Erased

  • by Marilee Strong
  • Narrated by Deb Thomas
  • 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Based on five years of investigative reporting and research into forensic psychology and criminology, Erased presents an original profile of a widespread and previously unrecognized type of murder: not a hot-blooded, spur-of-the-moment crime of passion, as domestic homicide is commonly viewed, but a cold-blooded, carefully planned, and methodically executed form of erasure. These crimes are often committed by men with no criminal record or history of violence whatsoever, men leading functional and often successful lives until the moment they kill the women, and sometimes children, they claimed to love. A surprising number go on to kill a second or even third wife or girlfriend, often in exactly the same way.
In more than 50 chilling case studies, Marilee Strong examines the strange and complex psychology that drives these killers, from the murder a century ago that inspired the novel An American Tragedy to Scott Peterson, Mark Hacking, Jeffrey MacDonald, Ira Einhorn, Charles Stuart, Robert Durst, Michael White, Barton Corbin, and many others. Erased also looks at how these men manipulate the legal system and exploit loopholes in missing persons procedures and death investigation, exposing how easy it can be to get away with murder.

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What the Critics Say

"With its blend of novelistic journalism and concise psychiatric research, Strong's exposé will appeal to more than just true crime fans." (Publishers Weekly)

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A Fascinating Barrage of Painful Truth

This was one of the most riveting, informative and -- I'm almost afraid to say this, because a book on this subject should be somber and difficult -- ENTERTAINING audiobooks I've read this year. Of course, she treats the subject with all the seriousness it deserves, but she also invests it with a life that true crime writing often misses in it's cold recitation of fact after fact, detail after detail. But it's almost impossible to turn away from the parade of sad, complex and truly unbelievable stories the author relates about these "Eraser Killers." But even though almost every case she describes has the same basic plot elements and character types (sociopath kills trusting lover and elaborately disposes of body), the author reveals a compelling throughline in the stories and manages to find the genuine heart and soul of each person involved. Case in point: I'm guessing you, like me, thought you had heard everything you wanted to know about Scott and Lacey Peterson. But Marilee Strong does an amazing job relating the small, human details we've never heard about, and suddenly you're reading about real flesh and blood people who you find yourself actually invested in. Not necessarily LIKING, but invested in. The narrator plays a big part in the success of this audiobook; she is one of those rare narrators that is so good for the material, so evocative in their reading that they almost completely disappear. And that may be the highest compliment I can pay a narrator. I really enjoyed this book, and if you have even a minor interest in true crime, human tragedy, or great non-fiction writing, I suspect you will enjoy it too.
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- Dave

repetative, contradictory and poorly written

Wow, I am surprised at the good reviews. The poor writing of this book was awful. It repetitive and contradictory at the same time. Nearly every sentence had three or more descriptors that mean the same thing like "deceptions, lies, falsehoods". Or "eerily, hauntingly, mistifyingly". It drove me crazy. The contradictions were confusing. I was constantly rewinding to see if I'd miss heard. For example, she says that "eraser" killers are not psychopaths and then goes on to describe how they are. She says at one point that psychopaths have no emotional reactions, but then tells how one killer throws up upon hearing his mistress in an interview. Sounds like an emotional reaction to me. The term "eraser" is used to describe a type of killer who are methodical planners, like studying forensics, and then kill cleanly and dispose of the body, effectively "erasing" the victim. But she identifies killers who shot their victims and stage it as a robbery or suicide as "erasers" but they don't really fit the definition she gave. The author also states her own judgments and conclusions as fact. Such as saying these men are motivated by a blank desire to be rid of an outdated possession when they kill their wives, but there is no evidence given or any killer interviews. The writing meanders badly as well. There are whole paragraphs describing psychopaths, then a few words about something different, but then more paragraphs reiterating what she'd already said about psychopaths with no tie in! She also claims to know things known only to the killer such as when one bought cigarettes that it was his "reward". It looked to me like she was jumping to conclusions and making her own biased judgments. I paid 8.95 for this book and am kicking myself. The author said she had worked in journalism, but I saw absolutely no evidence of any experience or skill in writing. Disappointing.
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- Laura

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-30-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios