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American Murder Houses Audiobook

American Murder Houses: A Coast-to-Coast Tour of the Most Notorious Houses of Homicide

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Publisher's Summary

There are places in the United States of America where violent acts of bloodshed have occurred. Years may pass - even centuries - but the mark of death remains. They are known as Murder Houses.

From a colonial manse in New England to a small-town home in Iowa to a Beverly Hills mansion, these residences have taken on a life of their own, gaining everything from local lore and gossip to national - and even global - infamy. Here, writer Steve Lehto recounts the stories behind the houses where Lizzie Borden supposedly gave her stepmother "40 whacks", where the real Amityville Horror was first unleashed by gunfire, and where the demented acts of the Manson Family horrified a nation - as well some lesser-known sites of murder that were no less ghastly.

Exploring the past and present of more than 25 renowned homicide scenes, American Murder Houses is a tour through the real estate of some of the most grisly and fascinating crimes in American history.

©2015 Steve Lehto (P)2016 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"[American Murder Houses] is an excellent read with useful information about not just the houses but into the killings as well." (Reading Ghost Book Reviews)

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    S. Winchester Pittsburgh 09-14-16
    S. Winchester Pittsburgh 09-14-16 Member Since 2014

    Wife, Mother, Photographer. Obsessed with Great White Sharks, urban legends, Sweet Valley High and horror movies.

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    "Engaging and engrossing stories."

    A history of american homes in which famous murders had been committed. The book not only tells the stories of the murders and the murderers, but also covers what happened to the homes afterwards. A wonderful narrator caps off the book.

    The book starts off in the late 1800's and goes up to this century. The stories are in order by date. Many of them occurred in the last 50 years.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Granite Falls, WA, United States 11-02-16
    Diana Granite Falls, WA, United States 11-02-16 Member Since 2012

    I am a long haul owner operator truck driver, listening to audio books has been a salvation for me.

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    "interesting"

    I'm a fan now of true crime novels, it will never stop amazing me, how real horror and non fiction, is phenomenally worse than the fictional counter part.
    Just knowing these crimes actually took place, and a few of them I can remember from when I was younger, are interesting to me, and I've often wondered what happened to the house of these horrible atrocities.
    The narrator, Barry Press is fantastic, no complaints.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    TLN Willamette Valley, Oregon 11-01-16
    TLN Willamette Valley, Oregon 11-01-16 Member Since 2014

    If it comes; let it. If it goes; let it.

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    "Fascinating!"

    I am oddly fascinated by "stigmatized real estate" due to a love of a history and a philosophical curiosity. Is there a residual feeling in these houses? An energy? Why do some people have little difficulty living in such a property while others can't even imagine it? Who lived in the house, what were they like? Why did the crime occur? Could I live in such a home? On and on. This book served my curiosity well offering a tour of many stigmatized properties and the stories behind them with excellent narration. I'd love a sequel exploring more homes that were not necessarily as notorious. Many houses have a fascinating history!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie 02-06-17
    Stephanie 02-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Lots of interesting stories but not much scare.
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    The book was very informative but didn't have much scare. I did however enjoy the narrator.

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    Sheryl 01-23-17
    Sheryl 01-23-17 Member Since 2014

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    "Research!"
    What would have made American Murder Houses better?

    A bit more research into the why's and how's of some of these crimes would have redeemed this book.


    What could Steve Lehto have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Basic mistakes in the sequences of events for a few of the crimes was frustrating.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mio Sunnyvale, Ca 02-28-17
    Mio Sunnyvale, Ca 02-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Accurate and entertaining"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely would recommend this to a friend. It's really informative, goes into the background of each house with enough details without being super overwhelming. I really enjoyed listening to this narrator as well. Overall this was done very well.


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    Erika Johnson 12-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    I purchased this book because the title sounded interesting. I struggled to get through the book. I think the narrator was the problem.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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