• Out of the Mouths of Serial Killers

  • By: Mary Brett
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • 3.8 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Why do serial killers kill?

Out of the Mouths of Serial Killers is as close as you will ever come to discovering the answer...and in the killer’s own words!

In this one-of-a-kind audiobook, author Mary Brett corresponded with some of America’s most evil convicted serial killers and asked just one question: ​Why? Their return letters give an insightful look into the dark mind of each killer. The listener also will be able to scrutinize direct quotes, unedited, from ​interrogation statements, trial testimony, media interviews, and parole hearing inquests.

More than 70 serial killers are included in the audiobook, some only known to the unfortunate victims’ family, friends, and community, while others are the most infamous in the annals of serial killers. All bios feature the crime, the capture, the victims, and background facts.

©2020 Mary Brett (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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Implying that justice can only be reserved for those who are the victims of a violent crime is to ignore the reality of the complexity of life, in that in too many cases it is the perpetrator of violent crimes who are also victims of violent crimes themselves; and that life cannot be drawn into neatly cut sections as we wish. Protect the victims, rehabilitate if possible, imprison when we have to and put to death those we must. We should not be ending a book about serial killers by implying the only way to provide justice to a serial killer is by killing them. There are also some cases where there are mitigating circumstances, such as Ed Gein, Richard Chase, Albert Fish, Herbert Mullen. These men were clinically insane, mentally ill with their brains telling them horrible things that were not there. Not every case can be judged the same.

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This book does not lend itself to audio. It’s advertised as having many responses to the author’s letters to killers, but more than not, she lists people who died before her letters were sent, just pulling a few facts from other sources. The ones who do respond either turn down her request or provide nothing of interest. Nothing compelling here, extremely superficial. Her writing format is extremely awkward when converted to audio, and the convention of saying all dates in Number format is not helpful.

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Not bad, worth a read.

it was good and provided a lot of info I didn't know about. there were a few that are not serial killers. That being said, worth a read. it's like baseball cards for serial killers.

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  • Louise
  • 11-26-21

Good content but narration is out of alignment

I have never heard gruesome details of murders outlined in such cheerful, chirpy tones. If you can get past the narration, there is some interesting information here for true crime buffs. I did not find much new material but it is a good collection of snapshots of interesting cases.

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  • Mitchell downes
  • 05-20-22

narrator is good but the book no

most of these serial killers stories are factually incorrect there are people who've been thrown in here to fill in space and they are not serial killers this book is not worth the read and I hate to say that because I enjoy true crime...disappointed

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  • Reader
  • 03-31-22

Good book

Well written, great format.
Narration was a bit stilted, but a good listen.
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