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    • The Zodiac Killer

    • The Mystery of America's Most Infamous Serial Killer
    • By: Zed Simpson
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      3 out of 5 stars 2
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      4 out of 5 stars 2

    During the mid-1960s, the people of America became accustomed to opening their newspapers to two types of headlines. The first would be positive and often have something to do with the space program, perhaps which mission was in the works or which one had just been completed. Then there would be an article of a more negative nature, often concerning the United States' increasing involvement in the Vietnam War. Toward the end of 1968, however, a new and more sinister headline began to pop up.

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    • Son of Sam

    • The Life and Crimes of David Berkowitz
    • By: Charles River Editors, Zed Simpson
    • Narrated by: Jim D Johnston
    • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 4

    It's still difficult for people today to conceive of someone being born bad, even as more and more studies are coming out each year that point to the significant effects of DNA on human behavior. But of course, it is also rare that a child born to parents carrying the genes for mental illness or antisocial behavior grows up in a happy, stable home where the parents are equipped to provide a living, nurturing life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Son of Sam

    • By James Carl Barsz, MD on 12-17-17

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    • The Boston Strangler

    • The History and Mystery of the Notorious Crime Spree
    • By: Zed Simpson, Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    The story sounds like something out of a mini-series. The police are called to the home of an elderly woman who has been raped and strangled. She's a socialite and popular in among the Boston upper-crust. As the grizzled detective stand over her body, wondering who would do something like this, someone mentions that there was a similar case recently, except that time the victim was a lower-middle class immigrant woman.

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    • The Search for Jack the Ripper

    • The History of the Police Investigation into the Whitechapel Murders
    • By: Zed Simpson, Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      3 out of 5 stars 2

    When one hears the term "Victorian", many images come to mind. For some, the term conjures up visions of lace and gloves and delicate fans. Others think of tight corsets and even tighter morals. Others, swayed perhaps by one too many British costume dramas, envision gentle elegance and long lost beauty. Naturally, few people think of multiple dead bodies cast about in the streets or dark bedrooms.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Historical but Brief

    • By VC on 04-15-18

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    • The Menendez Brothers: The History of the Family Murders that Shocked America

    • By: Zed Simpson
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      1 out of 5 stars 1
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      3 out of 5 stars 1

    Dozens of books are published each year trying to instruct parents on how to raise good, responsible children, but things still go wrong from time to time. Of course, it’s rare that children turn out like Lyle and Erik Menendez did. For weeks in 1993, Americans were glued to their television, watching as the lurid testimony was given and refuted on Court TV. The Menendez Brothers: The History of the Family Murders that Shocked America looks at one of the most famous true crime cases of the 20th century.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Horrible Narrator

    • By chari on 05-01-18

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    • The Unabomber

    • The Life and Crimes of Ted Kaczynski, the Domestic Terrorist Responsible for the FBI's Most Expensive Manhunt
    • By: Charles River Editors, Zed Simpson
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 9
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      3 out of 5 stars 9
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      3 out of 5 stars 9

    Most Americans old enough to follow the news during the 1990s are instantly familiar with the Unabomber, a name given to the man behind a series of bombs that were periodically mailed or delivered to university professors and airlines, which led to the FBI giving the investigation the codename "UNABOM", an acronym for "University and Airline Bomber".

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Poor quality, Is voice computer-generated?

    • By Matt Wiseman on 02-12-18

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    • The Black Dahlia Case

    • The History of the Unsolved Murder of Elizabeth Short
    • By: Charles River Editors, Zed Simpson
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
    • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The latter half of the 1940s found the major cities of post-war America in a precarious position. On the one hand, population centers were reabsorbing many thousands of returning veterans into the work force, and into a social system they had not experienced for some years. Previous relationships had changed during their absence, and many were starved for female company. While making the necessary readjustments to the war's end, major cities such as New York, Chicago, Cleveland, and Los Angeles, were plagued by regionalized mob rule.

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    • Ted Bundy

    • The Life and Crimes of One of America's Most Notorious Serial Killers
    • By: Charles River Editors, Zed Simpson
    • Narrated by: Mark Norman
    • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
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    For most people, Ted Bundy is the quintessential serial killer - a good-looking, highly intelligent man who used his charm to lure an untold number of women to their deaths. In fact, as the judge announced his death sentence, he noted Bundy's intellect and mused that he would have enjoyed hearing Bundy try a case before him had he remained simply the genius law student he had once been.

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    • Jack the Ripper

    • The Unsolved Mystery of History's Most Notorious Serial Killer
    • By: Charles River Editors, Zed Simpson
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      2.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      3 out of 5 stars 2

    There have been a countless number of serial killers throughout history, and certainly more prolific ones, but the timing, circumstances, and unsolved nature of the case continue to make Jack the Ripper the most famous serial killer in history. The murders came at a time when media coverage could be both more acute and more widespread, and it allowed the public a closer look into how police agencies operated at the time, exposing both their strengths and shortcomings.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Couldn't Listen

    • By Sooo many books... on 05-09-17

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    • Identifying Jack the Ripper

    • The History of the Main Suspects Accused of Being the Notorious Serial Killer
    • By: Charles River Editors, Zed Simpson
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When one hears the term "Victorian," many images come to mind. For some, the term conjures up visions of lace and gloves and delicate fans. Others think of tight corsets and even tighter morals. Others, swayed perhaps by one too many British costume dramas, envision gentle elegance and long lost beauty. Naturally, few people think of multiple dead bodies cast about in the streets or dark bedrooms, most mutilated to a shocking degree.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Jack the Ripper and the Whitechapel Murders

    • The Crimes and Victims Attributed to History's Most Notorious Serial Killer
    • By: Zed Simpson, Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
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    As is so often the case with a serial killer, the first murder was largely ignored. She was a "fallen woman", a prostitute barely worthy of police notice. But then there was another victim, killed and butchered while plying her illicit trade. The police took notice and, by the time the third body was found, also mutilated and filleted like a fish, the public took notice too. An outcry began to swell from the good people of the city.

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