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Publisher's Summary

The terrifying story of the most monstrous serial killers through history.

Serial killers are the most notorious and disturbing of all criminals, representing the very darkest side of humanity. Yet they endlessly fascinate and continue to capture the public's attention with their strange charisma and deadly deeds. From Jack the Ripper to Ted Bundy and the Moors Murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, these killers transfix us with their ability to commit utterly savage acts of cruelty and depravity.

Only with modern police detection methods and psychological profiling have these figures that have existed throughout human history finally been identified in the deadliest category: serial killers. These methods, the killers' characters and their crimes are described here in fascinating and terrifyingly gripping detail. The whole history of serial killers is brought to life in 50 chapters, including:

  • Herman Webster Mudgett
  • Devil in the White City
  • John Christie
  • The 10 Rillington Place Murders
  • The Zodiac Killer
  • Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, the Moors Murderers
  • Ted Bundy
  • Fred and Rosemary West
  • Jeffrey Dahmer
  • Aileen Wuornos
  • Harold Shipman, Dr Death

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Don’t waste your money

Many facts within the first couple of chapters were incorrect, the author should have done a bit more fact checking before he discussed someone the topics the book was released

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  • Todd Molony
  • 16-01-2019

found it boring with the just facts writing style

just facts and dates, seems more important to cover all of them but with little detail for most, never thought id be bored in this area.. disappointing.. cannot finish it

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  • Krista
  • 08-10-2019

Disappointed listener

I love true crime, but I prefer information on the insides of the minds of the criminal. This publication was merely a recount of past events, giving unnecessary details on the dates the victims were found, but not for example how the crime occurred or why the perpetrators did what they did.
Don't get me wrong, at least now I've got additional names of the criminals that I want to know more about, so not all that bad. Found the narration very flat. Understand this isn't fiction or drama, but really appreciate at least a little pause between the chapters, as you can easily lose track of you're also paying attention to what's going on on the road (I predominantly listen while driving).

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  • Katie
  • 08-01-2018

everything you've read already but in one place

pacey narration but without much feeling or sensation despite the story. overall nothing new or revelatory but still very interesting and a good reminder of the darker side to humanity

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  • "julietdawn"
  • 30-12-2017

ok but nothing new learned

my interest in true crime stems from psychological or social perspectives. this is ok but it just gives lots of facts, more like a general guide. it is read quite well, but I struggled to engage

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  • Rachel
  • 30-11-2019

superficial

the book has very short chapters. It lacks depth and detail on cases. a bit disappointing.

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  • Mordecai
  • 22-06-2020

A basic rundown of the most famous serial killers

No insight into the psychological makeup of the perpetrators here. Just a run through of the crimes; dates and gruesome descriptions. The narrator draws out every word in an excruciatingly slow cadence that putting the playback speed to 2x makes it just about bearable. Each chapter ends with a summary that often falls off a cliff and leads straight into the next chapter with no pause. Overall an accurate but tediously boring book.

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  • Steph H
  • 03-08-2021

What is point?

So I have no idea what the point of this book is. It is literally just a list of serial killers with the details of the murders they committed and an incredibly brief history of the killer in question. There is no context, no examination of the evolution of either individuals or the phenomenon of serial killers. Just pointless.

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  • PaulC6230
  • 28-04-2021

Another Decent Selection

This is a decent selection of serial killers most I’ve never heard of. It had just enough information for the listener not to be bored.

The narration was spot on for this type of audiobook.

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  • 24-04-2021

Good story

Good story but lost count on how many times however was repeated which spoilt story a bit

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  • Adrian Chan-Wyles Ph.D
  • 27-03-2021

Good Selection of Cases of Human Depravity

The author conveys over 30 examples of the worst behaviour humans are able to commit against one another (and animals). He even admits that by far the greater number of such crimes happen in the US. Because of this, the US concocted the Cold War lie that just as much crime happened in the Socialist USSR as it did in the capitalist West - and the reason it was unknown in the West was because the Soviet government suppressed all reporting about it. Unfortunately, this author parrots this lie as if it were true. The fact is the crime rate was very low in the USSR and it is interesting to observe just how many Western authors are prone to live in denial of this fact. Ironically, perpetuating the crime of 'fake news' whilst purporting to be reporting on the subject of 'crime'!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-12-2020

disorganised. jumps around too much

I found this books really annoying. On many of the stories, the reader jumps around in timelines. some of the stories have pointless pieces of information. some are too short and tell hardly any facts.The title is also a but misleading as a few if the people aren't even serial killers as they've been convicted of under 3 murders.

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