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Summary

In 1949, things like this just didn’t happen: A quiet New Jersey resident took a morning walk with a 9 mm Luger pistol. In twelve minutes he murdered thirteen neighbors...and then went back to bed.

Howard Unruh went from obscurity to infamy overnight. Even after his obsessive diaries were discovered - a catalogue of simmering rage, petty grievances, and sexual repression - the anomalous crime seemed incomprehensible. Succeeding decades would confirm that Unruh’s “Walk of Death” was just the beginning. The prototype for the modern mass murderer, he would usher in a new age of violence in America.

Rampage 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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  • David S.
  • 24-07-18

Good story, but leave politics out of it.

Overall a good story. However, author mentions Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandyhook, etc. and blames mass shootings on "Americas ease of obtaining firearms." Author doesn't mention what New Jersey's gun laws were in the late 40's. Maybe this tragedy could have been minimized if civilians were permitted to carry. Either way, author should have left his personal politics out of the story...just my opinion though

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  • Jordan
  • 04-12-19

Terrifying

These are all so well written and absolutely captivating to hear. The stories are horrifying while at the same time super gripping. Great listen.

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  • Theresa Horton
  • 29-08-18

Very good

While the story was good it was a very tragic and to realistic I got this audiobook from audio book boom and im glad I was able to get a code and the narrator did a fine job

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  • Laur
  • 23-11-20

Lone Wolf Rampage Killer

It's sometimes hard to rate a book about horrendous subjects that involve true-crime... keeping in mind, my rating is not the subject itself, but on how well told, organised, and thoroughly depicted, the subject content is presented.

This true-crime audio account, "Rampage", bares the resemblance of a milestone in history of which we see more of this type of crime unfortunately in our times .... a "Lone-Wolf Rampage Killer", a single mass murderer, that has an apocalyptic rage, seeking to kill as many as he can, in the shortest time possible. In the USA, think: Stephen Paddock (killed 60), Devin Kelley (killed 25), James Huberty (killed 21), with countless more be injured from their attacks.

This is the story of Howard Unruh, who managed to kill 13 people in 13 minutes (12 immediately + 1 died a short time later). His attack was brutal, with no mercy, killing man, woman, girl, a 9 yr old boy, and a 2 yr old toddler that was looking through a window.

"In 1949, things like this just didn’t happen: A quiet New Jersey resident took a morning walk with a 9 mm Luger pistol". It's claimed from that day, things were never the same, and many people were outraged that Unruh, never got what he deserved. First degree murder or mental illness? After his obsessive diaries were discovered with journals of people on his list—he catalogued simmering rage, petty grievances, and sexual repression, all of which lead him to a desire, a thirst, that he MUST RETALIATE.

The succeeding decades would confirm that Unruh’s “Walk of Death” was just the beginning. The prototype for the modern mass murderer, he would usher in a new age of violence in America.

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  • Red
  • 18-10-21

Unknown (to me) tragedy.

A horrible occurrence from the 1940's, delivered with thought provoking detail, about America's "First Mass Murderer".

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  • Lover of Literature
  • 19-08-21

Interesting

Mass murder isn’t a new thing, apparently. The story told here is clear and concise.

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  • Chantal Noordeloos
  • 14-08-21

Interesting but not mind blowing

It’s the story that makes this novelette interesting, because the writing isn’t spectacular. It’s just an account of what happened and nothing more than that. No real effort was put in this book. It’s more like reading a newspaper

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  • Sheldon H.
  • 22-06-21

Crazy Story

Very well narrated. The story wasn’t dragged out and the information before and after the event really added to the story to give a better understanding of the story.

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  • Aaron
  • 19-04-21

Interesting and balanced story telling.

Weber delivers a solid performance. No less than we've come to expect from a talented actor and narrator.

The story is relevant and engaging.

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  • JR
  • 10-04-21

To the point

Narrator and author do an excellent job of recounting the many Angles of this historical tragedy. Gripping and memorable. Well done