No, Daddy, Don't

Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (84 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The true story of John Battaglia - the coldhearted father who executed his two young daughters to spite his ex-wife

Dallas antiques dealer Mary Jean Pearle had a bitter history with her ex-husband, John David Battaglia, a former Marine and successful accountant - but even after the abuse she endured from him, she never thought he would go after their daughters, Faith and Liberty.

That is, until she listened helplessly over the phone as Faith made a heartrending plea for her life - which was followed by gunshots.

In this updated account of Battaglia's unthinkable crime - an act of filicide that was featured on 20/20 and would ultimately lead Texas to carry out the death sentence - Irene Pence recounts an unforgettable saga of violence, betrayal, and a mother's worst nightmare.

Contains mature themes.

©2003 Irene Pence (P)2018 Tantor

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Gripping!

Gripping story and certainly one the reader will put down only when it is finished.

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Justice provided too late...

This one really got to me. I listen to lots of true crime novels and hearing how a mother had to endure that type of psychological damage , listening to her children plead for their lives, is just downright barbaric! I am not religious by any means, but I wholeheartedly believe there is a SPECIAL place is the deepest depths of hell for people like John Battaglia. I followed up on google after reading this, and without giving away spoilers, justice was finally served TOO LATE. he should have been put in a cage after his first marriage. Our "justice" system failed these little girls. I think I will be taking a true crime break after this one.

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one of the most heart wrenching audios I've heard.

This audio just about brought tears to my eyes. It's one of the most horrible crimes you can imagine..

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Incredibly troubling!!!!

This incredibly disheartening true story was told brilliantly. I can’t imagine the horror women and children of domestic violence endure daily. The writer stayed on course the entire time and the reader did and awesome job telling this chilling and sadly true story. You will NOT be sorry for choosing this book. I only wish it never had to be told and those two beautiful girls would still be here.

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Unbelievable!

Listening to this actually brought tears to my eyes on several times. It is unfathomable that a father would do this to his children. I could not stop listening.

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Pure. Unadulterated. Hell.

You don't know evil until you read this book. It is gut-wrenching, and so ugly. I followed this case for 20 years, and recently discovered this book. I knew I was wading into the deep end of the pool, but I quickly found myself scraping bottom in the Mariana Trench; and I stayed there. It never gets better. My kids are wondering why I'm hugging them so much and crying, and it is because of this book. The only complaints I have about the audio are some annoying mispronunciations. And, I don't really care for how she speaks in the "male" voice of some of the people.

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Heartbreaking

I wish it had been longer with more info about their lives now. Did Mary Jean ever have any more kids, etc.

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Unexpectedly good

I wasn’t expecting to be such a good story, but it was really intriguing and the narrator was super as well.

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Shocking!

Gravitating story line. Very informational. Sad. Good narrator. Keeps you tied to your seat. G88d explanation on domistic abuse, extreme.

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Fantastically written!

Enjoyed from beginning to end. This novel is brilliantly written. It never ceases to amaze me the history behind some of these tragic events. An escalation in violence is almost inevitable. You can just tell that something terrible is going to happen. Truly wish this had a better ending with the two girls still being alive. Be prepared for a broken heart.