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Eleven murders over a period of four years sent shockwaves through the Krugersdorp community and made headlines nationwide. Eventually these murders were connected to Cecilia Steyn and her cult, Electus per Deus (chosen by God). Members of the cult were willing to do anything for Cecilia - even if it meant committing murder. 

Who is Cecilia Steyn? How can one person manipulate five others to commit murder and perjury on her behalf? How did Satanism contribute to all of this? How did inexperienced criminals manage to evade capture for so long? 

Jana Marx answers these and other questions in this true-crime account that led to one of the most sensational murder cases in the country’s history. Through interviews with those in the inner circle, evidence given in court and police files covering a period of four years, Marx attempts to answer the public’s questions and provide a view of the inner workings of such a cult. 

Narrated and produced by Nicole Engelbrecht. 

©2020 LAPA Publishers (P)2020 LAPA Publishers

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Honestly, kinda boring 😴

The story was there, but the narration was flat. There is significant background into how the cult was formed, the leadership and the plotting of each crime, but the lack of inflection and/or excitement in the reading there in made it difficult to feel the depth of the author's intent.

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Engrossing, but holy hecklesticks.

The narration production quality could be better, as some reviewers have mentioned. But I can promise any reader, this is a cult serial killer story that makes the Manson murders look like child's play - and remember, they killed a pregnant Hollywood actress and wrote on her wall with her blood. The level of manipulation and control this woman was able to exert upon her people - who were not even living in an isolated compound, as most cults do, remember - is simply astounding. It opens up the terrifying possibilities of what becomes possible with a sociopath of well above average intelligence, coupled with today's technology. That particular question isn't necessarily the point of why this book was written, but this book shows us one answer to that question. And holy hell is it terrifying.

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Horrible

Couldn't listen to this book. You can hear background noise during the narration. Who writes about messages calling the SMS's??? Just a really bad book.

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  • 02-20-21

Holy Moly

This story is tragic and the twists and turns are many. Jana Marx is somehow able to tie it all together. The narrator, Nicole Engelbrecht perfectly narrates. I will be let looking for more from both!

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Fantastic story, deadpan reading

The story is fascinating, and I was captured in the inner workings of this infamous case. The telling of the story is very well done. I was a little overwhelmed by the sheer volume of characters involved, but I imagine that's natural given that it's an audio version. I almost need a drawing or mindmap to keep track!

I did find the performance a little deadpan and expressionless. I would have liked to hear a little more emotion in the story.

The word "surreptitiously" seemed to be used a lot, but that may just be me! Overall I'm glad I purchased and listened to this book, it was captivating and educational. I learned so much about a case just around the corner from where I live.

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Accurate and compelling

Binge-listened to this book after watching the 4 part documentary on Showmax.
It's really detailed and fills in all the missing parts.
A must listen for anybody who knows the West Rand.

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Agree a lot with others

This is an interesting case that I had not heard of. I think the author does a fairly good job but it is often very repetitive and as one reviewer said, uses the same word or phrase so repeatedly it is almost comical. Also, the delivery is very flat and the editing is weird. They often have the title of the next chapter jammed at the end of the last sentence.

I am neutral on whether or not I recommend it.

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fascinating story

The story of the Krugersdorp Murders is a case of reality being stranger than fiction. Nicole does a great job of narrating the story. However the writer is inexperienced and tends to over use certain phrases. 'so it was' comes to mind but the most overused word is 'ostensibly' I lost count of how many times the term was used.
The story is unbelievable and is a sad case of how religion can be used as a tool to manipulate people. Innocent people going about their business were killed by these serial killers. No jail time will ever be enough.

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  • 01-13-22

Outlandish

What an absolutely, ridiculously compelling story. This story will leave you with your mouth agape in horror and disbelief. Sped up the narrator as the story read too slow for me - it helped.

Worth the download and listen.

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  • 08-22-21

Good content & story.

Really interesting content & overal story. The narrator is a bit bland & not very exciting though.

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  • 03-25-21

Terrible Book.

I normally love this genre however this was easily the worst book, badly written and horribly performed. Far too much insignificant detail almost to the point of describing the weather, dining options and the colour of the sky. Get to the point already.. To top it off, I have never heard such a monotone narration in all my time. I do not recommend this book in any way shape or form.

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  • 01-25-21

Gripping

This book made sense of a very chaotic and crazy line of events. The news didn't do justice to the victims the way that the author did in her writing. The narration was clear and easy to listen.