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After six of Mick Philpott's 17 children were killed in a house fire, the police closed in on their prime suspects - their parents. Hear the secret police recordings as police bug their hotel room to reveal the killers.

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  • Rabid Reader
  • 07-16-18

Hero???? You are joking

Found this series on Audible, not only is it free its rather interesting to listen.

This is the large family who got the nickname of scroungers that deliberately set fire to their family home and as a consequence killed their children because they wanted five minutes of fame. For what they did they got that and more.

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  • Simon
  • 02-15-18

Chilling Nuggets

I've actually listened to a few of these now and while they aren't breaking any real new ground on the crimes covered I've found them quite fascinating. The use of real audio from 999 calls and police interviews is actually an extremely effective way of making it real for the listener. The very opening to this first episode is utterly chilling and hearing the voice of an excruciatingly young sounding ten year old confess to killing James Bolger is near surreal.

What also strikes home is the sheer duplicitous nature of some of the people involved. Some of the crimes and the way that the people involved behave are actually so incredible that I can't help wonder if I've been a bit harsh on some of the thriller writers I've reviewed and criticised for their lack of realism. The real world does contain these absolute outliers.

The episodes themselves do a good job of telling the story without getting bogged down in detail and I will continue to use the remaining ones as interludes between books. They are a good value add feature of the overall Audible experience..

As the episodes say though there are some elements of the audio that some people could be reasonably expected to find unpleasant including the real audio examples I mentioned above and some of the graphic detail of the crimes so go into it with your eyes open on that point.

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