Luke Karamazov

  • by Conrad Hilberry
  • Narrated by John N. Gully
  • 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Was it because they were subconsciously trying to kill the drunken, violent man that was their father that brothers Luke Karamazov and Tommy Searl from Kalamazoo became serial murderers?
Addressing this and other questions, author Conrad Hilberry presents an unusually vivid and detailed portrait of two contrasting psychological types in this account. In 1964, Luke confessed to a five-week murder spree in which he killed five men. Tommy was convicted of the rape and murder of four women in 1972.
Hilberry investigates the relationship between the brothers, as well as their feelings about their parents, about the prison staff, and about the woman who has been married to each of them. With the drama of fiction, the resulting story is bizarre, somewhat grisly, but always psychologically revealing.

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This killers background story goes WAY beyond your average sibling rivalry! Luke and his brother (who is ALSO a serial killer himself!!) are highly competitive in murder counts, AND in love - with the SAME woman. And thats not all either - they even attempt to kill each other! But hold on, it gets even crazier than that.

Although Lukes crimes are discussed (not in vivid detail), the primary focus here is on his upbringing, and insight as to whats going on inside his psychopathic mind, through actual interviews with him.

Surprisingly, he is fairly well spoken and intelligent - unlike many other killers who babble on and on about unrelated trivial nonsense while being interviewed. For those who are intrigued by what makes killers behave as they do - this will surely satisfy that desire.

I found one part in particular very entertaining - where his intended murder victim also happened to have his pet chimp with him, (initially unbeknownst to Luke), and how he dealt with that guy. Lol. Overall, I liked this book. I could almost envision certain scenarios as they were being described.

Now, although I was "voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the narrator", I will tell you honestly that I DID find this narrators voice *very* pleasant, and well suited for True Crime. John N. Gully has that serious, yet soothing delivery that I really enjoy and generally prefer. I would listen to another one done by him in a heartbeat.

Thank You :-)
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- Polly Poizendem

True Crime At It's Finest

Any additional comments?

It's not often that a true crime story becomes a case study in the psychology of two homicidal brothers, and as a result this one's a doozy. I am personally interested in how the childhood/history of a killer may help to create said killer and this book delves into the lives of two killers who had similar childhoods, making it a particularly interesting read for me. If your brother is a murderer and you're wondering about you, this is a great choice! I would also recommend this story to any true crime or psychology lovers.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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- Tad B.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-19-2016
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks