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Erased: Missing Women, Murdered Wives

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Publisher's Summary

Based on five years of investigative reporting and research into forensic psychology and criminology, Erased presents an original profile of a widespread and previously unrecognized type of murder: not a hot-blooded, spur-of-the-moment crime of passion, as domestic homicide is commonly viewed, but a cold-blooded, carefully planned, and methodically executed form of erasure. These crimes are often committed by men with no criminal record or history of violence whatsoever, men leading functional and often successful lives until the moment they kill the women, and sometimes children, they claimed to love. A surprising number go on to kill a second or even third wife or girlfriend, often in exactly the same way.

In more than 50 chilling case studies, Marilee Strong examines the strange and complex psychology that drives these killers, from the murder a century ago that inspired the novel An American Tragedy to Scott Peterson, Mark Hacking, Jeffrey MacDonald, Ira Einhorn, Charles Stuart, Robert Durst, Michael White, Barton Corbin, and many others. Erased also looks at how these men manipulate the legal system and exploit loopholes in missing persons procedures and death investigation, exposing how easy it can be to get away with murder.

©2009 Marilee Strong; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"With its blend of novelistic journalism and concise psychiatric research, Strong's exposé will appeal to more than just true crime fans." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Magi Smith 07-02-17
    Magi Smith 07-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I have to stop"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Erased to be better than the print version?

    I have to stop reading this kind of stuff. I think about the minds of criminals way too much. Maybe I missed my calling. (I'm a an English professor).
    Strong has walked a thin line between research journalism a and story-telling, and has done both very well. I love this book. I will listen again some time.


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    TLN Willamette Valley, Oregon 10-31-16
    TLN Willamette Valley, Oregon 10-31-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Serious, Fascinating, All Women Should Read"

    When it comes to True Crime, I do not care for Ann Rule or similar writers. The flowery, inauthentic prose turns me off. I want analysis and substance. One subject that has fascinated and horrified me for a while are seemingly healthy, functioning people who decided to murder their spouses. Why? How? Who could do such a thing? So this book was EXACTLY what I was looking for - A serious, absorbing look at these murderers, in this case men, who happen to make up the larger part of this group. The author does NOT contradict herself, as another reviewer asserted. She is describing the nuances of this kind of crime and killer, a grey area we are only starting to grasp. Not only was I enthralled and enlightened, I feel all women should read this book. We really do not KNOW anyone completely. We do not truly KNOW what anyone is capable of doing. How many times have people said, "He would never do that," only to find out he most certainly did?

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    Robert 10-20-16
    Robert 10-20-16 Member Since 2017
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    "This had potential"
    Would you try another book from Marilee Strong and/or Deb Thomas?

    I would try another book from Marilee but not Deb Thomas.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Marilee Strong? Why or why not?

    I would. The subject matter is interesting enough. I would strongly suggest a different narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Deb Thomas’s performances?

    No. Her narration is awful. I can handle a fast reader. I cannot handle a narrator who does not seem to breathe between sentences or pause in between paragraphs. The narration does not flow at all.


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    farmhouselady 08-19-13 Member Since 2015
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    "dry, cerebral"
    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    very disappointed in this book. its presentation, before purchase, led me to think it would be a much more intimate, personal view of the various cases of missing wives that have been in the recent news. this was very misleading.


    Any additional comments?

    this book might perhaps satisfy a student looking for a textbook-type presentation of elements regarding missing wives cases. one could easily draw up an outline of these elements, highlighting facets where such cases were similar or dissimilar, etc., from the analysis this book gives.

    however, if you are expecting some good old human interest that would REALLY illuminate your understanding of these obscenely ghoulish but seemingly rather common crimes, a delving more deeply into them than the popular reporting has provided, as i was expecting, prepare to be totally let down.

    i soldiered on with the book, maybe halfway through it, expecting to, at some point, come to the real meat i was looking for, the ENLIGHTENMENT, before frustratedly giving up. it just was not there. the narration itself was perfectly ok. but this is NOT a book, it seems to me, that is going to make it to any bestseller list. it is DRY, DRY, DRY.

    returning it.

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    David warren, AR, United States 03-24-12
    David warren, AR, United States 03-24-12
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    "Interesting topic - poor writing"

    The GOOD: Fascinating subject. Interesting thesis. A number of cases are covered.

    The BAD :Disorganized, redundant writing. Egregious misunderstanding/misuse of basic statistics. Questionable and erroneous conclusions, stated as fact. Author's bias leads her to present all men as one dimensional, which belies her personal agenda and causes her to lose any credibility, especially in her conclusions/analysis; Which is a shame, because she has an interesting thesis. Mediocre reading.

    SUMMARY:Poor writing, forced reasoning and rushed, mistake-ridden reading spoil a book that had great potential.

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    Laura albemarle, NC, United States 08-16-11
    Laura albemarle, NC, United States 08-16-11
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    "The narrator ruins this book."

    I was able to listen to about 20 minutes of this before before I couldn't take it anymore - this narrator doesn't pause for punctuation which makes it impossible to follow - she sounds like the programs that are used to have your computer read text.

    Another issue is that you hear the narrator taking a huge breath at the end of a sentence - which, of course, is because she rushes through a sentence without pausing for any sort of punctuation. Words and names being mispronounced, her rushing through each sentence without giving any sort of a break and having to listen to her suck in air at the end of each sentence is just unbearable for me. :(

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    Georgia Decatur, GA, USA 07-20-10
    Georgia Decatur, GA, USA 07-20-10
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    "Narrator a little off."

    The book, while very interesting, became a little jumbled at points when the narrator either paused with no punctuation, or split sentences into several thought instead of one coherent though.

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    Sheridan United States 06-01-11
    Sheridan United States 06-01-11
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    "Incredible!"

    This book is terrifying because it is real. No one thinks it could happen to them. This author shows it could happen to anyone! The book was a great read but the author kept repeating herself and it got a little tedious towards the end. If you like true crime I recommend it.

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    Linda Greenville, SC, United States 10-14-10
    Linda Greenville, SC, United States 10-14-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent true crime!"

    This is one of my favorites. I listened and then immediately listened again. I think at least one of the reviewers who rated this badly missed some key words such as "anomaly" when the author was describing traits of different 'erasers'. I listen constantly and to all genres. I found this book and reader to be excellent. Really a credit worthy read.

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    Ellen Kansas City, MO, United States 11-20-10
    Ellen Kansas City, MO, United States 11-20-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Interesting"

    This was a very interesting take on wife-killers. It makes you wonder what other people may be thinking under the surface...is someone you know planning to do away with his or her spouse and get away with it? The most interesting aspect was the pregnancy aspect. Some men can't handle the responsibility of fatherhood, and that's when they kill their pregnant wives. It is also interesting how many of the "eraser killers" tell extensive lies about their success and status, kind of living a fantasy life until (usually) a pregnancy presents looming responsibility they can't handle. I would suggest more help from society for young parents, including more jobs. A society where no one has to feel quite so overwhelmed by the impending birth of a first child. In the case of Christian Longo, he was being shunned by his extended Jehovah's Witness family and I think that contributed to his feeling backed in a corner. If there were a working class level job where a man could go down and at least make an adequate living, maybe fewer fathers-to-be would panic and pull a Mark Hacking.

    Now for another topic. (It won't let me start a new paragraph.) This narrator's inflection is terrible. She doesn't pause in the appropriate manner at the end of a section. The end of an entire section is the same as the end of a sentence, and both are too short. It was very hard to tell when a new whole section begins. Other narrators sometimes do this too, and it seems like the narrator isn't grasping the material enough to tell when a new section begins. Very annoying.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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