Doc: The Rape of the Town of Lovell

  • by Jack Olsen
  • Narrated by Kevin Pierce
  • 16 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Award winner! With a new introduction by best-selling true-crime author Ron Franscell.
For twenty-five years, the trusted family doctor in a small Wyoming town had been raping and molesting the women and children who most relied on him. Mostly Mormons, the naive victims sometimes realized on their wedding nights the truth about what had happened in Dr. Story's office.
In riveting detail, veteran crime writer Jack Olsen tells the searing story of a small group of courageous women who decided to bring a doctor to justice--and unearthed a legacy of pain and anger that would divide their families, their neighbors, and an entire town.


What the Critics Say

"This masterful book by the author of Son, as much a searching sociological study as a true-crime narrative, tells what happened in Lovell when these happenings came to light: the community lost its bearings and the doctor was convicted of rape." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Terrible events, fascinating story.

I stumbled onto Doc accidentally, not knowing anything about the true crime genre or realizing that Jack Olsen is considered "the dean of true crime authors." I enjoyed it so much that I'm a little worried the whole genre will be ruined for me! I hope I'll be able find more true crime books as good as this one. Needless to say, I'll start with more Jack Olsen.

Kevin Pierce's narration was superb. Given the content of this book, I think it was risky to have a male narrator, but Pierce's delivery of the devastating stories and intensely personal testimonies of Lovell's women was consistently sensitive, nuanced, respectful. Pierce narrated several other Olsen books, so I'll listen to those next.

A couple tips for listening to this book:
- Listen on 1.25x speed if it feels slow.
- There are A LOT of people and families to keep straight. If you want to stay on top of the details, consider how you'll track them before you start listening. Every time a new person was introduced, I saved a bookmark with their name and a quick description. These notes were helpful when I needed to remind myself who someone was, who their relatives were, how they knew Dr. Story, etc.
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- Mindy

Beyond Maddening

Would you consider the audio edition of Doc: The Rape of the Town of Lovell to be better than the print version?

I did not read the printed version

What was most disappointing about Jack Olsen’s story?

Disappointing is not the word. I wasn't disappointed. The writing is fine ... a tad slow at times but overall fine. The narrator is excellent. I've heard him on several audio books and he never disappoints. The story itself, (which just is what it is) is absolutely horrific and maddening. Just plain maddening.

Which scene was your favorite?

There's no favorite with a story like this one. But what stands out in particular is that every victim save one, went back over and over and over and over and oh my god why didn't they STOP when they knew something was amiss?????

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Religion makes some women mind numbingly submissive to the point that it's time to dismantle the entire male dominated structure. YES .... that's a long tagline but gosh. I mean, really!

Any additional comments?

Going into it, the reader knows that the subject matter isn't going to be easy to take. The brief description of the book tells you to be prepared to be disturbed. So I was. But I wasn't exactly prepared to end up so very angry angry angry at the doctor/pervert AND at the victims AND at Mormonism in general. With each chapter I felt more and more as if these poor victims would NOT have tolerated this pervert doctor AT ALL had they not been so entrenched in a male dominated / female subjugated group like the Mormons. They appeared to be clearly trained by their religion to lay down and take it (whatever the IT may be). These women never lost their voice because they never had it to begin with. They were never allowed their voice. And if that's how 'heavenly father' wants women to be, then count me out. It's an abusive, unfair, unkind, and UNWISE way to live life IMO. This is the only rationale I can come up with for why these women went back to this sicko over and over (X100) when they knew something was so terribly wrong. I understand the concept of being naive early in the ob/gyn game as a patient. Been there/done that. But this went on for YEARS as in DECADES for some women. And frankly, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that going to the doctor for an ear infection or for strep throat does NOT require a pelvic exam. Just maddening. Drop kick this guy into prison, wake these women up from their cult induced stupor and get as far from religion as you can.

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- Tracy "Matching socks is for newbs."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-20-2015
  • Publisher: Jack Olsen Literary Works, LLC