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Every year, we look back in horror at the sheer evil mankind is capable of, and 2017 was no different.

Across the world, but particularly in the United States, startlingly horrific crimes have almost become commonplace, causing us to double-lock our doors at night and look over our shoulders, wondering if we're safe, no matter how crowded or well-lit our location is.

In this true crime release, we've compiled some of the most gripping and gruesome crime stories of 2017. Some of the horrible stories you will hear about includes: 

  • A Florida serial killer stalked a close-knit suburb of Tampa, killing Seminole Heights residents seemingly at random.
  • A member of a neo-Nazi organization used his vehicle to kill a protestor in Charlottesville, Virginia, more than 50 years after the world defeated Hitler's racist rise to power.
  • A couple was sentenced to death for brutalizing a 10-year-old girl for years, beating her, depriving her of food, forcing her to walk on the hot pavement of a sizzling summer in Arizona, only to let her die in an airtight box overnight, her punishment for eating a Popsicle without asking after sweltering in 115-degree heat.
  • Two young girls were smart enough to record pictures and audio of a man suspected in their deaths, evidence that will hopefully soon solve their murders.
  • A blood-soaked man carried his mother's decapitated head into a grocery store, attacking a clerk and stabbing him as well before being apprehended from police.
  • The UK was rocked by terrorist bombings that turned joyous moments deadly in an instant.
  • The death of Charles Manson gave us an opportunity to look back at the bloody mayhem inspired by a murderous man with a messiah complex.

Keep the lights on, Dear Listener, and welcome to 2017's most horrifying true stories.

©2017 LAK Publishing (P)2017 LAK Publishing

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THE Murder Yearbook . . .

I actually loved this books whole concept of giving you the basic rundown of the past years true crime highlights. I thought for SURE that I wasn't going to be too surprised, and certainly there couldn't be *anything* that I've missed in the news - but I was wrong!

Most will have heard about SOME of these stories - but perhaps didn't know the specific details, or like myself, will end up saying out loud Whoaaa...I didn't hear about THAT one! More than once.

Of particular surprise to me was hearing about Charles Manson's will - who he left all his things to - including his body! And the ridiculous "cough syrup made me do it" defense. (making note to remember that) Also a few tidbits concerning the unsolved Delphi murders of Abby and Libby. Just to touch on a few.

I think I will probably have to check out the 2016 edition to see what else I've missed now.

This audiobook was provided to me at no cost in exchange for an honest review - and honestly speaking, if you want to know about all the crazy people out there that you've been missing in the news, then this is for you!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Homicide & True Crime Stories of 2017

True Crime 2017
Jack Rosewood

This is another great crime anthology from this author.I have heard of most of these but had pushed them to the back of my mind. It was a vivid reminder of evil in our world.


The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. Kevin Kollins does a good job as always, however a first small complaint from me. You need to double check pronunsiation of cities. Olathe in Kansas, is pronounced (Oh-lath-a.) Everytime I heard it mispronounced I cringed, and that carried over thru the next few cases. It may just be me but it does bother me.



I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Not What I Expected

The introduction states as fact that hate crimes increased in 2017 because of the election of President Trump. I did not expect a political slant to a true crime book. The narration is monotonous with little inflection.

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What a year for crime

Great summary of the year from the crime world. As always, super interesting listen. My one complaint was the lack of a pause between stories. They kind of bled right into one another and hit you like a wall of text. I needed just a bit longer pause between cases so I knew we were on to the next one. But other than that, well done!

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Summary of a Chaotic Year

Before you buy this be aware that some of the details of the crimes may be disturbing.

I love true crime because it brings together facts about an incident or criminal and rounds it out with research into their personal lives/personalities. It also humanizes the victims, or survivors, in a way that a brief news article cannot. This is the second book from Jack Rosewood that I've listened to. As the title says, this book is a summary of major criminal incidents in the United States and abroad that happened in 2017. It is organized by month. The tone of the book is factual and neutral, but the author expresses deep compassion for those impacted by these crimes.

Because Charles Manson passed away it 2017 the author provides a summary of his criminal activity from the 1960s. He was such a well-known figure to readers to true crime it seemed unnecessary to devote an entire chapter to his legacy.

An issue that I had with the reading/narration is that the book sections, or subheadings, don't all have a clear pause/break between them.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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How Soon We Forget

It’s a sad commentary on our times that I don’t remember some of these horrific events even though they are hardly a year old. We have become so desensitized to multiple and mass murders than, unless they involve dozens of victims, we seem to forget them and move on.

“Homicide & True Crime Stories of 2017; Annual True Crime Anthology” delivers on it’s promise of reviewing, chronologically, the horrible crimes of 2017. Crisply written and read, “Homicide & True Crime Stories of 2017; Annual True Crime Anthology” is well worth the listen.

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Great read

Many of these stories I have heard about and cringed when I heard them again. But many I had not heard about it makes me shutter to know there are so many sick people living among us.
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so much crime

This "book" was wonderful. I didn't realize all the crime that took place in 2017 and this book makes you think twice about life. True life crime is my favorite and this podcast styke book was great. Ripped from the headlines literally. I loved this book. I received this book for free for an honest review.

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Great info, hard to follow when narrated.

Would you listen to Homicide & True Crime Stories of 2017 again? Why?

I believe I would listen to this book again. I am sure i missed some things and it had many stories and enough details that were important.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The part about Manson. The narrator seemed more into the story and was able to tell more of his range. It sounded like a news report otherwise but my main concern is how it was structured made it hard to follow each story. I could not tell if it was a new story or not sometimes. I am sure reading it would be easy.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

It was read appropriately as a news story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Made me more worried and sad more than moved.

Any additional comments?

It was a good listen. Learned about some cases I did not know about. Looka like other reviewers gave it one star just for one comment about Trump. I don't begrudge anyone with an opinion and it is sad that some would not look at the book as a whole.

I received this book for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Good account of 2017 horrible crimes

A lot of interesting yet horrible crimes in this book. Some I was familiar with and some I had not heard about. All interesting and well covered. Although Charles Manson is no longer committing crimes I did love the update on his death and his will, along with some very good information on the crimes that led him to prison. The narration was good but I did have issues with some mispronounced words and some sentences took me a few seconds to understand because there weren't the appropriate pauses. Mr. Kollins does have a voice that is easy to listen to and good for this type of book. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.