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Beyond Cruel

The Chilling True Story of America's Most Sadistic Killer
Narrated by: Eric Jason Martin
Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
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Summary

Authorities opened the door on one man's hidden life...

Mike DeBardeleben was known as the Mall Passer for the way he passed off fake money at local shopping centers. But when US Secret Service agents finally arrested him, they were met with more than just phony bills. They found that their counterfeiter led a shocking double life....

...only to discover a house of horrors.

DeBardeleben's home was littered with drugs, bondage gear, and a collection of audio tapes in which he recorded the abuse of his countless victims. As the evidence mounted, a terrifying profile emerged of a man who forced women to be his accomplices, practiced sadism, even dressed up in women's clothes - a serial killer whose depraved fantasies led to a spree of violence that would last as long as 18 years...and would end in a sentence of almost 400 years in prison. As terrifying as it is true, this is the story of a man who proved to be, beyond the shadow of a doubt, beyond cruel.

©1994 Stephen G. Michaud (P)2020 Tantor

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  • Rachel P.
  • 31-05-20

meh!

Oh my goodness does book was dull! The story just kept repeating itself and had very poor continuity of time line.

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  • MTennyson
  • 26-06-20

Boring as all get out

The story is interesting, but the way it is told is a snore fest. The narrator sounds like a robot and the story jumps around too much for me to have been able to keep interested.

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  • Aisling Marshall
  • 14-08-20

This narrator is TERRIBLE.

I listen to a lot of true crime. A lot. I've never heard of this guy before, so I thought it would be super interesting and new for me. The narrator is SO BAD. Mechanical, boring, lacks complete emotion/emphasis. The book itself could have been good, but the narrator was so bad that the majority of the time I ended up zoning out on the monotone.

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  • Lorin
  • 16-07-20

Dark, but a most interesting glimpse into a sick mans mind.

Overall story was. Compelling and well told. The narrator leaves a lot to be desired. The book is read in clipped diction, and very dry.

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