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Eleven women went missing over the spring and summer of 1988 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, an old fishing port known as the Whaling City, where Moby Dick, Frederick Douglass, textile mills, and heroin-dealing represent just a few of the many threads in the community's diverse fabric. In Shallow Graves, investigative reporter Maureen Boyle tells the story of a case that has haunted New England for 30 years.

Boyle first broke the story in 1988 and stayed with it for decades. In Shallow Graves she spins a riveting narrative about the crimes, the victims, the hunt for the killers, and the search for justice, all played out against the backdrop of an increasingly impoverished community beset by drugs and crime.

Drawing on more than 100 interviews, along with police reports, first-person accounts, and field reporting both during the killings and more recently, Shallow Graves brings the listener behind the scenes of the investigation, onto the streets of the city, and into the homes of the families still hoping for answers.

Contains mature themes.

©2017 Maureen Boyle (P)2018 Tantor

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Narration spoiled it. Zzzzzzz

Good story with way more detail than necessary. That would have been okay but the narration was utterly dull, truly soporific.

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Narrator cannot pronounce Names!

Struggled to tolerate the narrator... she should have prepped with the writer. Gonsalves and Andrade, make the final vowel silent??? Ugh!

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Loved it, a must read! Really enjoyed the people.

Loved what happenec to the characters at the end. i liked the summary of people's lives.

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Really good listen.

I met Kenny Ponte a few times in 2002 when I was in my early 20's. He would hang around an auto repair shop my father and I rented lot space on to sell used cars. First time I met him he was dumping his trash in the lot dumpster. I didn't realize the property owner allowed him to before I confronted him. He completely freaked out on me yelling that he knew the owner and it was ok. He was a real asshole. He came in to my office a few times after that to talk to me kind of apologetic. He had really bad body oder and he used to leave cat food around the property. He came off kind of arrogant. We discussed history (I was majoring in history at the time) and he kept trying to educate me on topics I knew pretty well. Shortly after the guys told me he had killed some women. I took that as just some gossip, after all why wasn't he in prison? It wasn't until years later I put the pieces together when I became interested in serial killer topics. It blew my mind realizing I actually met the primary suspect in a serial killing investigation.

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Good true crime listen

A fascinating case that I knew nothing about before listening. Story moved along nicely but did seem to wander toward the end.

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The most annoying narrator

The most annoying narrator for a very disjointed book. I'll be returning. Since I grew up in the area I thought maybe. I was wrong. The female narrators breathy style just doesn't work. That and mispronouncing one of the cops name over and over
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Who Was the Hyway Killer?

This book was good to listen to. I like the murders to be solved (my preference), this was not. Still, I liked it.

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  • 09-12-21

Well written and well researched!

A well written and well research book. Was a little long for my taste. Not sure who I think the killer was, but I think the author certainly had her theories.