Bizarre, compelling, terrifying, and authentic true crime stories of murder and mayhem. In this audiobook you will find 18 stories about love affairs gone deadly, mass murder, a family slaughter, even a story about a killer who impersonated his victim - chilling crimes that could only be perpetrated by the twisted minds and gruesome obsessions of coldblooded killers, the stuff that horror movies and novels are made of, brought to you from the vault of best-selling true crime author and serial killer expert Gary C. King.
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mix of crime stories
I reviewed a different Gary C. King crime collection in the past, and my review is very similar between that one and this collection, 'Murder Most Foul'.
There are 18 stories in this collection and, like any reader, I enjoyed some stories more than others. In this collection, my favourites were "A Bedroom Clue Nailed the Kinky Killer", "The Sex Crazed Knife Wielder Who Stalked His Boys", "24 Hours of Screaming Hell", "He's Killing Me! He's Cutting My Throat", "Carnage at the University of Iowa", and "Four Blasted in Pistol Blood Bath". I say that these were my favourites, not necessarily because of the nature of the crimes. The crimes in this collection are all horrific and I'm glad that the criminals were caught and punished. The reason why I enjoyed these stories the most is because the author was able to help me understand what happened, in terms of backgrounds of the victims and killers, the motives for the crimes, and the justice that was dealt to the criminals. For some of the crimes in this collection, one of the most obvious questions that I ask myself is, "What kind of person would do this??" or "What was the motive??" or "Was justice served?". Those questions were typically answered in the stories that I liked best. If those questions weren't answered satisfactorily for me, they didn't make it to my list of favourite stories in the collection.
I didn't give this audiobook more stars because I still think that the story titles are cheesy and sensational. I don't listen to the stories because they're sensational, I listen to them because my curious mind wants to understand the circumstances and motives of crimes committed by evil people. Human nature is endlessly fascinating, and how society deals with criminals in their communities is also interesting to me. If you want to hold a well-considered opinion about the death penalty, you need to understand crimes like the ones described in this book and think about what the effective punishment would be for these perpetrators. These stories are less sensational for me, and more thought-provoking about society and human nature.
I'm ambivalent about the narrator. He has the right tone of voice for this type of book, but his pacing is foot-dragging slow. I can't listen to this narrator unless I have the playback speed jacked up to 1.5x or 2x the regular playing speed. When I increase the playback speed, though, he's fine and I have no complaints!
I provided this opinion in exchange for a complimentary copy of the audiobook from the author, narrator, or publisher.
- Christine Newton
must read for lovers of true crime