• The Michigan Murders

  • The True Story of the Ypsilanti Ripper's Reign of Terror
  • By: Edward Keyes
  • Narrated by: Pete Cross
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-21-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (186 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In 1967, during the time of peace, free love, and hitchhiking, 19-year-old Mary Terese Fleszar was last seen walking home to her apartment in Ypsilanti, Michigan. One month later, her naked body stabbed over 30 times and missing both feet and a forearm was discovered on an abandoned farm. A year later, the body of 20-year-old Joan Schell was found, similarly violated.
Over the next two years, five more bodies of female students were uncovered around the area. In the wake of these murders, southeastern Michigan was terrorized by something it had never experienced before: a serial killer. But after multiple failed investigations, a chance sighting finally led to a suspect: an all-American boy studying elementary education at Eastern Michigan University who wasn't all that he seemed.
©2010 Edward Keyes (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC
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5 out of 5 stars
By Stephanie Lee Sheppard on 07-07-17

Intriguing true crime!

Some stated they did not enjoy the narration but I thought he did a great job. Even knowing the crime this book keeps you locked in! So interesting, I would recommend this for anyone wanting a true crime book or even just a good book in general.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Debra L Cox on 06-14-17

keeps your attention

narrator was great. the story line is woven so well it keeps you eagerly waiting for more. this is told not from the family of the victims view bit is still an awesome book

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3 out of 5 stars
By Moimeme on 08-26-17

Intriguing yet mildly laborious at the end

Strong performance and a story that locks you in. That is, until the trial, when it gets mildly laborious and technical. Too much detail when you want the author to cut to the chase. There it loses its narrative fabric but gets back on track at the very end.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Squeaky Joe on 03-26-18

An enthrallling book

In 1967, a 19-year-old EMU student was last seen walking home to her apartment in Ypsilanti, Michigan. A few weeks later, her violated, naked body was found on an abandoned farm. Over the next few years, six more bodies were discovered, leading the police into a murder investigation that would taunt them with a maddening lack of evidence, suspects or the slightest clue as to who the killer might be.

Though I also have the paperback version, this review is based on the audiobook, which is superbly narrated by Pete Cross. First published in 1976, this is a fascinating account of a series of murders that terrorised Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor in the late sixties. The details of the crimes, particularly relating to the difficulties and frustrations of the police investigation, reveal a well-researched and skilfully told story of how one man almost escaped capture simply because he was exactly what the authorities did not expect – an intelligent, clean-cut all-American guy.

The story held my attention from start to finish and had me rooting for the cops through all their defeats and dead-ends. My only grumble in terms of the writing, is that the author chose to change the names of not only the victims and their families, but those of several witnesses and even the person responsible for the killings. While it may have seemed an understandable courtesy forty years ago, for anyone wishing to do further research now, it’s a bit irritating.

That aside, provided you have a strong stomach (there’s lots of gory detail), this is an enthralling book that’ll appeal to anyone who enjoys true crime.

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