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The Serial Killer Whisperer Audiobook

The Serial Killer Whisperer: How One Man's Tragedy Helped Unlock the Deadliest Secrets of the World's Most Terrifying Killers

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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

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    Justagirl Tacoma, WA, United States 02-09-15
    Justagirl Tacoma, WA, United States 02-09-15 Member Since 2011
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    "You can't Unhear this book"

    Let me begin by saying that I am far from squeamish. I love true crime and am often frustrated by the lack of details provided about the crimes themselves or the psyche of the killers. This book leaves NOTHING OUT. It is graphic, almost to a fault the correspondence with the killers is bone chilling.

    The narration was brilliant and made the letters from Gacy, and others spring to life in a way I sort of wish they hadn't.

    I have always wondered what they were like, and now I think I know more than I wanted to.

    Be warned, you can't unhear this book.

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    Pharmacist Colorado Springs, CO, United States 02-08-15
    Pharmacist Colorado Springs, CO, United States 02-08-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointing"
    What disappointed you about The Serial Killer Whisperer?

    I was expecting insight into the serial killer mind and was delivered correspondence between one man and various serial killers. Little insight was provided and the book seemed to rely on graphic detail to keep readers interested.


    Has The Serial Killer Whisperer turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was bland and added little.


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

    It may appeal to horror/slasher film buffs ... but at a much slower and more mundane pace.


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    6catz 05-11-15
    6catz 05-11-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Tony's story is extraordinary"

    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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    Clint Davis 10-16-17
    Clint Davis 10-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Disturbing"

    This is a fascinating story, but be warned that it pulls no punches in its graphic subject matter.

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    richwire 07-17-17
    richwire 07-17-17
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    "Raw"

    This is for people that like the gory details. It's tough to listen to, definitely not for the faint of heart. Serial killer accounts were loosely organized around a story of a sympathetic ear, resulting from traumatic brain injury. Would have been more compelling if it was better organized.

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    M. Morris 07-07-17
    M. Morris 07-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "What a backstabber"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked hearing what the serial killers had to say. I liked the main character until he betrayed his friends. That's when I stopped listening.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All the scenes where the whole focus was on what the killers were saying.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, the author and narrator did a good job. I listened to it on a road trip.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like true crime, I do think you'll like this book. I didn't finish the book because I got disgusted by the boy. He got all these serial killers to trust him and they told him all kinds of interesting things. Then he stabbed them in the back by doing the one thing he convinced them he wouldn't do.

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    "Wow"

    It is true what they say - excellent book with gruesome details. It does not leave place to imagination - it gives all the details you need. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys TRUE crimes.

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    rebecca kious 05-31-17 Member Since 2013
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    "loved this book amazing to hear the truth"

    amazing story omg! tony and his family amazing hearing the things these killers did was shocking ....makes you look at everybody glad this horrible tradgedy turned out great GOOD BOOK

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    VinMo 03-25-17
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    "An Intriguing New Perspective For True Crime"
    Would you listen to The Serial Killer Whisperer again? Why?

    Yes, the book managed to stay true to the genre while creating an endearing cast of characters with the protagonist's family. This wasn't an edge of your seat type of book, but it was one that kept me glued to my headphones.


    What about Alan Sklar’s performance did you like?

    Everything about his performance was done really well - it was well paced, professional, and helped move the narrative along.


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    Grrlnexdoor 02-03-17
    Grrlnexdoor 02-03-17
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    "If you want graphic"

    This book is not your average study about serial killers. It's mostly the narrator reading the letters exchanged between a young man who has a traumatic brain injury and convicted serial killers. So you hear them recall their crimes and hear how they answer the questions the man asks. It is rather graphic when crimes are being retold so if you have a weak stomach this isn't or you. I found myself looking around a lot more (for safety) the more I read this. Interesting use of the information the man gets and at first you think it's insane the parents went along with it.

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