In the following true crime anthology, you will listen to 12 true crime stories that have baffled investigators and captured the imagination of the public for years. Among some of the more shocking stories is a trio of mass murder cases from around the world. You will be intrigued to hear how Ronald DeFeo Junior mercilessly gunned down six members of his family in cold blood and how two other cases of mass murder that although not well-known in the United States, shocked the small countries where they took place. You will also follow the criminal investigations of some high-profile cases, such as that of best-selling author Michael Peterson, and see how they were resolved.
Some of the true crime murder cases profiled in this volume can only be described as bizarre. You will be introduced to Elifasi Msomi, a failed Zulu witch doctor who became a notorious serial killer, notorious for keeping some of his victims' blood for various rituals. You will also hear about two potential curses that sent many of the people involved with their respective cases to early graves. Finally, the strange case of Robert Dirscherl is profiled. The authorities initially ruled Dirscherl's death a suicide, but after several decades it now appears that the death may be a case of true murder and not suicide.
If you are interested in learning more about man's dark side, then start listening to this book. But be warned, some of the murder stories you will hear about will be shocking and disturbing. Despite being disturbed by many of these cases, you will also find this volume extremely intriguing and exciting!
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Scarier than any scary movie...
As I haven't read the print version it's difficult to say, but I like this audio edition a lot.
Well,I can't compare it to an English book as I haven't read or listened to any of that type in English before, but I can compare it to a Polish book I read a few years ago (entitled "Pitawal warszawski", which roughly translates to "Warsaw True Crimes" :)), which related a set of true crimes that were commited in Poland's capital city of Warsaw (or the area nearby) in the 1920s and 1930s. Both books have the same structure and feel to them: they state facts and present opinions of people involved in the investigations, and sometimes their authors comment on the crimes themselves and the consequences and input of those crime on the society... Both are interesting and kind of scary in showing the cruelty and the beastly side of the human nature...
I think the fact that I heard the stories, not just read them, made them more real to me and much much scarier... Generally, when I read a book, I subconsciously put what I read about in the "fiction" box in my mind, even if I know I'm reading about real-life events. Somehow they don't feel real because they are in the form of a book and books equal fiction... But when I hear a story narrated to me by someone it always rings truer, it's real, it evokes a much more emotional reaction from me... I can't explain it better...
Mr Jenkins' narration added to that feeling of reality for me... He was factual, not emotional, in the way he read the stories, which allowed me, the listener, to concentrate entirely on the facts related and not on his voice/interpretation. I liked that a lot. The pace was also good, not too fast but not too slow, either. Generally, I liked that interpretation of the book a lot.
Yes, ‘The Torture and Murder of Sylvia Likens’ was the one story that I found particularly disturbing. I don't understand people who intentionally inflict pain and harm on others but to do that to a child is unthinkable for me... It goes against all my instincts, that's why Sylvia's story is the one that I find the most horrible in this volume...
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
- Lidia Chymkowska
These types of rapid nonfiction books are the best! They include FASCINATING stories, interesting facts and details that I had never heard before and personal correspondences from either the murderer and/or victims.
I love how precise the author is, but at the same time includes details that are truly interesting for the reader. I have read/listened another volume and it was just as great!