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"I know that the way the bodies were left, the person who killed those girls had an excellent knowledge of chemistry, knowing that the three things you need are heat, moisture, darkness, and the proper point of acidity to eliminate evidence. All of that was accomplished. It was remarkable." (John Divel, Ocean City Police Department)

The Garden State Parkway Murders: A Cold Case Mystery is the first and only historical account of the unsolved murders of college friends Susan Davis and Elizabeth Perry, who were stabbed to death in the woods alongside the Garden State Parkway near Ocean City, New Jersey, on Memorial Day 1969. The discovery of the wealthy coeds three days after their slayings, as reported by Walter Cronkite on the CBS Evening News, touches off one of the largest manhunts in New Jersey since the Lindbergh baby kidnapping. Over the next 10 years, the New Jersey State Police, Atlantic County (NJ) Prosecutor’s Office, and FBI question thousands of people, tracking leads as far as San Francisco in search of the killer. Among the suspects are infamous serial killers Ted Bundy and Gerald Eugene Stano, who were living within an hour’s drive from the murders at the time they occurred, resided next to one another for a time on Florida’s Death Row, and indirectly confessed to the murders before being executed.

The Garden State Parkway Murders tracks the author’s decade-long obsession with seeking justice for Davis and Perry. Presented with all the information surrounding these brutal murders, including a discussion of recent technological advancements in DNA and FBI serial killer profiling, the listener is asked to consider: Why hasn’t this cold case been solved?

©2020 Christian Barth (P)2020 WildBlue Press

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  • Carla McCombs
  • 23-04-2020

Fantastic Murder Mystery

A spell-binding mystery about the murder of two coeds and the possible connection to Ted Bundy. The narration by Eddie Frierson is riveting - you won’t be able to put it down!

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  • Robert W. Cochran
  • 05-06-2020

Susan Davis was a friend of mine

I was 11 years old when Susan was murdered over that 1969 Memorial Day weekend. I had come back from a camping trip with my family only to see the Davis home (our backyards butted up against each other) lite up most of that following week with police cars filling the street that they lived on. I had know Susan from the time i was six and played with her younger sister Lynn growing up. She was a sweet and beautiful girl who made a lasting impression on a young boy, I kinda had a crush on her. As the case was never solved and people moved on with their lives, I often wondered over the years whatever might have happened that day on the Garden State Parkway. The author's interest in this case seemed to mimic mine. He's written not only a great book but provides an expansive and detailed background of all the individuals and possible scenarios of what might have happened. I learn more about the case than I ever imagined as he guided me through the web of a crime from over 50 years ago that still is fresh in the minds of Ocean City, NJ residents. Highly recommended.

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  • Ian Schunke
  • 19-05-2020

Terrible Narration

I literally couldn't make it past Chapter 1. the narrator sounds like he's reading a teleprompter about an energetic and uplifting story as opposed to the depictions of a murderer's actions. Just annoyingly awful job on his part in my opinion.

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