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Summary

During the Depression, economic anxieties found an outlet in a series of child murders that triggered an irrational nationwide hysteria: pedophiliac psychopaths were overrunning the country.

As America was brought to rage and fury by the press and the FBI, lynch mobs took to the streets, reason gave way to doomsday scenarios, and one father was even driven to murder his three daughters to “save them” from a degenerate crime wave. A terrifying cautionary essay, Panic explores the combustible mix of unfounded fears, moral crusades, and the dangers of collective thinking.

Panic is part of Bloodlands, a chilling collection of short addictive historical narratives from bestselling true-crime master Harold Schechter. Spanning a century in our nation’s murderous past, Schechter resurrects nearly forgotten tales of madmen and thrill-killers that dominated the most sensational headlines of their day.

©2018 Harold Schechter (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Liana
  • 02-12-20

Good

Interesting and insightful. Tells the individual stories couple with the effects on the community and beyond. Great yet understandable analysis and theories. Narrator clear and concise but not harsh

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  • Kat
  • 10-11-20

Very good.

Good listen, detailed and interesting. Narrator very good too. Interesting to hear how these panics occur.

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  • Country Bookworm
  • 30-10-20

It was sad

I thought I was getting a scary book. This was about child molesters. So, I guess it is scary but not what I expected. I gave the story two stars because I don't like stories about children being hurt.

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  • lola
  • 19-10-20

very good

very interesting , reading was good, listen to the end .would recommend to other consumer

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  • Texaspaz
  • 14-10-20

Too sensational

It was like finding a historical copy of the national enquirer. Telling horrible stories of horrible stories. I needed more forensics or background.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-09-20

Good Story but not as exciting

The voice acting is great. Schechter delivers on the cringe side but didn't feel as exciting as a usual bloodlands tale

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  • Jason Goley
  • 13-09-20

Very Interesting Short Piece; Excellent Performanc

Very interesting and well researched piece on moral panic. The only criticism I have is that I think more time could have been spent developing and defining the topic of moral panic. I do understand, however, that the purpose of this "extended article" was to illuminate the topic by way of historical examples during the panic about sex crimes in the late 1930s. The reader's voice and performance was excellent as well.

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  • FMCA
  • 03-10-19

Gruesome knows no bounds

Could not finish the audiobook. The really horrifying thing is that these are historical accounts and that there will always be people with no regard for human (children) life. Still giving full marks, as the way this is put together is well done, I just could not continue listening.

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  • lmauer2
  • 06-09-19

Not as engaging as others in the series

I enjoy this series very much as a whole, but with the litany of other free true crime audiodramas out there they need to be exciting and have the ability to hold my attention, even at the price of free. Don't get me wrong, this is a good story and one that needed to be told and heard, its story simply isn't enough on it's own. the narration is a bit lacking on all of them but for most the story is enticing enough on it's own. This one could have benefited from a little more narrational flair.

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  • Annabele
  • 20-08-19

Great Read/Listening Enjoyment.

Love being able to listen or read this book/audio. Very informative and the narrator carries the story along at an excellent pace. While part of a series, any one of these books/audios can be read/listened to un any particular order as each one is a standalone with a common thread (killers). Note: I read & listened to this Series for Free as part of my Amazon Prime Membership.