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Death Sentence

The Inside Story of the John List Murders
Narrated by: Shawn Compton
Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
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Until 1971, life was good for mild-mannered accountant John List. He was vice president of a Jersey City bank and had moved his mother, wife, and three teenage children into a 19-room home in Westfield, New Jersey. But all that changed when he lost his job. Raised by his Lutheran father to believe success meant being a good provider, List saw himself as an utter failure. Straining under financial burdens, the stress of hiding his unemployment, as well as the fear that the free-spirited 1970s would corrupt the souls of his children, List came to a shattering conclusion.   

"It was my belief that if you kill yourself, you won't go to heaven," List told Connie Chung in a television interview. "So eventually I got to the point where I felt that I could kill them. Hopefully they would go to heaven, and then maybe I would have a chance to later confess my sins to God and get forgiveness."   

List methodically shot his entire family in their home, managing to conceal the deaths for weeks with a carefully orchestrated plan of deception. Then he vanished and started over as Robert P. Clark. Chronicling List's life before and after the grisly crime, Death Sentence exposes the truth about the accountant-turned-killer, including the details of his high-profile trial.

©1990 Joe Sharkey (P)2019 Tantor

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A Real Page Turner

Joe Sharkey did a brilliant job with his research for a case that coursed over two decades. It is apparent from his writing style that he has been a journalist reporting the facts as he saw them.
I have always taken an interest in this case as I saw it featured on America's Most Wanted many years ago. I, like many people followed the case especially when John List, a mere pathetic version of a human being was unearthed from his new life.
Today we hear of people murdering their families more often than we would like but back in the '70s the news was more protective of the viewer and of course there was no social media.
However, I had heard so much about the case that was printed in various magazines and weekly trash sheets that I think that I was picking up on much of this devastating sad tale and also listening to the rumors that are now a part of folk law.
This book is jam packed with facts as opposed to rumor. Which I personally feel far exceeded all the ramped up 'grapevine chat' that was being pushed out by the media.
A really interesting listen narrated by the superb Shawn Compton

3 of 3 people found this review helpful