Obeying Evil

The Mockingbird Hill Massacre Through the Eyes of a Killer
Narrated by: Steve White
Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (71 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Obeying Evil presents the shocking true story of Ronald Gene Simmons and the most disturbing family killing spree in the United States. Over the course of a week in 1987, he murdered 14 members of his own family, a former co-worker, and a stranger.

In 1979, Simmons retired as an Air Force Master Sergeant following 20 years of service. The instability that followed his military days exacerbated his desire for control over his family. Simmons used intimidation, humiliation, and violence to assert dominance over all but one of his family members. He allowed a softer side to surface for his favorite daughter, Shelia, whom he forced into an incestuous relationship, and eventually fathered her child.

His need for total control led to isolation within his family and an inability to hold down a job. His frustration grew to untold levels when Sheila left the family home and married another man. With his plans in ruin and his grip softening, Simmons surprisingly supported his family's desire for a big Christmas celebration. The stage was set for a heartwarming reunion, but he had laid a very different set of plans.

Obeying Evil portrays the Mockingbird Hill Massacre from the perspective of Ronald Gene Simmons. It's a shocking true story about dominance, intimidation, and extreme violence.

If you are especially sensitive to accounts of the suffering of children, it might be advisable not to listen any further.

If, however, you seek to understand the darker side of human nature by coming face to face with it, then this audiobook is written for you.

©2017 Ryan Green (P)2017 Ryan Green

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So Evil- Just Unbelievable

How can anyone arrive at this conclusion to their problems?
This man did.
Killing one's own family has to be at the top of the list of the evil humans are capable of.

As always, Ryan Green does a fantastic job of taking the reader into the mind of a madman.

His style is different from others and I really like it.

5 stars all around.

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

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real life horror- A boogie man

wow, this book was intense. it was so well written, it reads like a fiction novel. its hard to believe that its true. how can someone be this evil? this cruel? this twisted?
If you like True Crime, this is a must read. a look into a killers mind.

Ryan Green, did an outstanding job reading this story.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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I highly recommend this book !

I loved it from start to finish it keeps your interest you won't be disappointed

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Excellent

Ryan green never disappoints
A brutal story of a mans revenge on the people he thinks betrayed him
Steve’s narration is fantastic like always highly recommended
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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Shocking

I’m not sure why I like listening to true crime, but I’ve found I enjoy listening to Mr. Green’s take on these crimes as much as watching the television shows that provide similar information. Mr. Green’s ability to portray the crime from the view of the perpetrator while keeping a flowing narrative are great. It keeps the reader glued to the chair with all of the lights on and all of the doors and windows locked. And then you remember that its all true.

The matchup of Mr. Green’s narratives and Mr. White’s narration are perfect. Mr. White portrays the perpetrator here with conviction. His intonation of the internal monologues is great and indicates that the perpetrator isn’t such a bad guy…in his own head. Mr. White also adjusts the speed of his narration to match the mood of the novel keeping the reader right in the action.

I recommend Mr. Green’s books if you like true crime or just want a scare for a spooky night.

I was provided with a free copy of this audio book for my honest review. The views expressed here are entirely my own.

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Arkansas boogie man!

I received a free audiobook copy in exchange for an honest review.

It was gritty & brutal being told this tale from the killer's perspective. As usual, the author's research comes through since it sounds like a story not a factual account. Once the killings happened, it was a bit rough to listen to it all in one sitting so I had to take a couple of breaks.

I wasn't aware of this killer or his crimes. Even so, I feel like a got a complete and detailed view of his life, crimes, and finally punishment.

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Another Great One to Listen To

I vaguely remember when this happened and it was rather shocking then, but listening to it in more detail is unreal. I'm a huge true crime fan and a huge fan of you, particularly, Ryan!! Keep them coming and I'll keep listening/reading them as long as I can!!

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SURE IS EVIL, ALL RIGHT! GREAT BOOK!

Just when you think reality can't get any more horrific or gruesome (and this is coming from a certified true crime addict!), you read this. VERY well-written story of a really messed up dude. Total psychopath! Reality is stranger than fiction, most times. Enjoyed the story and the narration. I really think both author and narrator did an excellent job, and I'd definitely recommend it, but you'll need a thick skin... Good stuff.
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Green Has Done It Again!

I love listening to true stories and this author has a great way of building up the story, starting with the history of the individuals and backgrounds, so you can get a feel for might have happened. The narrator, Steve White, does a great job with portraying what the author is trying to say.

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Steve white ,one of the best storytelling voices.

The story has is chilling as well as intense. i would recommend this book if your into spine twirling stories, also narrated by one of the best voices for the job.

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  • Ostfeld
  • 07-05-18

The Story Teller !

The author Ryan Green is amazing, I believe that no matter the subject he would glue you to it, he does a complete research before he starts and then like magic he tells the story like no others !
If I only had teachers like him, I would have been a much better student then just an average one.
Really beautifully written coupled with the narrator Steve White a great audiobook was created.

This audiobook is Full heartedly recommended !!!



I believe that my review was honest even so that I got this audiobook for free.

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  • Emily
  • 05-02-20

Struggle

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

I really struggled with this audiobook. It’s quite short and many details were left out, which I struggled with because I could never remember who was who.

The narrator was brilliant, and I really appreciated his narration style.

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  • James Tormey
  • 04-06-20

Made my skin crawl

I'm going to keep this one brief. 

Obeying Evil is both a horrible book and a completely fascinating story. The details that are revealed within left my skin crawling. It tells the story of a crime that I had been unaware of up until now, and honestly, I'm not sure my life is any better for knowing it. I learned nothing from this book. The book only exists to prove that some people are deplorable and should be kept away from others at all times. 


While this book is certainly true crime, I do mark it as non-fiction with a little hesitation. I'm not sure how the author can reveal the thoughts of the killer without some artistic license. At times it almost felt as if the author was on the side of the criminal, but this is probably in large part due to the style the story is told. We are after all, supposed to be looking through the eyes of the killer. 

Negatives out of the way there are definitely positives here. Despite everything I could not stop listening to it. The narration was excellent and really added to the story. If you are a fan of true crime, and want something with a bit of edge to it, then this is certainly for you, but be warned - it is incredibly graphic and features incest, and the brutal murder of children. The author does not hold back on the details. As such, I find it hard to recommend. I certainly liked it. This being the second book I have listened to by the author, I am not sure if I want to listen to any more, not because I didn't enjoy it (because I did) but because I'm not sure my wits could take it again. 

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  • clive
  • 06-16-19

A fantastic listen

This is a great listen as are all of Ryan's stories. Superbly narrated by Steve White. Definitely worth a listen.

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  • Elizabeth Frounks
  • 06-05-19

Truly Interesting

This is a story that is difficult to stop listening to. It is detailed and told in such a way that it does keep you captivated. Steve did a wonderful job narrating the amazing tales from Ryan Green. A truly needed book for all Real Crime lovers.

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