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Summary

Angila was stabbed 44 times.

This was personal.

On a November morning in 2015, Christopher Jackson waited for his fiancée, Angila Wilder, to pick him up from work as she always did. But this time, she didn’t show - and Christopher’s calls went unanswered. The police found what looked like a scene from a horror movie at their home. The backdoor kicked in. A bedroom splattered with blood. And a pregnant young woman violently stabbed to death.

Could Christopher have murdered the woman he claimed to love? Or was the crime done by an intruder Angila had feared for weeks? Angila’s womanizing ex-husband, Richie Wilder, Jr., aimed detectives straight toward Christopher. The evidence, however, pointed squarely at Richie. 

Kindergarten teacher Cynthia Wilder thought her dreams had come true when she married Richie. But while her husband sat behind bars, Cynthia grew lonely. When she shared some disturbing details with a former lover, Cynthia finally revealed the truth behind the sinister plot to kill Angila Wilder. After four years of lies and deceit, the real story would shock a community to its very core....

©2020 C. J. Wynn (P)2020 C. J. Wynn

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Brilliant

Harrowing and heartbreaking story. I often feel guilty reading true crime!. Like the author, it’s usually the psychology of the perpetrators, police procedure/investigation and their dedication to the victim that makes me read true crime.

I can’t believe this is the authors first book and that she is not an investigative journalist! Beautifully written. Sticks to the facts and written with compassion for the victim and her family. I hope this is not your last book.

Narrator was excellent and easy to listen to.

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Exellent

Thank you C.J. Wynn, you have written a great true crime book with interesting twist and turns. Your personal approach and close contact to the persons concerned made it more rivveting. I can't wait for further books. Please keep on doing this. Also the author Katrine Medina was excellent, I hope she keeps on narrating books like this. Overall, I am glad that there is a future in non-fiction crime books in the era of DNA, because it needs more storytelling. Keep up the great work! Thank you

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-01-21

Incredibly shocking and intriguing story

I just wanted to touch on the point of the narrator since others seemed to make it as if she ruined the story. It is not nearly as bad as others have made it out to be and the story is definitely worth the read! It’s very well written, intriguing, and keeps you pulled in wanting to know more throughout the book.

No, she was not the best narrator I’ve ever heard only due to the times she would try to use her “manly” voices for characters at times which was annoying at first. However, just as with many other audible books, once you get used to the narrative style, it’s not really noticeable anymore and you are pulled into the storyline, rather than the narrative aspect.
Also, it was nice that it was used much more in the first couple chapters then in the remainder of the book. So once you get past the beginning it’s much easier. Had it not been for her voice overs or change of voice to betray male characters I do not believe there would’ve been any negative comments regarding her as she has an overall easy to follow, calming, & smooth voice.

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  • leelee8888
  • 24-12-20

Cmon Mr. Wynn, didn’t you get the memo....

It’s worth spending the extra money on a experienced and exceptional narrator, as it will make or break the nook, no matter how brilliantly written. This book was good but would have been great, but I was distracted with the subpar narration. Not horrible but distracting.

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  • Angel M.
  • 14-01-21

Great book

Great writing! Horrible narrator...so many words mispronunced. Is there no audible director or editor?
A disservice to an otherwise excellent book.

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  • SportyM16
  • 25-01-21

You’ll listen twice

Book is NOT full of painful fake accents. Story good. Sometimes it jumps to a part in life that doesn’t make sense at the time but she always seemed to see the loose ends together. This is worth your time and money.

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  • Dnoz
  • 22-01-21

Good story but bad performance

The book was well researched and laid out well. However, the reading of the book was very choppy, pauses where not warranted, emphasis on meaningless phrases and words. It made me have to rephrase things mentally...distracting.

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  • M. Oles
  • 07-04-21

Don't Bother

thus is a compelling story ruined by the worst narration ever. I am sure that the kindle version would be a thousand times better. That, however, is not available to me because of my limited vision. Buy the print version. This new author has promise. The narrator should NEVER be used again until she gets some training.

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  • Jean
  • 13-04-21

Lies and More Lies

I chose to read this audiobook in part because I lived in North Dakota for four years. This may have been a silly reason because I only visited Minot a dozen or so times. Still, I wasn’t too disappointed by the book. Wilder Intentions: Love, Lies, and Murder in North Dakota is C. J. Wynn’s first true crime book. She did a fairly good job of researching and reporting this crime. Maybe she will pick even more interesting crimes in the future.

For me, the most important contribution of this book is not so much the recounting of the murder. It was the vast number of lies that were told before and after the murder that interested me. Also, I was impressed by how implausible some these tales were. I wondered why the military did not explore the validity of the early claims more thoroughly. Perhaps if the early lies had been given more scrutiny, Wilder would not have become so over-confident about being believed.

Wynn emphasized that attention to the victim’s life is essential to the making of a good true crime book. I believe the book did try to portray that. Still, I would have liked a little more about her since so many lies were told about her character.

The narrator, Katrina Medina, does one great male voice, but every male voice was the same. Also,
there were several mispronunciations (or at least what are mispronunciations to my ears), that I found distracting.

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  • Connie Ballantine
  • 28-03-21

Frustrating narration

I spent a significant amount of time thinking about why the narration was so strange while listening to this book. From a timing perspective, it almost sounds computer-generated. The focus is on a pattern that doesn’t always align with the story. The wrong words are often emphasized. Completely distracting.

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  • D.
  • 27-01-21

Pleasantly surprised

For a first release as an Author, C.J. Wynn did a very good job here. All the information is there, and it’s delivered clearly. There isn’t a lot of repetition, as you see with new authors; as they sometimes seem to struggle with wanting to make sure that the reader has a certain point or fact understood, and grasps how important that point or fact is to the storyline or history. I also walk away feeling that I was given an honest, unbiased, and educated telling. Yes, there will always be those, especially in the true crime genre, that will insist that the author’s account is jaded or unfairly one sided - but that is usually due to the person complaining either being a family member of, a close friend to, the perpetrator, or the perpetrator themselves. I don’t feel as if the author went into this with the intention of further vilifying the person or people responsible, nor do I feel as if I’ve been “over sold on the victim” - portraying them as having the moral and selfless aptitude of Mother Theresa. Instead, I know the facts of the case, I have a true sense of “who” each of the people are, and can identify with the victim as a great person - with a human side. Angila Wilder was a good mother, a great daughter/sister/friend, generous, and had a desire to direct her life and career towards helping others via a nursing degree. She made mistakes, but certainly not anything intentionally nefarious, or that that 99.9% of the rest of us have done - and probably a few times throughout our lives. My heart aches for those she left behind, especially a beautiful little boy that won’t be able to celebrate life with. If you love honest, true crime that doesn’t inflame or over dramatize. I believe you’re going to enjoy this.

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  • L
  • 29-04-21

Should have listened to the other reviews....

Punishing to listen to.. I believe the story could have been a good listen, not great but good.. However, the narration is brutal.