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One night in July 1991, two policemen saw a man running handcuffed from the apartment of Jeffrey Dahmer. Investigating, they made a gruesome discovery: three human skulls in Dahmer’s refrigerator and the body parts of at least 11 more people scattered throughout the apartment. Shortly after, Milwaukee Journal reporter Anne E. Schwartz received a tip that would change her life.

This book spans the entire Dahmer case; Schwartz, who broke the story, details it all: the dramatic scene in Dahmer’s apartment and the shocking story that unfolded; how forensics and old-fashioned police work identified the victims; the mind of Dahmer - the boy who decapitated a dog and nailed its head on a stake; the personal stories of the victims’ families; the riveting trial; why Dahmer wasn’t stopped sooner; his life sentence and his murder in prison. With exclusive access to the police, detectives, medical examiner, attorneys, psychiatrists, prosecutors, and judges involved, she reveals the complete, inside story of the case and what happened in its wake.

©2021 Anne E. Schwartz (P)2021 Sterling Audio

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I’m so sorry to have to write this. Ann E. Schwartz is a terrible narrator. Her inflection points are either nonexistent or completely absent. I am at chapter 9 and holding out hope that Joana herself will save it. She sounded good in the sample. I just would expect a writer to do better at reading out loud, but I am not a voice actor, neither is she. The story is good so far. Highly detailed. If you are put off by gore then this isn’t for you.

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orders of events and pace

would have enjoyed more if events through life was set in more of a chronological order but details of story were fascinating and was a great listen

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A Little Too Willing to Ignore Obvious Bias

The refusal to acknowledge that Dahmer went unchecked for so long, in no small part because he was a white man, was pretty infuriating.

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A Preponderance of Provincial Politics

Not great, a lot of the author telling you how much cleverer (better, more moral, etc) she is than others, with a way too much detail on conducting local journalism, and provincial politics between journals / news outlets / etc. Booooooooring.

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More about the reporter than the actual case

Not all the time, but there were times when the author seemed more interested in talking about their role than the relevant story.

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Raw and fascinating

It’s very interesting to read, but definitely not easy.

It seemed like Anne tried really hard defending the role of a reporter, which really didn’t fit the title of the book in my opinion.

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Fascinating & Chilling

I have been fascinated by the life and crimes of Jeffrey Dahmer ever since the case broke in 1991, when I was sixteen years old.

This sensitive and non-sensationalist depiction provides a fascinating analysis of the impact Dahmer's crimes had on all those around him, be they family, neighbours, potential victims, the police, the justice system, the media, minority groups and the bereaved.