On March 15th, 1987 police in Anchorage, Alaska arrived at a horrific scene of carnage. In a modest downtown apartment, they found Nancy Newman's brutally beaten corpse sprawled across her bed. In other rooms were the bodies of her eight-year-old daughter, Melissa, and her three-year-old, Angie, whose throat was slit from ear to ear. Both Nancy and Melissa had been sexually assaulted.
After an intense investigation, the police narrowed the principal suspect down to 23-year-old Kirby Anthoney, a troubled drifter who had turned to his uncle, Nancy's husband John, for help and a place to stay. Little did John know that the nephew he took in was a murderous sociopath capable of slaughtering his beloved family.
This true story, shocking and tragic, stunned Anchorage's residents and motivated the Major Crimes Unit of the Anchorage Police Department to do everything right in their investigation. Feeling the heat as the police built their case, Kirby bolted for the Canadian border. But the cops were on to him. First they hunted him down; then the cops and a tenacious prosecutor began their long, bitter battle to convict him against an equally tough defense lawyer, as well as the egomaniacal defendant himself. This shocking tale reached its climax in a controversial trial where for the first time an FBI profiler was allowed to testify and the controversial, pre-DNA science of allotyping was presented to a jury. But justice would not be served until after the psychopathic Kirby Anthoney took the stand in his own defense - and showed the world the monster he truly was.
©2000 Burl Barer (P)2016 ListenUp Production, LLC
Such a well written and great. narration of this heinous crime committed on one family. I felt so sad for anyone to have suffered such horrific things from this true psychopath, who has no remorse or conscience, he is truly an evil person who thank goodness will not be able to harm anyone else.
"Narration very good"
I could picture everyone individually with this narrator. One of the best I've heard. Really good story but the crime was so horrific I think way way more back story was needed on the perpetrator and his relationship with the victims. The victims only ever are portrayed as just that. You know them dead and that's it. So good story but I wasn't really invested and this crime should shake a person to their core and I just kept hearing the writer say how bad it was. Still good and would definitely recommend.
"Great story! Will choose this author again."
I loved the backstory and the character development.
I enjoyed the scientific evidence and its descriptions.
The pace was good. The narrator had a strange, lilting cadence where he emphasized words in a sentence that should not have been emphasized.
This book was long which made it worth the price. I loved the court room scenes and I felt like it was a story that deserved to be written about.
What a great book this was! Very well written all the way around. Narration was outstanding. Burl should have been a lawyer!
"Chilling True Crime Tale"
I enjoyed all the details about and around the trial. The lawyers went to battle. The way the author presented the information really had me thinking the verdict could have gone either way. The graphic details about the murders was a bit much, and they seemed to have been repeated several times.
The amount of detail and compassion put forth in the research and writing of this book is second to none. I originally discovered this book while listening to the True Murder podcast and just had to purchase the book afterwards. It is simultaneously phenomenal and heartbreaking. If you are a fan of the True Crime genre this is an absolute must read.
"interesting and involved"
some of the trial information dragged and got bogged down. why are many narrators so hard to listen to? anyway, overall, pretty good, very graphic, interesting.
"A Monotonous Read"
Yes and no...yes because this story was a look into the mind of a very sick man. No because it was a long drawn out monotonous read of mostly lawyers arguing in court.
I haven't read another listened to another book quite like this one. Long drawn out unnecessary details and arguing.
Voice was fine
Boring. Very long winded. Though I tried my hardest, I just couldn't finish the book
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