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For twenty-five years, the trusted family doctor in a small Wyoming town had been raping and molesting the women and children who most relied on him. Mostly Mormons, the naive victims sometimes realized on their wedding nights the truth about what had happened in Dr. Story's office.
In riveting detail, veteran crime writer Jack Olsen tells the searing story of a small group of courageous women who decided to bring a doctor to justice--and unearthed a legacy of pain and anger that would divide their families, their neighbors, and an entire town.
©2014 Jack Olsen (P)2015 Evan Olsen, Su Olsen
"This masterful book by the author of Son, as much a searching sociological study as a true-crime narrative, tells what happened in Lovell when these happenings came to light: the community lost its bearings and the doctor was convicted of rape." (Publishers Weekly)
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"Terrible events, fascinating story."
I stumbled onto Doc accidentally, not knowing anything about the true crime genre or realizing that Jack Olsen is considered "the dean of true crime authors." I enjoyed it so much that I'm a little worried the whole genre will be ruined for me! I hope I'll be able find more true crime books as good as this one. Needless to say, I'll start with more Jack Olsen.
Kevin Pierce's narration was superb. Given the content of this book, I think it was risky to have a male narrator, but Pierce's delivery of the devastating stories and intensely personal testimonies of Lovell's women was consistently sensitive, nuanced, respectful. Pierce narrated several other Olsen books, so I'll listen to those next.
A couple tips for listening to this book:
- Listen on 1.25x speed if it feels slow.
- There are A LOT of people and families to keep straight. If you want to stay on top of the details, consider how you'll track them before you start listening. Every time a new person was introduced, I saved a bookmark with their name and a quick description. These notes were helpful when I needed to remind myself who someone was, who their relatives were, how they knew Dr. Story, etc.
"could not switch this off"
This is one of the most gripping books I have read, as well as one of the most disturbing. A first response might be 'how could that happen?' but it soon becomes apparent that it could and did. But, more than the crimes, this book exposes the best and the worst of religious faith, and the devastation wreaked by bigotry, rumour, blinkered vision and, in some cases, hatred. The book is beautifully written, perfectly constructed, and competently read (as always) by Kevin Pierce. A book which is hard to switch off, and hard to stop pondering.
I found it a very interesting book but would hesitate to recommend it - not the sort of book I would want people to think I seek out. I just bought it because it was on a sale and it sounded so bizarre I wanted to find out how such a thing could happen - the crimes of that doctor are so vast and sordid.
I've only read a few True Crime books but I would say this one compares rather well. The research seems meticulous and the people involved are well developed.
When the women first realized what's been happening to them - it's hard to imagine they could be that naive over the years but there is enough background development that it becomes credible.
The one it has pretty much says it all.
Prepare to be appalled if you read this book. Once you start it's hard to put it down.
"Betrayal of the town Dr. or should I say JOHN"
True crime written/read at it best. Jack Olsen gives you the story in truth not fiction. I can imagine in all honesty how those women could have been violated and not even known it. Growing up in that era and never being told the facts of life, I myself had no clue that I could get pregnant standing up.. But to have it happen over and over and to get a pelvic exam for a sore throat and not question? Why were child molestation charges never brought up against him didn't he give a pelvic to minors? How could his office personell not know that something was going on?
I received this book free for an honest review.
"Just Beginning To Read Jack Olsen..."
and listened to Doc after listening to the twenty one hours of Son: A Psychopath And His Victims nearly nonstop. Olsen does in Doc exactly what he accomplishes in Son: in a terse, tight, Hemingway style, he paints a vivid, living background and then peoples it with living, breathing individuals, good, bad, ugly, letting the story come to life of its own, teasing out each fact, each personality, each vital detail. The stories are purely factual, but they are nothing like police reports; they are even less like tabloid stories. They are crime stories, Capote-style, just as they should be. Doc comes highly recommended from this reader.
"A + for true crime fans"
This is a disturbing look into a true psychopath. Dr. Story’s unbelievable arrogance and brazen rape of these poor women. I could feel the anger rise in me many time throughout the book, the women we treated terribly by all parties. When a book can spur emotions it's a plus.
"Great crime writer"
The story was not as good as the story in Olsen's book Son, but he is one of the better crime writers. He doesn't try to steer the reader or make ridiculous claims from his Monday morning quarterbacking chair. He presents the facts in a thorough manner and let's the reader come to their own conclusion.
The book was definitely a page turner. The story is almost unbelievable. A small town doctor is able to take advantage of very young, very religious, and very inexperienced girls -- lots of them. Bill Cosby has nothing on this guy.
"Well researched story of incredibly arrogant md"
This is such a disturbing story of how an arrogant doctor could prey on the innocence of so many women even when confronted with the facts. Jack Olson really delves into the characters, and we discover the innocence of the LDS women who are somewhat ripe for the scheming of such a devious character.
Yes, I listened to Kevin Pierce narrate "Son", another Jack Olson story of a disturbed and criminal man who preyed on women. He does a nice jib of telling the story without adding drama where there doesn't need to be any, and making the facts sound more factual than sensational.
The most extreme reactions I had was anger and contempt. How could this educated, religiously moral man be so contemptuous of a group of females as to rape them without conscious? He was the father of daughters. He put himself and his family on a pedestal, and he never tried to apologize to the many women he had wronged because he seemed to think they deserved it, after all, he was a good man, a church leader, a valued member of the community.. His wife and daughters could never accept that this rapist was the same man they knew, and he was able to hide it so that some of the women he showed such contempt for actually defended him before the truth all came out. . He was totally in denial through it all, never admitting his role as a rapist. I felt terrible for the women in his life that couldn't accept the facts.
"Flat Out Disturbing."
I've read a fair few true crime books now. I've read about Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, Jonestown, a whole bunch of the real 'big ones'. And I can honestly say I found none of them nearly as disturbing as this book.
The scope of John Story's crimes is just mind-boggling. As I listened to this audiobook I found myself shaking my head, gasping, saying 'Oh my God', reacting in very physical ways to what I was hearing, and this from a book that contains maybe half a dozen curse words. The narrator tells the story in his usual calm voice (this is the third book I've heard him narrate), and the story is still absolutely horrifying.
And the really weird thing is, despite the amount of damage this man did as well as the SUSPECTED damage he did, I found it almost impossible to find anything about him online! Women everywhere should know about men like John Story, and they should learn from the many, many mistakes made by the women in the town of Lovell. Naivety is a dangerous thing. So is silence.
It's among the best of them. Well told, and gripping. The kind of book you don't want to put down. I think given the topic, it makes it to the top tier of my favorites.
While I hate the crimes committed, I loved the way in which it was both told and narrated.
Not wanting to give anything away, I will have to say it was the part where the elderly lady was giving her testimony in the criminal trial. Given her shyness at the start, you can't help but stand up and cheer!
Absolutely! And to be honest, I only put it down once, because I had to sleep. But when I awoke, started listening again.
I am an avid true crime fan. Having said that, this story has to be one of the worst. It angered me that so many reported these crimes, but because the accused was not of their religion, nothing was done.
The women who came forward should hold their heads high. Unfortunately given where they are from, they were treated as though they were the ones who committed the crimes. Regardless, they persevered and in doing so prevented who knows how many other women from their fate. Both the author and the narrator did a wonderful job bring the story to us.
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