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Publisher's Summary

In 1949, things like this just didn’t happen: A quiet New Jersey resident took a morning walk with a 9 mm Luger pistol. In twelve minutes he murdered thirteen neighbors...and then went back to bed.

Howard Unruh went from obscurity to infamy overnight. Even after his obsessive diaries were discovered - a catalogue of simmering rage, petty grievances, and sexual repression - the anomalous crime seemed incomprehensible. Succeeding decades would confirm that Unruh’s “Walk of Death” was just the beginning. The prototype for the modern mass murderer, he would usher in a new age of violence in America.

Rampage is part of Bloodlands, a chilling collection of short addictive historical narratives from bestselling true-crime master Harold Schechter. Spanning a century in our nation’s murderous past, Schechter resurrects nearly forgotten tales of madmen and thrill-killers that dominated the most sensational headlines of their day.

©2018 Harold Schechter (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Very good

While the story was good it was a very tragic and to realistic I got this audiobook from audio book boom and im glad I was able to get a code and the narrator did a fine job

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Not intriguing

A little too much liberal moralizing and too little historical detail. This story was interesting, but not compelling.

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Author and Narrator applauded .the

I have read the entire series of these books . They were all very interesting. I also have these on audible ,and Steven Weber's reading is always wonderful . He makes the books come alive ! Thanks Steven and Harold too.

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another good one

another good story in this series can't wait to move on to the next one. if you haven't read or listen to any of these then o highly recommend it.

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Mass shootings in the past

Rampage takes a look at the mass shootings in our American history. Although there were not as many as we have now, it is still a devastating event that shakes the whole community. This book covers some of the events and shooters and why they say they did it.
Narration was good and appropriate.

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  • Delzona
  • Tucson, AZ United States
  • 09-05-18

Incredible story

If this was a movie it would just another horror film trying to shock people, but the fact that this is a true story makes it all the more shocking. It is hard to imagine how someone could totally flip out and go on a shooting rampage like this! Unfortunately, in this day and age it's more believable, but in 1949 it had to be shocking!!

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Disturbing

Out of all the stories so far, I think this unsettled me the most. Mainly because I'm trying to wrap my head around how the whole thing could of happened in the amount of time it happened and nobody stepped in until they did. It was very educational though. Especially since he's known as one of the first mast murderers in all of history. One does wonder though why so many things are swept under the rug when things could be prevented by just dealing with the situation at hand so it doesn't escalate. I recommend this series.

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  • Admiralu
  • Camarillo, California United States
  • 08-09-18

Father of the Mass Murderer

Another chilling edition of the Bloodlands series. This book focuses on the father of mass murder Howard Unruh. A seemingly normal unremarkable man who enlisted in the military and learned to love killing. Childhoods and methodical, he killed 13 people, including innocent children in a Walk of Death. He chose not to take his own life and taxpayers were forced to foot the bill for his commitment to an asylum. Expertly researched and well written, a short read. As usual, Steven Weber is superb on the audio book version.

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Obvious Moral Compass

This story is clearly meant to show that gun violence is not new and that it would be preventable with stricter gun control. It almost outright says it, and says mass murder is something like an American tradition. I didn't need the preaching, but I do agree with the conclusions. The story was interesting enough but not five -star interesting. I like the narrator. I'm mostly giving him stars I think.

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Great!

Fascinating tale of crime in the early 20th century in America. Interesting look behind the scenes of what makes a murder, early mental health evaluations, and the judicial system (as well as how they used to cave to mob mentality).