written and well narrated. If you like true crime you will like this book. I think that I will stick to my fiction whenever possible.
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.
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