The Faceless Villain: A Collection of the Eeriest Unsolved Murders of the 20th Century: Volume Two

Narrated by: Jenny Ashford
Series: The Faceless Villain, Book 2
Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
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What is it about these unsolved murders that still fascinates us long after the cases have gone cold? Is it simply that we enjoy being able to come up with our own theories about what happened to the unfortunate victims? Or are we intrigued by the terrifying possibility that the killers are still out there somewhere?

The Faceless Villain: Volume Two is the second in a three-volume series that explores the most mysterious and disturbing unsolved murders of the 20th century. This volume is comprised of the years 1960 through 1979, and includes all of the best known cases of the period, as well as many more lesser-known murders, all presented in a compelling chronological narrative that takes the reader on a grisly journey through the blood-soaked avenues of mid-20th century crime.

Featuring: The Lake Bodom Murders, Little Miss Nobody, Jack the Stripper, The Zodiac, The Beaumont Children, Bible John, The Good Hart Murders, The Coronation Street Murder, Highway of Tears, Sister Catherine Cesnik, Isdal Woman, The Alphabet Murders, The Lady of the Dunes, The Gypsy Hill Killings, The Seewen Murder Case, The Wanda Beach Murders, The Freeway Phantom, The Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Murders, The Girl Scout Murders, The Lafayette Bar & Grill Murders, Bob Crane, and more!

©2018 Jennifer Ashford (P)2018 Jennifer Ashford
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Great book, highly recomend!!

Jenny Ashford is a great researcher and writer. Fans of her fiction or "13 O'Clock" will enjoy this one. All at once listening to this book seems like a cross between a "true crime" expose, stories being told around a campfire or a chat with a friend.

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Sooo many murders...

This second volume in the anthology is as informative as it is unnerving. The substantial increase in unsolved cases of this time period highlights more an increase in historical data than it does an increase in crime or violence. Like the first volume this edition flows very quickly. You will need a greater attention span then for that of a Dan Brown novel but, it's packaged in fascinating digestible chunks. If you listened to the first volume sound quality and narration are noticeably improved.

Well worth all 17 hours!

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Pretty sure author doesn’t have a future in narration

To anyone who reads this- if you find the author/narrator’s voice insufferably fast, give it a try on .75 speed; still annoying but tolerable enough to finish the book.

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Peace, love, and an astounding amount of murder.

This book did nothing to curtail my paranoia that any stranger I pass could be a murderer.

It's a pretty stunning record of how murder investigations have changed over the years. With the advances in dna technology pretty soon you won't be able to write a book like this.

Made the last 3 days at work fly by.

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WOW! Dont listen to it alone!

Thank you so much....Well done! You rocked it! Please dont stop. Makes my commute so much better!

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not great

this was like listening to a dot point list. I couldn't get interested and I found it difficult to follow, with the chopping & changing of subject

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Narration is subpar

The narrator spoke to fast, inflected strangely on words and the whole thing flowed as one run on sentance. It was one case to the next to the next with small transitions you could miss. Not impressed.

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Not good.

The narrator seems to be in a hurry. Monotonous voice is just irritating. Next time, why not hire a professional narrator?

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Very Clinical, Non-Sensationalized Stories

This is an excellent look at these unsolved murders. Jenny's approach is very simple and does not glorify or sensationalize any of the stories. This is a great read for anyone who is interested in unsolved crimes as an academic subject and does not revel in guts and gore.

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super vol. 2!

Wyczekany tom 2. Bardzo ciekawa kompilacja niewyjaśnionych morderstw z ultraciekawego okresu w dziejach człowieka. Oczywiście biorąc pod uwagę zjawisko psychopatii oraz wszelkich badań z nim związanych.
Autorka wykonała kawał porządnej pracy, tworząc tę książkę. Wyobraźcie sobie poszukiwania informacji, a następnie spisywanie ich i układanie w logiczną całość. Do tego łączenie pisania z pracą, życiem oraz nagrywaniem świetnego podcastu na youtube (13o'clock).
Według mnie praca Pani Ashford, jest pozycją obowiązkową dla każdej osoby zainteresowanej prawdziwą zbrodnią, a w szczególności taką, której do tej pory nie jesteśmy w stanie rozwikłać. Jest dostępna w moim kraju, co bardo mnie cieszy, ponieważ wielu książek o tej tematyce nie mogę odsłuchać z audible. Zapewne wszystkiemu jest winna polityka.
Najlepszym smaczkiem jest fakt, iż książka czytana jest przez autorkę.
Dzięki temu związek z jej pracą jest jeszcze silniejszy.
Pozycja warta odsłuchania. Gorąco polecam.

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  • Daniel Meakin
  • 01-19-19

Utterly Fantastic.

This book is essential if you're into Unsolved Crimes, or even crime in general.
Clearly, the book has been researched,planned and written extremely well.

This is certainly a book where 5/5 looks as though it is under rating It.

I look forward to Volume 3.

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  • j k thornton
  • 01-06-19

Excellent collection - well written and researched

A great mix of well known and some more obscure cases. The author's podcast '13 O'clock' is a great companion to this work.