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Publisher's Summary

This program includes an introduction read by the author.

Critically acclaimed author and psychoanalyst Mikita Brottman offers literary true crime writing at its best, taking us into the life of a murderer after his conviction - when most stories end but the defendant's life goes on.

On February 21, 1992, 22-year-old Brian Bechtold walked into a police station in Port St. Joe, Florida, and confessed that he’d shot and killed his parents in their family home in Silver Spring, Maryland. He said he’d been possessed by the devil. He was eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia and ruled “not criminally responsible” for the murders on grounds of insanity.

But after the trial, where do the "criminally insane" go? Brottman reveals Brian's inner life leading up to the murder, as well as his complicated afterlife in a maximum security psychiatric hospital, where he is neither imprisoned nor free. During his 27 years at the hospital, Brian has tried to escape and been shot by police, and has witnessed three patient-on-patient murders. He’s experienced the drugging of patients beyond recognition, a sadistic system of rewards and punishments, and the short-lived reign of a crazed psychiatrist-turned-stalker.

In the tradition of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Couple Found Slain is an insider’s account of life in the underworld of forensic psych wards in America and the forgotten lives of those held there, often indefinitely.  

A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Company

©2021 Mikita Brottman (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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I'm sure if you gave the story a chance it would pass however the Narrator was diabolical. Monotone and boring.

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  • 04-08-2021

Good story, annoying narration

The narrator of this story was mostly flat and robotic but I found it obnoxious when she tried to mimic people’s accents. I liked hearing from a patient’s perspective about their time in the Maryland state hospital system.

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  • Megan Cote
  • 14-09-2021

Thank god it’s over!

I did not like this book at all, the narrator was very dry, expressionless, no real subject matter. If I could have given half a star I would’ve.

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  • Andy
  • 12-09-2021

Too one-sided

Interesting subject matter but — it takes a journalistic tone while actually making an argument for why this guy should be released. I am surprised it was published. Would prefer that the author fully acknowledge biases, or else describe things more neutrally.

Gets some of the legal terminology wrong which was annoying for me as a lawyer and would probably also be annoying to the average Law & Order viewer (e.g. confusing direct and cross examination).

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  • Dawn Breden
  • 29-08-2021

Give help to those that need it!

Brian was just a man who endured a horrible childhood and then an even more horrific rehabilitation or at least that's what they call it.

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  • Voltaire
  • 07-08-2021

Mikita Fan -This Book Not So Much

Loved Brottman’s work An Unexplained Death although I did not share her ultimate analysis.
This piece would have been better served had she narrated it herself, from her POV similarly as ultimately it is her clinical investigative curiosity that is driving her in the first place.

The narration was abysmal, and because I don’t like to be unkind, I just kept thinking the artist was trying to imitate Brottman, failing miserably. I’m not sure how anyone can narrate with such an obvious disinterest.
Hit the actual Library and loan it for this one.

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