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Summary

The terrifying story of the most monstrous serial killers through history.

Serial killers are the most notorious and disturbing of all criminals, representing the very darkest side of humanity. Yet they endlessly fascinate and continue to capture the public's attention with their strange charisma and deadly deeds. From Jack the Ripper to Ted Bundy and the Moors Murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, these killers transfix us with their ability to commit utterly savage acts of cruelty and depravity.

Only with modern police detection methods and psychological profiling have these figures that have existed throughout human history finally been identified in the deadliest category: serial killers. These methods, the killers' characters and their crimes are described here in fascinating and terrifyingly gripping detail. The whole history of serial killers is brought to life in 50 chapters, including:

  • Herman Webster Mudgett
  • Devil in the White City
  • John Christie
  • The 10 Rillington Place Murders
  • The Zodiac Killer
  • Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, the Moors Murderers
  • Ted Bundy
  • Fred and Rosemary West
  • Jeffrey Dahmer
  • Aileen Wuornos
  • Harold Shipman, Dr Death.

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I love true crime, but I prefer information on the insides of the minds of the criminal. This publication was merely a recount of past events, giving unnecessary details on the dates the victims were found, but not for example how the crime occurred or why the perpetrators did what they did.
Don't get me wrong, at least now I've got additional names of the criminals that I want to know more about, so not all that bad. Found the narration very flat. Understand this isn't fiction or drama, but really appreciate at least a little pause between the chapters, as you can easily lose track of you're also paying attention to what's going on on the road (I predominantly listen while driving).

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everything you've read already but in one place

pacey narration but without much feeling or sensation despite the story. overall nothing new or revelatory but still very interesting and a good reminder of the darker side to humanity

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ok but nothing new learned

my interest in true crime stems from psychological or social perspectives. this is ok but it just gives lots of facts, more like a general guide. it is read quite well, but I struggled to engage

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superficial

the book has very short chapters. It lacks depth and detail on cases. a bit disappointing.

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A basic rundown of the most famous serial killers

No insight into the psychological makeup of the perpetrators here. Just a run through of the crimes; dates and gruesome descriptions. The narrator draws out every word in an excruciatingly slow cadence that putting the playback speed to 2x makes it just about bearable. Each chapter ends with a summary that often falls off a cliff and leads straight into the next chapter with no pause. Overall an accurate but tediously boring book.

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Informative but dull

Gave a brief summary of a number of murders and their crimes, I don’t know what about it wasn’t engaging, probably good for someone new to the world of true crime as a starting point but lots of stuff in it that people with an interest in these individuals and crimes would have heard before. Found myself drifting out a lot with this.

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Hate it

I hate it but I don’t wanna listen to it anymore lol lol yeah I do not like it

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What is point?

So I have no idea what the point of this book is. It is literally just a list of serial killers with the details of the murders they committed and an incredibly brief history of the killer in question. There is no context, no examination of the evolution of either individuals or the phenomenon of serial killers. Just pointless.

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Another Decent Selection

This is a decent selection of serial killers most I’ve never heard of. It had just enough information for the listener not to be bored.

The narration was spot on for this type of audiobook.

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Good story but lost count on how many times however was repeated which spoilt story a bit

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  • Todd Molony
  • 16-01-19

found it boring with the just facts writing style

just facts and dates, seems more important to cover all of them but with little detail for most, never thought id be bored in this area.. disappointing.. cannot finish it