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    • Hell's Princess

    • The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men
    • By: Harold Schechter
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 344
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 299
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 299

    In the pantheon of serial killers, Belle Gunness stands alone. She was the rarest of female psychopaths, a woman who engaged in wholesale slaughter, partly out of greed but mostly for the sheer joy of it. Between 1902 and 1908, she lured a succession of unsuspecting victims to her Indiana “murder farm.” Hell’s Princess is a riveting account of one of the most sensational killing sprees in the annals of American crime: the shocking series of murders committed by the woman who came to be known as Lady Bluebeard.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A certainly thorough if a bit meandering study

    • By JAY on 05-10-18

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Little Slaughterhouse on the Prairie

    • By: Harold Schechter
    • Narrated by: Steven Weber
    • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 321
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 257
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 258

    At a remote little inn not far from the Kansas homestead of Laura Ingalls Wilder lived the Bender family. These pioneers welcomed unwary visitors with jackrabbit stew and a sledgehammer to the skull. In time, their apple orchard gave up its secrets - a burial ground for their mutilated victims, each stripped of their possessions. The devilish enterprise on “Hell’s Half-Acre” would earn the Bloody Benders an undying place in the annals of American infamy. But it was the mysterious fate of eldest daughter, Kate, that would make them the stuff of mythic campfire prairie tales.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting Listen

    • By Aimee Greene on 08-07-18

    Regular price: $1.99

    • The Serial Killer Files

    • The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the World’s Most Terrifying Murderers
    • By: Harold Schechter
    • Narrated by: Charles Constant
    • Length: 18 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 459
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 412
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 409

    Hollywood's make-believe maniacs like Jason, Freddy, and Hannibal Lecter can't hold a candle to real-life monsters like John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and scores of others who have terrorized, tortured, and terminated their way across civilization throughout the ages. Now, from the much-acclaimed author of Deviant, Deranged, and Depraved, comes the ultimate resource on the serial killer phenomenon.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Made me feel sick, yet I didn't want it to end

    • By Neuron on 02-07-17

    Regular price: $38.49

    • Panic

    • By: Harold Schechter
    • Narrated by: Steven Weber
    • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 152
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 131
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 131

    During the Depression, economic anxieties found an outlet in a series of child murders that triggered an irrational nationwide hysteria: pedophiliac psychopaths were overrunning the country. As America was brought to rage and fury by the press and the FBI, lynch mobs took to the streets, reason gave way to doomsday scenarios, and one father was even driven to murder his three daughters to “save them” from a degenerate crime wave. A terrifying cautionary essay, Panic explores the combustible mix of unfounded fears, moral crusades, and the dangers of collective thinking.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Panic Over Horrific Events- Superb Narration

    • By Admiralu on 08-08-18

    Regular price: $1.39

    • Rampage

    • By: Harold Schechter
    • Narrated by: Steven Weber
    • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 151
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 134
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 134

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Disturbing

    • By Willow Star Serenity on 08-09-18

    Regular price: $1.99

    • The Pied Piper

    • By: Harold Schechter
    • Narrated by: Steven Weber
    • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 179
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 154
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 153

    With makeup and an affected Elvis pout, Tucson’s Charlie Schmid was a crude parody of a bad-boy heartthrob. In 1964, he still had a hold on girls who’d follow him anywhere. He murdered three of them. It was the dawn of the free-love movement - perfect for a magnetic madman who’d also foreshadow its end a few years later in the malignant charisma of Charles Manson. The inspiration for a classic story by Joyce Carol Oates, Schmid, the most bizarre serial killer of any era, was the epitome of a narcissist flattered into believing he could get away with murder.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Wow

    • By Willow Star Serenity on 08-10-18

    Regular price: $1.99

    • The Pirate

    • By: Harold Schechter
    • Narrated by: Steven Weber
    • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 249
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 216
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 215

    In 1860, a sloop drifted into New York Harbor. Not a soul on board - just blood from cabin to deck. Looted coins led to Bowery thug Albert Hicks, the ax slayer who turned his shipmates into chum. His crimes were absolutely fiendish. His execution was pure ballyhoo. It drew nearly ten thousand bloodthirsty sightseers to the city - including the enterprising showman P. T. Barnum. Refreshments were served as the most notorious and unrepentant mass murderer of the era made history as one of America’s first celebrity killers.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Psychopath

    • By Admiralu on 08-13-18

    Regular price: $1.99

    • Deviant

    • The Shocking True Story of Ed Gein, the Original "Psycho"
    • By: Harold Schechter
    • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
    • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,580
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,468
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,467

    From "America's principal chronicler of its greatest psychopathic killers" ( Boston Book Review) comes the definitive account of Ed Gein, a mild-mannered Wisconsin farmhand who stunned an unsuspecting nation - and redefined the meaning of the word psycho.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best of true crime

    • By E F on 07-17-16
    • The Shocking True Story of Ed Gein, the Original "Psycho"
    • By: Harold Schechter
    • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
    • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
    • Release date: 04-06-16
    • 4 out of 5 stars 1,580 ratings

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Brick Slayer

    • By: Harold Schechter
    • Narrated by: Steven Weber
    • Length: 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 165
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 142
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 142

    A series of brutal home invasions terrified Los Angeles in 1937. They ended in Chicago a year later with the arrest of African American teenager Robert Nixon, igniting racial tensions in an already appallingly divided city. Tortured in custody and portrayed by the press in the most lurid and flagrantly racist terms, Nixon faced an all-white jury. It would be the fastest conviction in the history of Cook County. The case against Nixon is a still-relevant examination of bigotry, suppressed rage, and the making of a murderer.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Wow

    • By Willow Star Serenity on 08-07-18

    Regular price: $1.99

    • Man-Eater

    • The Life and Legend of an American Cannibal
    • By: Harold Schechter
    • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
    • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 113
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 100

    In the winter of 1873, a small band of prospectors lost their way in the frozen wilderness of the Colorado Rockies. Months later, when the snow finally melted, only one of them emerged. His name was Alfred G. Packer, though he would soon become infamous throughout the country under a different name: "the Man-Eater."

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Made me hungry. Just kidding.

    • By daniel on 05-01-17

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Psycho USA

    • Famous American Killers You Never Heard Of
    • By: Harold Schechter
    • Narrated by: Danny Campbell
    • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 104
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 94

    In the horrifying annals of American crime, the infamous names of brutal killers such as Bundy, Dahmer, Gacy, and Berkowitz are writ large in the imaginations of a public both horrified and hypnotized by their monstrous, murderous acts. But for every celebrity psychopath who's gotten ink for spilling blood, there's a bevy of all-but-forgotten homicidal fiends studding the bloody margins of US history.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • True crime enthusiast's dream

    • By Kindle Customer on 08-24-17

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Devil's Gentleman

    • Privilege, Poison, and the Trial That Ushered in the Twentieth Century
    • By: Harold Schechter
    • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
    • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 98
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 91

    The wayward son of a revered Civil War general, Roland Molineux enjoyed good looks, status, and fortune - hardly the qualities of a prime suspect in a series of shocking, merciless cyanide killings. Molineux's subsequent indictment for murder led to two explosive trials and a sex-infused scandal that shocked the nation. Bringing to life Manhattan's Gilded Age, Schechter captures all the colors of the tumultuous legal proceedings.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Book Without an Accompanying Wiki Page Is Always A Treat

    • By Carolina on 02-27-17

    Regular price: $31.49

    • The Mad Sculptor

    • The Maniac, the Model, and the Murder that Shook the Nation
    • By: Harold Schechter
    • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
    • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 335
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 300
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 302

    Beekman Place, once one of the most exclusive addresses in Manhattan, had a curious way of making it into the tabloids in the 1930s: SKYSCRAPER SLAYER, BEAUTY SLAIN IN BATHTUB read the headlines. On Easter Sunday in 1937, the discovery of a grisly triple homicide at Beekman Place would rock the neighborhood yet again - and enthrall the nation. The young man who committed these murders would come to be known in the annals of American crime as the Mad Sculptor.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The Mad Sculptor

    • By William R. Toddmancillas on 08-03-14

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Beauty Slain in Bath: The Titterton Tragedy of 1936

    • By: Harold Schechter
    • Narrated by: James Edward Thomas
    • Length: 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    A story from the anthology Masters of True Crime, which spans murder cases from the beginning of the 20th century to today. This is a must-hear for fans of true crime and will also be compelling to mystery and thriller listeners.

    Regular price: $6.95