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The Brick Slayer

Narrated by: Steven Weber
Length: 58 mins
Categories: History, American
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Summary

A series of brutal home invasions terrified Los Angeles in 1937. They ended in Chicago a year later with the arrest of African American teenager Robert Nixon, igniting racial tensions in an already appallingly divided city.

Tortured in custody and portrayed by the press in the most lurid and flagrantly racist terms, Nixon faced an all-white jury. It would be the fastest conviction in the history of Cook County. Used as inspiration for Richard Wright’s classic social protest novel, Native Son, the case against Nixon is a still-relevant examination of bigotry, suppressed rage, and the making of a murderer.

The Brick Slayer 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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  • T. Stephens
  • 11-08-19

Love Weber

This entire series is great. I love Weber's performance--I found these by searching for him after finishing King's It, and wish he would do more.

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  • Jordan
  • 29-11-19

Hm

Something about this has an unfinished quality to it, but that has more to do with the gravity of the story than the truth to it. It's dark and honest and good.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-10-19

Amazing

This was amazing I loved the ending I loved everything about it the narrator was great oh, the story was great and I really hope to see more of this type of story in the future

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  • The Invisible Girl
  • 03-06-19

Fans of Richard Wright/Native Son must read!

A historically important case, as well as a juicy true crime fix, which I'd never heard of, with very good and important context provided. Admirers of Richard Wright and/or Native Son, may be as grateful as I am for the amazing links...including relevant citations. (NOTE: While very worthwhile and interesting info, it's still a very scanty read. It seems like a poor business ploy to create all these tiny Schecter pieces as separate purchases. They know many admire him and want to read all we can, but, really?)

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  • Michael Richardson
  • 17-12-18

loving these stories

Really good story and performance. Interesting little snapshots of history. I recommend picking up all the books in the bloobland collection.

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  • Cheryl Ann Jones
  • 07-10-18

The Flow of Story

I loved the flow and suspense. Narration was great. I would love more of these type of audiobooks from this author.

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  • Ciarrah_withanh
  • 28-08-18

Black Serial Killer

An important look into the rare African American male serial killer and his motives leading up to, well, snapping.

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  • Willow Star Serenity
  • 07-08-18

Wow

This has to be my favorite of the set so far. I really want to spend hours researching about this case and learning everything I can possibly learn. I believe there is a book specifically about this case that I'd love to get ahold of and learn more about. I do fully recommend this book. I recommend all six books in this little bundle/series. Whatever you want to call it. My schedule is very busy, but I will gladly make time to research these cases!

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  • Joshua Gonzales
  • 06-08-18

A interesting book of history

This series was pretty good. It provide insight on criminal history through the ages. There was stories that I had never heard before.

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  • Sarabi Eventide
  • 02-08-18

Same old story

This book is entertaining but not interesting. It's about a serial murder case in the early 1900s and goes on about racism and police brutalit. The account of the murders and the investigation was fun to listen to but most black people living today sill know and experience discriminatory treatment, we don't need to be told it exists. This books seems meant for a white audience, or whoever claims they thought racism ended after slavery. I don't recommend this to anyone with knowledge of black history.

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