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Who Killed These Girls?

Cold Case: The Yogurt Shop Murders
Narrated by: Amanda Carlin
Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, True Crime
4 out of 5 stars (89 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the author of Crossed Over, another masterful account of a horrible crime: the murder of four girls, countless other ruined lives, and the evolving complications of the justice system that frustrated the massive attempts - for 25 years now - to find and punish those who committed it.

The facts are brutally straightforward. On December 6, 1991, the naked, bound and gagged bodies of four girls - each one shot in the head - were found in an I Can't Believe It's Yogurt! shop in Austin, Texas. Grief, shock, and horror spread out from their families and friends to overtake the city itself. Though all branches of law enforcement were brought to bear, the investigation was often misdirected, and after eight years only two men (then teenagers) were tried. Moreover, their subsequent convictions were eventually overturned, and Austin PD detectives are still working on what is now a very cold case.

Over the decades the story has grown to include DNA technology, false confessions, and other developments facing crime and punishment in contemporary life. But this story belongs to the scores of people involved, and from them Lowry has fashioned a riveting saga that sounds like a Russian novel - comprehensive and thoroughly engrossing.

©2016 Beverly Lowry (P)2016 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Beverly Lowry is rapidly becoming the Zola of Central Texas. Her character studies only get better." (Larry McMurtry)
"An epic story: everyone touched by it was broken in some way. A vivid depiction of the upheaval these tragedies unleash, and the fallacy of closure." (Dave Cullen, author of Columbine)
"Compulsively readable, a real nail-biter, Beverly Lowry's latest foray into true crime is as much a finely layered study of locale as an examination of the inexplicable violence of the human animal. Detail by detail, in beautifully turned, nuanced sentences, she uncovers and probes with patient skill this tragic communal wound." (Phillip Lopate)

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Good story ruined by terrible narration

This is such a heartbreaking, tragic story. It was difficult to get beyond the narrator. She is monotone and sounds like a computerized voice. It was like nails on a chalkboard.

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A lot of information, horrible narration.

Good book with lots of details involving the case, but the awful narration was hard to get past.

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Not good.

The story was horrible because it kept repeating itself. The reader had the most boring voice. Very hard to enjoy, and get into. I wasted my time.

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I wanted to like this book

I am part of true crime book club. We are all very interested in the case of the yogurt shop murders. But the book chases so many extraneous details without explaining why they were even included, that I was lost most of the time. I already knew some of the basics about the case and was lost, so I would only recommend someone who is a complete YSM expert to listen to this book. I am moving on to Murdered Innocents. The sample of it sounds 10x more promising.

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Excellent Book with Terrible Narration

What didn’t you like about Amanda Carlin’s performance?

Her performance literally sounds like a computerized voice. I had to search the name of the narrator to make sure it was an actual person! The emphasis on some words is strange at times and monotone at others. I was very invested in the story, otherwise I would have stopped listening because of the performance.

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Sad on several levels.

this case is always been pretty interesting to me and when I saw there was a book about it I was excited to read it. I never heard the story of the multiple trials and things of that nature. But hearing what the Austin Police Department detectives did especially to one of the suspects you could tell was not very intelligent I'd say close to handicapped. And the fact that they coerced him into saying what they wanted and it really answers the question of how could you confess to something you didn't do. But the saddest thing of all of it is what happened to those four girls and what their parents continue to go through

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Excellent coverage of a horrible tragedy

This is a great book. I've read other reviews that said they didn't like the narration, but I thought Carlin's performance was wonderful. It sounds like a real person reading a real account of a real tragedy. I found her inflection and clearly emotional reaction to some of the grizzlier details to be humanizing and welcomed.

I am very familiar with the case through personal research (I have "internet obsessions" which lead me to do a lot of research on the following; 1). Yogurt Shop 2). EAR/ONS GSK 3). West Memphis Three 4). Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Murders 5). The 1989 McRae / Horton - Gulf Power / Worthy murders

This devastating crime in Austin, TX in December 1991 took the lives of far more than just the four innocent young ladies who were killed on the ICBY premises. It ruined the lives of many more people, including the first detective on scene, firefighters, and the community at large.

I think this book is better than "Murdered Innocents" by Corey Mitchell (which covers the same murders and investigation and was written earlier) - and certainly contains more emotional insight from those involved.

If you're only going to read / listen to one of the accounts of the crime, investigation, trials, and aftermath, this is the better choice, in my opinion.

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Great book on a sad topic

This was an excellent listen on a topic that tears at your heart. The author does a good job of relaying the facts and gives even coverage from all sides.

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