The most fatal mistake? Trust. It's the foundation of any enduring relationship between friends, lovers, spouses, and families. But when trust is placed in those who are not what they seem, the results can be deadly. Ann Rule, who famously chronicled her own shocking experience of unknowingly befriending a sociopath in The Stranger Beside Me, offers a riveting, all-new collection from her true-crime files, with the lethally shattered bonds of trust at the core of each blood-soaked account. Whether driven to extreme violence by greed or jealousy, passion or rage, these calculating sociopaths targeted those closest to them - unwitting victims whose last disbelieving words could well have been "but I trusted you...."
Headlining this anthology is the case of middle-school counselor Chuck Leonard, found shot to death outside his Washington State home on an icy February morning. A complicated mix of family man and wild man, Chuck played hard and loved many...but who crossed the line by murdering him in cold blood? And why? The revelation is as stunning as the shattering crime itself, powerfully illuminating how those we think we know can ingeniously hide their destructive and homicidal designs. Along with other shattering cases, immaculately detailed and sharply analyzed by America's number-one true-crime writer, this 14th Crime Files volume is essential listening for getting inside the mind of the hidden killers among us.
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more than just a little creepy.
- Melody Russ
Feels like it was written in the 70s
No. Ms. Rule's descriptions feel like they never escaped the 70s. All of her cases seem to hinge on the 'inexpressible barbarity' of the crimes with a complete lack of self-awareness of the fact that none of was shocking in 2014 when this was released. (Terrible crimes, yes, absolutely, but they act as if the audience had never heard of a brutal crime before.) Her character portraits are all filled with discredited psychological terms that also makes this feel very dated. Anybody looking for a psychological insight that are remotely interesting in 2016 should skip this.Many of the tales are pretty boring. There are some very interesting descriptions of investigations, but only in a few cases. Most of them seem to be of the "how could this person be such a heartless killer ???" variety, which strains credulity. Perhaps people really were that sheltered in the 70s when most of these crimes were committed, and the transcripts of what the victims and investigators said at the time make sense, but the matching narratorial tone does not.
Yes, which is part of the problem. It's narrated by someone who sounds like an old woman, and it makes the entire production feel like something designed to titillate a woman in her 60s whose sensibilities never caught up with the new millennium.