Murder in the Family

  • by Burl Barer
  • Narrated by James Edward Thomas
  • 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On March 15th, 1987 police in Anchorage, Alaska arrived at a horrific scene of carnage. In a modest downtown apartment, they found Nancy Newman's brutally beaten corpse sprawled across her bed. In other rooms were the bodies of her eight-year-old daughter, Melissa, and her three-year-old, Angie, whose throat was slit from ear to ear. Both Nancy and Melissa had been sexually assaulted.
After an intense investigation, the police narrowed the principal suspect down to 23-year-old Kirby Anthoney, a troubled drifter who had turned to his uncle, Nancy's husband John, for help and a place to stay. Little did John know that the nephew he took in was a murderous sociopath capable of slaughtering his beloved family.
This true story, shocking and tragic, stunned Anchorage's residents and motivated the Major Crimes Unit of the Anchorage Police Department to do everything right in their investigation. Feeling the heat as the police built their case, Kirby bolted for the Canadian border. But the cops were on to him. First they hunted him down; then the cops and a tenacious prosecutor began their long, bitter battle to convict him against an equally tough defense lawyer, as well as the egomaniacal defendant himself. This shocking tale reached its climax in a controversial trial where for the first time an FBI profiler was allowed to testify and the controversial, pre-DNA science of allotyping was presented to a jury. But justice would not be served until after the psychopathic Kirby Anthoney took the stand in his own defense - and showed the world the monster he truly was.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Narration very good

I could picture everyone individually with this narrator. One of the best I've heard. Really good story but the crime was so horrific I think way way more back story was needed on the perpetrator and his relationship with the victims. The victims only ever are portrayed as just that. You know them dead and that's it. So good story but I wasn't really invested and this crime should shake a person to their core and I just kept hearing the writer say how bad it was. Still good and would definitely recommend.
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- Vashti A. Thomas

Great story! Will choose this author again.

What did you love best about Murder in the Family?

I loved the backstory and the character development.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

I enjoyed the scientific evidence and its descriptions.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The pace was good. The narrator had a strange, lilting cadence where he emphasized words in a sentence that should not have been emphasized.

Any additional comments?

This book was long which made it worth the price. I loved the court room scenes and I felt like it was a story that deserved to be written about.

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- Lori D. Reim

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-22-2016
  • Publisher: ListenUp Audiobooks