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The Paradiso Files: On the Trail of Boston's Unknown Serial Killer | [Timothy M. Burke]

The Paradiso Files: On the Trail of Boston's Unknown Serial Killer

In this bold and suspenseful true-crime story, former homicide prosecutor Timothy M. Burke makes his case against one Leonard Paradiso. Lenny 'The Quahog' was convicted of assaulting one young woman and paroled after three years, but Burke believes that he was guilty of much more - that Paradiso was a serial killer who operated in the Boston area, and maybe farther afield, for nearly 15 years, assaulting countless young women and responsible for the deaths of as many as seven.
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Publisher's Summary

In this bold and suspenseful true-crime story, former homicide prosecutor Timothy M. Burke makes his case against one Leonard Paradiso. Lenny 'The Quahog' was convicted of assaulting one young woman and paroled after three years, but Burke believes that he was guilty of much more - that Paradiso was a serial killer who operated in the Boston area, and maybe farther afield, for nearly 15 years, assaulting countless young women and responsible for the deaths of as many as seven. Burke takes the reader inside the minds of prosecutors, police investigators, and one very dangerous man who thought he had figured out how to rape and murder and get away with it.

The Paradiso Files generated headlines when first published in February 2008. Nine days later, Paradiso died at the age of 65 without commenting on any of Burke's accusations, including that he murdered Joan Webster, a Harvard graduate student who disappeared from Logan Airport in 1981. Boston-area prosecutors announced in September 2008 that Burke's revelations had led them to reopen the unsolved murder cases of three young women - Melodie Stankiewicz, Holly Davidson, and Kathy Williams. There were “too many similarities between the individual cases to ignore,” a prosecutor involved in the new investigation said. Burke's account leaves little doubt that Paradiso's deeds should go down in infamy, alongside those of the Boston Strangler.

©2008 Timothy M. Burke (P)2012 Steerforth Press L.L.C.

What the Critics Say

"The criminal exploits of Boston's most notorious psychopath, fugitive gangster James "Whitey" Bulger, have been well chronicled. Now Timothy M. Burke exposes another sadistic figure who prowled Boston's streets for unsuspecting victims back when Whitey was still the man: Leonard "The Quahog" Paradiso. . . . In a suspenseful account offered by the former prosecutor who sent Paradiso to prison for the 1979 slaying of Marie Ianuzzi, Burke builds a convincing case that the Revere fish peddler was a cunning sexual predator who got away with many more slayings. . . Burke tells a compelling story, with chilling accounts of Paradiso's crimes gleaned from victims' accounts and evidence that never made it to court. . . The story transcends Boston with an insider's view of the criminal justice system. . . It's a good read. And Burke, who led the State Police investigation into Bulger during the 1980s, even manages to slip in a few observations about him" (Boston Globe)

"Burke’s colorful and creepy debut takes a Grisham-esque ride through both the legal system and the mind of a killer... This deserves mention alongside Vincent Bugliosi’s Helter Skelter (1974) and Robert Graysmith’s Zodiac (1986) as a stellar exploration of the soul of a mass murderer." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    John Natick, MA, United States 11-06-12
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    "The Narrator needs a new career"
    Would you try another book from Timothy M. Burke and/or Wyntner Woody?

    I would from Timothy Burke. The story was good and out together in a good order


    How could the performance have been better?

    Picked anyone else who has narrated something besides a text book before. His inflections to differant people was horrid!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ELIZABETH Bowie, MD, United States 05-01-13
    ELIZABETH Bowie, MD, United States 05-01-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Worst Narration EVER!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I could not get passed the first 45 minutes in which the narrator not only poorly attempts a Boston accent but I think he is trying to do some old gangster movie type acting and it is AWFUL!When he got to the point of trying to do a voice for a black pimp from the early 70s I just got embarrassed for him and quit.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Timothy M. Burke again?

    Maybe but must have a different reader.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I was the worst I've heard (and I've heard some bad ones).


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story seemed somewhat interesting but I'll never know because I can't listen to this guy any longer.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks to Audible's return policy I don't feel as if I've wasted money on a crummy book. I'm a happy customer.

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