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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author Bryan Burrough (Barbarians at the Gate, Public Enemies, Big Rich) recently made a shocking discovery: The small town of Temple, Texas, where he had grown up, had harbored a dark secret. One of his high school classmates, Danny Corwin, was a vicious serial killer who had raped and mutilated six women, murdering three of them. Yet the town had denied all early signs of the radical evil that was growing within Corwin. What had led the local media to ignore his early rapes? Why had the local Presbyterian Church tried to shield him from prison? Why had local law enforcement been unable to solve and prosecute his murders as they continued? 

Burrough is widely admired as a master storyteller, and this chilling tale raises important questions of whether serial killers can be recognized before they kill or rehabilitated after they do. It is also a story of Texas politics and power that led the good citizens of the town of Temple to enable a demon who was their worst nightmare. 

This title contains mature themes, including physical and sexual violence, that some listeners may find unsettling.

©2019 Bryan Burrough (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author Bryan Burrough (Barbarians at the Gate, Public Enemies, Big Rich) recently made a shocking discovery: The small town of Temple, Texas, where he had grown up, had harbored a dark secret. One of his high school classmates, Danny Corwin, was a vicious serial killer who had raped and mutilated six women, murdering three of them. Yet the town had denied all early signs of the radical evil that was growing within Corwin. What had led the local media to ignore his early rapes? Why had the local Presbyterian Church tried to shield him from prison? Why had local law enforcement been unable to solve and prosecute his murders as they continued? 

Burrough is widely admired as a master storyteller, and this chilling tale raises important questions of whether serial killers can be recognized before they kill or rehabilitated after they do. It is also a story of Texas politics and power that led the good citizens of the town of Temple to enable a demon who was their worst nightmare. 

This title contains mature themes, including physical and sexual violence, that some listeners may find unsettling.

©2019 Bryan Burrough (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.
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About the Author

Bryan Burrough is a longtime special correspondent at Vanity Fair and the author of six books, including Days of Rage, The Big Rich, Public Enemies, and (with John Helyar) Barbarians at the Gate. He lives in Austin, Texas, where he is currently researching his latest book, a narrative history of Old West gunfighters.

About the Performer

Steve White has spent most of his life behind a microphone. As a kid, he realized the power of the spoken word, hanging out with his dad while the pair talked to people around the world via ham radio. Later, Steve put that penchant for communication into practice and ventured into radio and TV. He worked as a journalist for television stations in North Carolina before transitioning to voiceover in 2015. He quickly discovered a love for storytelling and narrating audiobooks. Since then, Steve has produced more than 50 audiobooks in a variety of genres. Whether exploring 1940s Florida behind the eyes of a precocious 6-year-old in Judith Richards’ award-winning Summer Lightning, discovering the origins of baseball on the front lines of the Civil War in Jeff McArthur’s The American Game, or exploring the murkiness of the human psyche in true crime stories such as Ryan Green’s You Think You Know Me, Steve loves delving into a range of characters. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and two sons.

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off-putting narrator

a dark and gory tale read like a children's story. imagine bad news being read as if it was good news, or pleasantly surprising news. just a really bad mismatch of tone. does not do the story justice.

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Odd narration choice

Story is fairly interesting and this was free through Audible. However, I would have preferred a narration voice more grave and less like a Pepperidge Farm commercial, given the content.

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The author is right, I've never heard of this man.

This was a good short read on a violent serial killer. I would have like a bit more from the detectives, doctors and friends to fill the story in, but as you listen, you see that's the point. No one wanted to make any extra efforts to figure this out.

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The only truly bad review I’ve written

I’ve never given a truly negative review before (and I feel badly about it), but this just wasn’t good. The story was so short, lacked detail about the investigations, the people involved, and even the killer himself, that it felt immature. There was no real interrogation of what was going on in the town, how these crimes could’ve been ignored or erased. It lacked depth, texture, nuance. The narrator was also terrible for this. His voice was so upbeat the whole time, it was like listening to a morning radio DJ describe horrible crimes and reading quotes of people who have experienced trauma. Just no. I am so glad I didn’t pay for this as I would be seeking a refund immediately.

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Not sure how I feel about the narrator.

The story is intriguing, a murderer who is largely unknown and all but forgotten. I Googled him and the one and only website that mentions anything about the case, a few minutes before the writer mentioned said same website (that was a weird coincidence). Not sure how I feel about the narrator. He seemed a little too enthusiastic for the subject matter.

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I was going to listen going to sleep...Bad plan

Riveting true crime. I’m always interested in the why’s. While we will probably never know why serial killers do what they do. The author’s speculations and telling of this sad tale kept me wide awake start to finish.

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I Live in Temple, And I Didn't Know....

This selection caught my eye because we moved to Temple, Texas nearly eight years ago. As a former police reporter, I'm generally in tune with major historic or recent crime stories -- especially those which have happened near our residence -- but I had never heard of Daniel Corwin. When I read the description, I asked myself, "Is this real or did Bryan Burrough choose Temple as the location for a fictional crime story?" A quick Google search showed me that this was a real, so I listened.

I commute for my job, so I listened during a few trips to and from my workplace. I was intrigued because I was able to "follow" the initial crimes -- knowing well the streets, neighborhoods and the subdivisions referenced. When I drove near one of the buildings mentioned, I realized that one of the attacks happened near there. When I passed a certain subdivision, I realized another attack happened on those tree-lined streets. I know many community minded people, who must've heard about these attacks and the outcomes, and I kept thinking, "I need to ask her about this."

I enjoyed the brevity of the story, feeling that Burrough packed a lot of information into a relatively small space for Audible. It was pure investigative journalism and it was done well, like a long-form piece you'd find in Texas Monthly -- or Burrough's Vanity Fair. In 3-4 hours, I learned an amazing amount of information about this case, and I was treated to a history lesson about the region.

The narrator did very well with the story and, through him, I felt I learned what a listener needs to know about the key figures and their personalities. Many thanks to Bryan Burrough for his reporting.

NOTE: I'd be remiss not to share that my wife and I have found Central Texas, specifically the Temple/Belton area, to be a wonderful place to raise a family.

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demons

Quick short examination of the life and crimes of a serial killer. As like the investigation so many years ago this is barely a glimpse.

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Couldn't put it down!

I was shocked that it happened not very far from me! The author did an awesome job. It's good to know that someone out there hadn't forgotten and made sure to put this out there. Very intriguing!

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Interesting, but not fascinating

The story was merely interesting, but not fascinating. However, the narrator was very good and was really the main reason it held my interest.

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  • 11-16-21

Nice

This is a good book, I really like this audible content. Nice, Fantastic Excellent story

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  • 12-21-21

Nice

This is nice story . I really like this story. Very interesting and Excellent narration. Fantastic ...

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  • Jordan
  • 11-22-21

Interesting and just long enough.

This was a really well written read. It isn't too sensationalized and was kept grounded and didn't overstate anything.

Good job.

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  • Carole Longstaff
  • 11-03-21

A Quick Listen

Not a great story but filled in 2 hours . Not very good . I wouldn’t bother if I had the chance again 👎🏼

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-07-22

Interesting

well written.
well narrated, an easy listen, not too long.
For a free book it's worth a listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-31-21

Excellent !

This is nice story . I really like this story. Very interesting and Excellent narration. Fantastic

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  • Anne Dudley
  • 12-28-21

Interesting

A lovely little story about how killers and rappers act. Most of these men and women have been abused either physically or mentally when they were younger.
Narrator was just right as well (made me want to keep listening as he holds the interest).

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  • westy50
  • 05-16-20

interesting

can not say it's the best audio book I've listened to but it was interesting enough to hold me t the end.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-05-22

good and interesting

good one.Had a very different experience on listening to the audiobook.overall i enjoyed the audiobook

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  • 01-06-22

Fantastic!

This is nice story . I really like this story. Very interesting and Excellent narration. Fantastic