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The Boston Strangler

Narrated by: Steven Jay Cohen
Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
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Summary

New York Times Bestseller and Winner of the Edgar Award: The definitive account of a serial killer's rampage - and the manhunt that stopped him.

On June 14, 1962, twenty-five-year-old Juris Slesers arrived at his mother's apartment to drive her to church. But there was no answer at the door. When he pushed his way inside, Juris found Anna Slesers dead on the kitchen floor, the cord of her housecoat knotted tightly around her neck.

Over the next two years, twelve more bodies were discovered in and around Boston: all women, all sexually assaulted, and all strangled. None of the victims exhibited any signs of struggle, nothing was stolen from their homes, and there were no signs of forcible entry. The police could find no discernable motive or clues. Who was this madman? How was he entering women's homes? And what insanity was driving him?

Drawn from hundreds of hours of personal interviews, as well as police, medical, and court documentation, this is a grisly, horrifying, and meticulously researched account of Albert DeSalvo - an American serial killer on par with Jack the Ripper.

©1966 Gerold Frank (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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The Performance is dreadful

Why oh why did I not pick up on the quality of the performance when listening to the sample. Why oh why would anyone employ the narrator to read any audio book? The book is well written but the narrator ruins the whole experience. Does he think he is reading a will or something? I find it hard to get past 30 minutes of listening.

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A good listen

Well worth listening to. Very detailed but at times it may be deemed as going on a bit too much in certain parts, even basic facts being described in intimate detail. The narration of the book gets better as time progresses and is particularly good in the last third of the book when DeSavlo is finally interviewed in relation to the murders. A good book for true crime fans but as I say, it is lengthy, and you have to stick with it in parts

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Informative and interesting

In general, a great informative book. I got confused with some of the 'suspects' at times but all in all a great book

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Terrific.

Great expansive true crime book. Detailed, but interesting. The narration is a bit tame, but you can adjust the speed to spice it up.