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Summary

Over 13 months in 1976­-1977, four children were abducted in the Detroit suburbs, each of them held for days before their still-warm bodies were dumped in the snow near public roadsides. The Oakland County Child Murders spawned panic across southeast Michigan, triggering the most extensive manhunt in US history. Yet after less than two years, the task force created to find the killer was shut down without naming a suspect. 

The case “went cold” for more than 30 years, until a chance discovery by one victim’s family pointed to the son of a wealthy General Motors executive: Christopher Brian Busch, a convicted pedophile, was freed weeks before the fourth child disappeared. 

Veteran Detroit News reporter Marney Rich Keenan takes the listener inside the investigation of the still-unsolved murders - seen through the eyes of the lead detective in the case and the family who cracked it open - revealing evidence of a decades-long cover-up of malfeasance and obstruction that denied justice for the victims.

©2020 Marney Rich Keenan (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Very well researched.

Unlike many true crime books which simply skim through the details,this book goes into the crime in depth. It’s so refreshing to see this kind of approach. Very well researched and presented.

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  • JT
  • 10-09-20

Fantastic, gripping review of this terrible case.

I've been waiting for a book like this on this awful case for years. This I can honestly say is it. HIGHLY recommended.

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Superb.

To start, narration was absolutely perfect. Well paced and pronounced throughout. I haven't read a case study like this in a long time. The authors knowledge of the case is underpinned by the breadth of the timeline - nearly 40 years of investigative rigour by various parties succinctly explained in just under 12 hours. A terrifyingly tragic and engrossing story; I feel the many twists and turns means I'll be listening to this book from start to finish again very soon.

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Not Interested & Bought By Accident

Very graphic all about sick individuals. Not for me at all . Bought by accident & just awful . Felt sick ..

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Chilling!

I read a lot of true crime, but this one left chis throughout my body. The coverups from the very thought left me incensed. This shoulx be looked at again, to find out who needs booking, even if its ppostumously.

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Excellent

very detailed and comprehensive book about a very disturbing crime. Highly recommended if you like this subject..

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Very disturbing

An extremely thorough account of the case. I listen to a lot of true crime and I’m not easily offended. But I did struggle with the somewhat overly detailed accounts of child sex abuse. I don’t feel the story needed it. Could be watered down in my opinion.
The narrator was ok, a bit dull in parts. Much better in others.
Shocking and extremely sad.

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A must read!

I know people say 'must read' far too often, but I feel so fortunate to have found this book and hope others find it too. Without this book, I wouldn't know anything about this case and the allegations of mass cover-up! It was enthralling and the VA's delivery was great. Ordinarily, I don't enjoy female VAs, but Carrington MacDuffie has a voice that really expresses the gravity of the content she is delivering. Fantastic book

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  • 11-10-20

A very well written book that shows great compassion for the families

I was born around the time these murders took place. I remember my family talking about it in the early 80’s and my dad explaining why he would not let me ride my bike into town alone and how awful things can happen as we lived near the area these things happened.

This book sadly reveals how Lady Justice in not blind as we have been told and there are two different tiers of the justice system — one is in place to protect those in high positions.

As hard as this was to hear, the book was laid out and told so well, Witt great compassion for the victims families.

There really is no such thing as closure but I think this book tells the truth about who did it. May God give grace and peace to families.

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  • Ed Jones
  • 18-09-20

Laborious

This book offers a seemingly endless recitation of the manner in which children were sexually violated. I gave up halfway through after becoming weary of slogging through an over abundance of details that never moved the story forward.

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  • Nicole
  • 29-01-21

Riveting and Heartwrenching Story

Disclosure: I was 14 when this nightmare was happening and living a stones throw from Oakland County. It was a very frightening time to be a kid - it was my first time knowing that evil existed and it could be around any corner. I was too young to know all the details, or even understand them had I known them, so this book filled in many many gaps in my knowledge.

Narration: It was good, it took a little getting used to at first but after a chapter or two the narration was not a thing - the story took over everything. Yes the narrator mispronounces several cities - one frequently - but as I said after a couple chapters you just move on to concentrating on the story.

Story: Wow! What a gripping whodunit told from a reporters point of view. I enjoyed all the angles,politics, and especially the backgrounds of the victims and the numerous suspects. What I didn't particularly care for was the way the "story" was laid out to the reader/listener. Wish she had laid out first the victims and the crimes in minute detail - then each suspect and how each of them tie back into one or more of the crime details and then hit with a conclusion. That would have been a lot easier to follow. That said, there were so many tangents as you follow the investigation (which was kinda cool actually cause you felt like a detective with the frustration of a detective) but there were so many things that seemed liked good witness accounts/leads that just never was sewn up by the author - I have so many more questions now that I have the details. It's going to drive me crazy. This story was all engrossing and I do recommend it as a very good account of the murder and the times.
Nothing is perfect and this is no exception, like I said I didn't like how the author introduced intriguing things and then just left it hanging. But, I did like the personal detail of those involved - from the victims to the survivors, to the investigators and their bosses - it was just enough without bogging down the story.

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  • Roseann
  • 17-08-21

So many players to keep track of

Now I know this is a true crime story, but it’s insane how many people are talked about in this book. It was hard for me to keep track of who everybody was. It was a good story kind of long for me but I did finish it. If you like true crime stories you’ll like this one.

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  • appreciative reader
  • 27-08-21

Muddled Mess

This book has no narrative timeline. It jumps from year to year and character to character, confusing at best. The events of the murders deserve a better storyteller. Details were plenty but they were jumbled one after another.

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  • K-Mac
  • 13-08-21

Yikes

Narrator mispronunciations we're rampant esp with words like "macabre" an "Livonia". Maybe look things up before reading? Very grating. Awards for audiobook reading or not, Yeesh.

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  • Miked9746
  • 06-10-20

Good book... hard to follow, though.

The book was good. Besides the cringe worthy mispronunciations, the narrator was awesome. The book is PACKED with characters, so it was a little difficult to keep up with who was who, but I would recommend it, none the less.

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  • 22-11-21

A sad tale of murder without justice

Good reading speed (1.25x) of a depressingly long, often sordid, unending nightmare for the families and those in law enforcement who actually want these cases solved. A David and Goliath story of good not yet winning out, but the giant can't get all their dirty secrets and will lose in the end.

The emotional strength and depth of resilience the families possess is awe inspiring, and the best take away is that in the end love is what matters most. It also leaves the deepest of holes at its loss, but the greatest of memories at having had it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-11-21

I’m left a confused

There were so many twists and side stories I began to get confused on who was what and how they got there. It’s such a horrible story of a failed system because of big egos and serious ineptitude.

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  • 06-11-21

Voice actor is different and story gruesome

It took a while for me to deal with the voice actor. The writer goes into details that could have been written in a way that wasn't so graphic. The author tends to repeat things so often that at times I thought she had written the same thing twice in different places in the book.