• The Krugersdorp Cult Killings

  • Inside Cecilia Steyn's Reign of Terror
  • By: Jana Marx
  • Narrated by: Nicole Engelbrecht
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (72 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Eleven murders over a period of four years sent shockwaves through the Krugersdorp community and made headlines nationwide. Eventually these murders were connected to Cecilia Steyn and her cult, Electus per Deus (chosen by God). Members of the cult were willing to do anything for Cecilia - even if it meant committing murder. 

Who is Cecilia Steyn? How can one person manipulate five others to commit murder and perjury on her behalf? How did Satanism contribute to all of this? How did inexperienced criminals manage to evade capture for so long? 

Jana Marx answers these and other questions in this true-crime account that led to one of the most sensational murder cases in the country’s history. Through interviews with those in the inner circle, evidence given in court and police files covering a period of four years, Marx attempts to answer the public’s questions and provide a view of the inner workings of such a cult. 

Narrated and produced by Nicole Engelbrecht. 

©2020 LAPA Publishers (P)2020 LAPA Publishers

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Honestly, kinda boring 😴

The story was there, but the narration was flat. There is significant background into how the cult was formed, the leadership and the plotting of each crime, but the lack of inflection and/or excitement in the reading there in made it difficult to feel the depth of the author's intent.

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Engrossing, but holy hecklesticks.

The narration production quality could be better, as some reviewers have mentioned. But I can promise any reader, this is a cult serial killer story that makes the Manson murders look like child's play - and remember, they killed a pregnant Hollywood actress and wrote on her wall with her blood. The level of manipulation and control this woman was able to exert upon her people - who were not even living in an isolated compound, as most cults do, remember - is simply astounding. It opens up the terrifying possibilities of what becomes possible with a sociopath of well above average intelligence, coupled with today's technology. That particular question isn't necessarily the point of why this book was written, but this book shows us one answer to that question. And holy hell is it terrifying.

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Horrible

Couldn't listen to this book. You can hear background noise during the narration. Who writes about messages calling the SMS's??? Just a really bad book.

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  • 02-20-21

Holy Moly

This story is tragic and the twists and turns are many. Jana Marx is somehow able to tie it all together. The narrator, Nicole Engelbrecht perfectly narrates. I will be let looking for more from both!

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Not great

It was as if she was just reading a script. Interesting story made less interesting being read.
I will be happy to never hear the word ostensibly again!!
Someone get her a thesaurus

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Crazy story - bland writing

I wanted to learn about this true crime story and the book is thorough. But the writing and delivery are bland. Clinical in its tone and presentation. Also maybe it is a cultural difference, but I kept being surprised at ridiculous things these people discussed and believed about witches, the occult, and Satanism. Also how incredibly gullible so many of the players were. I kept wonder how normal sane modern people believe in such silly make believe stories. It was like they still have the mentality of serfs on a feudal manor.

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The narrator made this very hard to finish

I wanted to listen to this book so bad but I can’t even make it through chapter one with this book. Really sucks bc I was looking forward to it for days.

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Bad narration

The story is there but hard to grasp any of it with the monotone narration.

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Very compelling

This account is very detailed and well done. The narration is in an objective style that I thought was perfect for this incredibly bizarre story.

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Good but room for improvement

The content is great, interesting stuff I didn’t know about the case even though I have read into it a bit. I thought the narration was really good and I am generally a fan of Nicole and her work. But there were some editing issues, the book ends very abruptly and I wonder if that is the end. Also at times the intonation seems to indicate some odd cuts in the audio that can be confusing. Otherwise loved it - so glad I read it ! Wish “ostensibly” was used a bit less. But a great read.

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  • 02-23-22

Ostensibly…

Was this book even proof read? I couldn’t pay any serious attention to it after I counted 15 improper uses of the word ostensibly with 2 hours of story remaining .

I didn’t bother listening to the rest .

Poorly written , with the narrative rambling and confusing , I personally regret choosing to purchase this .

But who knows , it could be something you might enjoy , ostensibly .

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  • Theresa Q.
  • 02-08-22

Rubbish

The voice narration was awful. The content was boring. Regret this purchase. Really thought this had potential but no.

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  • 01-13-22

Outlandish

What an absolutely, ridiculously compelling story. This story will leave you with your mouth agape in horror and disbelief. Sped up the narrator as the story read too slow for me - it helped.

Worth the download and listen.

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  • Yssel
  • 08-22-21

Good content & story.

Really interesting content & overal story. The narrator is a bit bland & not very exciting though.

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  • Dicko
  • 03-25-21

Terrible Book.

I normally love this genre however this was easily the worst book, badly written and horribly performed. Far too much insignificant detail almost to the point of describing the weather, dining options and the colour of the sky. Get to the point already.. To top it off, I have never heard such a monotone narration in all my time. I do not recommend this book in any way shape or form.

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  • 01-25-21

Gripping

This book made sense of a very chaotic and crazy line of events. The news didn't do justice to the victims the way that the author did in her writing. The narration was clear and easy to listen.