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Randy Kraft was highly intelligent, politically active, loyal to his friends, committed to his work - and the killer of 67 people - more than any other serial killer known. This book offers a glimpse into the dark mind of a living monster. 

"To open this book is to open a peephole into hell". (Associated Press)

©1991 Dennis McDougal (P)2020 Tantor

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Excellent

I very much enjoyed the story. Although, I must admit it is not the first time I've heard about it. I had read the paper back version some years ago after reading about randy Kraft on wikipedia.

For first time readers, be warned. Randy Kraft is easily one of the most sadistic killers of all time and McDougal does not shy away from the grisly details. This can be a tough read, even for true crime fans.

I always wonder why there was so many serial killers operating in California in 70s and 80s. Discussion for another day perhaps.

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slow and boring.

just boring.
the narrator is bland and monotone.
it goes of on mini stories about other people.

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View into the dark side of a serial killer

Important book, not always easy to follow up. However, necessary to understand that there is the jungle in front of our door with dangerous prediators hunting night and day. Craft's identity management almost perfect. The Narrator maybe not the best choice for this report.

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very good 👍

very well read and put together, quite gruesome at times not for the lighthearted
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-04-20

“The True Story of Randy Kraft.. AND MANY OTHERS”

This was a REALLY good audiobook. BUT I have to say it was more than a little hard to follow at times due to approx. 25%+ of the book dedicated to MANY people other than Randy Kraft. There are entire chapters of this book that have nothing to do with Randy Kraft. The book goes into detail about the numerous other serial killers active at the same time, and while their stories are very interesting in their own right, they could be distracting from the story of Randy Kraft which the book was supposed to be about. I gave the story only “3 Stars”, as I came away from it without a solid understanding of the start to finish narrative of the serial killer Randy Kraft. Overall definitely worth a listen, but be prepared for A LOT of the story— to be other stories.

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  • Susan
  • 25-03-20

Can't Finish Over the Top Grisly

This title should have a warning label.

I've read a lot of true crime but this book is way too gruesome.

I know I can't finish it nor do I wish to. It made me sick.

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  • Cara Caldwell
  • 12-04-20

Fast paced

This story was not one that I was familiar with. It rolled along quickly not leaving time to get comfortable. I listened to it while working on the homestead and was distracted. I am diving in again to try to catch bits and pieces I may have missed - I rarely listen to a book twice! I highly recommend this to anyone interested in true crime, especially readers who are familiar with the So Cal area, Portland, OR, and St. Paul, MN.

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  • William
  • 18-04-20

Exceptional True Crime. Pure evil.

As a long time, occasional true crime reader, I was shocked to not be aware of this individual. His body count and evil doing is truly mind blowing. This book is not for those with weak stomachs!

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  • Linda H.
  • 19-04-20

Excellent

Enjoyed this very much, as much as you can enjoy horriblness. Very detailed in dates, timelines, relationships and yes, crimes as well.
Very well done.

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  • Vern
  • 24-03-20

HARD LISTEN

Very tough to listen to this story. Lots of gruesome details. Overall, I listened to the end so it had to be an attention grabber for me to finish it!

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  • Randi
  • 28-06-20

Excellent, but too long

I think that there are too many long, drawn out details of the victim’s earlier lives and relationships. While it’s important for their stories be told, the book is too long.

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  • Evan
  • 17-06-20

Too many boring details.

I read a lot of true crime, and I kept hoping this would get better as a went, but the vast majority of it is just boring and dry. No attempt is made to really get inside the killer's head, or otherwise provide insights. It's just a very rote and boring description of lots of ancillary characters who are of little interest.

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  • Dana Moscinski
  • 11-06-20

Crime Thriller Fans Must Get This Book

Awesome book. I really enjoyed this book. Cringed a lot while listening to this book. Narrator did an excellent job. Had no idea someone could get away with these kinds of crimes as long as this guy did.

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  • Douglas
  • 22-05-20

One of the best true crime books

A wonderful book. Randy Kraft was one of the worst serial killers in history yet no one ever talks about him this book was phenomenal

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