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By Jeff & Sabrena on 05-25-18
Needs an epilogue
This case is well organized and thoroughly researched as far as it goes, but it occurred in the seventies, so there's no excuse for the lack of an outcome. Two confessions were made, but there's no mention of charges, convictions, sentences, or anything else beyond these confessions.
Kevin Pierce delivered his customary outstanding performance.
NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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By Kindle Customer on 05-13-18
The Boys Who Met the Man with the Candy
Let's face it: the person we are most interested in gets short shrift in this audiobook. Dean Corll was murdered and took most of his secrets with him. So, despite the title, the focus of this book is on his victims and not the sadistic serial killer himself. The book starts off with mostly mundane biographical vignettes of a few of the victims' last days/hours before their abductions, the parents' emotional reactions and frantic but unsuccessful efforts in tracking down their children, the apathy of the police department in helping victims who were less than honor roll students and from the wrong side of town, and descriptions of those bodies that were found. Jack Olden is a good writer (not the typical cut and paste authors of some true-crime books) and he definitely did his research for this book. Thankfully, he shows restraint in describing the actual torture to the youngsters. He interviewed everyone (alive) and his brother to give the most comprehensive account of this little-known killer. I was hoping the book would have more psychological depth in analyzing the motives behind Corll's atrocities and the power he held over the two teenage accomplices he convinced to join with him in the recruitment, torture and murder of victims. These insights might be forever lost due to his death without an interrogation and psychological evaluation. I especially liked the narrator. He had just enough "gruff" in his voice to give his reading a noirish quality consistent with the severity of this topic. His conversational accents were spot-on. (Many readers of the physical book complained about the difficulty in deciphering the phonetically-spelled dialects; this was not a problem in the audio book.) I was given this free audio book in exchange for an honest review. On a personal note, my grandparents lived in the Heights neighborhood in Houston during this time and my siblings and I would visit every summer. I remember the times we overheard whispered concerns from the adults about an evil man doing bad things to children, but luckily we never got all the details: I might have never left my grandparents' house. Truly frightening!
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