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Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris, the Toolbox Killers, brought a level of terror that changed the way people carried out their daily lives. It was a time of innocence in California, where young girls could walk the streets or hitchhike along the freeways without a care or concern for their own safety, day or night. But that innocence and trust were to be shattered as five girls made the fatal mistake of accepting a ride from Bittaker and Norris.

What started as a chance meeting in prison of these terrible men resulted in a murder spree that was planned right down to the finest details. They knew the type of victims they wanted, how they were going to abduct them, and what they were going to do to them. And they did everything they could to make their depraved fantasies come true.

This true crime book includes chapters that explore the psychological make-up of these killers, and factors that may have influenced their twisted minds. How could these men inflict such horrific pain and suffering on their victims, and get away with it until five victims are left dead and scattered in a desolate canyon? What would have happened if Bittaker and Norris had never met?

These famous serial killers were organized and sexually sadistic, and were responsible for some of the most horrendous true murders involving unimaginable torture in history. This is one of those true crime stories that will make you question humanity, and look twice at those who live among us.

©2017 LAK Publishing (P)2017 LAK Publishing

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Toolbox - Two For One . . .

Eeeeeyaaaa! The crimes of this deadly duo (Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris), surely have to be considered one of THE most cruel sadistic killings. Ever. I will be the first to admit, that although I do NOT condone these deeds, when reading it as a story and disconnected to the realness of their actions - I DO want ALL the details. Lots. And boy oh boy did this one deliver the goods in that department. My jaw dropped, and I did MUCH cringing and wincing.

I never knew the particulars of this murderous pair, and as I listened, I would often back it up so that a particular part could be repeated to confirm what I thought I just heard - WAIT a minute, WHAAAT???!!!!! As the book title implies - they certainly DID make use of items from the toolbox to inflict horror and pain on their victims. Wow. Unnh.

The latter part of this book - and perhaps a better chunk of it, is heavy on psychology, factoids, stats and comparisons regarding MANY serial killers. This section could have easily been its own stand alone book, and not necessarily combined into this one. Personally, I do not have much interest in those aspects. But for crime junkies ....its probably perfect.

I have recieved this audiobook in exchange for my honest review, and I will tell you that I WILL re-listen to this just to be horrified all over again. Might save the rest though for another time.

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Interesting!

These two guys are sick.... I have to admit, I have not been very fond of many books like this in the past, but this one was different, It was very informative for me, as I did not really know much about these murders before this. ( I actually went and researched some more on my own after finishing, cause why not, ha). If you are looking to learn some more about these murders, I would definitely recommend this book. FYI, it does get pretty in detail, so steer away if that upsets you.

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Exactly as you would think

Where does The Toolbox Killers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks in the top 10

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Toolbox Killers?

just listening to the horrific things that were done to those poor women

What does Kevin Kollins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I like his voice. He reads well although I believe he mispronounced a couple things. Did not effect the story at all.

Any additional comments?

I was given this book for free to provide an honest and unbiased review.

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Great story with great facts

I thought this book was well researched and well written. I mainly listen to true crime and this book was a great listen. I felt the narrator left a little to be desired but wasn’t the worst I’ve heard. If you really enjoy true crime then this is a great book. As far as what I said about the narrator. He lacked some of the emotion in his voice that other narrators have, but other than that he was clear and easy to understand.

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Great read

The Toolbox Killers by Jack Rosewood and Rebecca Lo was a great read about true crime. Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris were known as The Toolbox Killers. Give young women made the fatal mistake of accepting a ride from the men who brought a rain of terror on California. This was a well written book about a true crime story.

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Impressive!#

I blew through this story. I couldn’t put it down. I ended up staying up late one night and then getting up early to finish it. I think it took me 2 days to listen to this beginning to end. I couldn’t wait to get out of work to listen to more of it. Jack rosewood is up there as one of my favorite True Crime authors.

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Very disturbing true crime. Lots of facts.

The story of the toolbox murders was interesting and tragic. This book spent about the first two hours detailing the early lives of the killers, the actual murders and the court trials. After this, there was a lot of speculation based on facts (this is the way we form theories, so totally okay) about what possibly led these two men down the path they took. Very interesting stuff about California (my home state, born, raised and still live) and its connection to some of the more heinous and infamous serial killers. A staggeringly large amount were active at the same time. Had all the speculation not been there, the book would have been about a total of 2.5 hours, but the added information was beneficial to the overall tale. I especially liked the facts given about borderline personality disorder.

All in all, this was an enjoyable book if you are interested in learning about what makes killers/criminals tick or you just like true crime.

The narration was done very well.

I requested a review copy of this audiobook and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review.

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Worth a listen

I did not know anything about these serial killers until I listened to the book. I expected it to be gruesome and it was. I think the author did a good job telling the story. I felt like the narrator was being too forceful. It felt like I was being talked at instead of talked to. Overall if you are interested in this type of book, it is well worth listening to. I received this as a free review copy and this is my honest and unbiased review.

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Waste of Time and Money

Would you try another book from Jack Rosewood and Rebecca Lo and/or Kevin Kollins?

No

What could Jack Rosewood and Rebecca Lo have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Research beyond a cursory web search would be a start. The actual crimes and legal action take up about an hour. They included a transcript of one victim being abused for nothing other than prurient interest.They spent more time relaying the history of San Quentin and it's history in assorted movies, etc. I am left wondering what the point was?

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kevin Kollins?

No one. This should never have been created.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disgust.

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Toolbox Killers

The Toolbox Killers
A Deadly Rape, Torture & Murder Duo: The Serial Killer Books, Book 3
By: Rebecca Lo, Jack Rosewood


Another fine accounting of Serial or Spree Killers. This is a dark tale of the deaths of young girls at the hands of monsters. We also get bonous material. I had heard of this duo, Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris. It was chilling to hear more.


The narration was well done by Kevin Kollins, who is a master of this genre.



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