• The Snow Killings

  • Inside the Oakland County Child Killer Investigation
  • By: Marney Rich Keenan
  • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (760 ratings)

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By: Marney Rich Keenan
Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
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Over 13 months in 1976­-1977, four children were abducted in the Detroit suburbs, each of them held for days before their still-warm bodies were dumped in the snow near public roadsides. The Oakland County Child Murders spawned panic across southeast Michigan, triggering the most extensive manhunt in US history. Yet after less than two years, the task force created to find the killer was shut down without naming a suspect. 

The case “went cold” for more than 30 years, until a chance discovery by one victim’s family pointed to the son of a wealthy General Motors executive: Christopher Brian Busch, a convicted pedophile, was freed weeks before the fourth child disappeared. 

Veteran Detroit News reporter Marney Rich Keenan takes the listener inside the investigation of the still-unsolved murders - seen through the eyes of the lead detective in the case and the family who cracked it open - revealing evidence of a decades-long cover-up of malfeasance and obstruction that denied justice for the victims.

©2020 Marney Rich Keenan (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Repetitive somewhat but excellent Detail

Some serious corruption! We must end Electoral College so the people who get put in office actually represent the popular votes and we get some honest, decent, respectable individuals who do not exclude the middle class and the poor and who are non racist people in office. So many government agencies are controlled by politically corrupt elite, especially in law enforcement!

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A very well written book that shows great compassion for the families

I was born around the time these murders took place. I remember my family talking about it in the early 80’s and my dad explaining why he would not let me ride my bike into town alone and how awful things can happen as we lived near the area these things happened.

This book sadly reveals how Lady Justice in not blind as we have been told and there are two different tiers of the justice system — one is in place to protect those in high positions.

As hard as this was to hear, the book was laid out and told so well, Witt great compassion for the victims families.

There really is no such thing as closure but I think this book tells the truth about who did it. May God give grace and peace to families.

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Riveting and Heartwrenching Story

Disclosure: I was 14 when this nightmare was happening and living a stones throw from Oakland County. It was a very frightening time to be a kid - it was my first time knowing that evil existed and it could be around any corner. I was too young to know all the details, or even understand them had I known them, so this book filled in many many gaps in my knowledge.

Narration: It was good, it took a little getting used to at first but after a chapter or two the narration was not a thing - the story took over everything. Yes the narrator mispronounces several cities - one frequently - but as I said after a couple chapters you just move on to concentrating on the story.

Story: Wow! What a gripping whodunit told from a reporters point of view. I enjoyed all the angles,politics, and especially the backgrounds of the victims and the numerous suspects. What I didn't particularly care for was the way the "story" was laid out to the reader/listener. Wish she had laid out first the victims and the crimes in minute detail - then each suspect and how each of them tie back into one or more of the crime details and then hit with a conclusion. That would have been a lot easier to follow. That said, there were so many tangents as you follow the investigation (which was kinda cool actually cause you felt like a detective with the frustration of a detective) but there were so many things that seemed liked good witness accounts/leads that just never was sewn up by the author - I have so many more questions now that I have the details. It's going to drive me crazy. This story was all engrossing and I do recommend it as a very good account of the murder and the times.
Nothing is perfect and this is no exception, like I said I didn't like how the author introduced intriguing things and then just left it hanging. But, I did like the personal detail of those involved - from the victims to the survivors, to the investigators and their bosses - it was just enough without bogging down the story.

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Laborious

This book offers a seemingly endless recitation of the manner in which children were sexually violated. I gave up halfway through after becoming weary of slogging through an over abundance of details that never moved the story forward.

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I really wish I hadn't read it

this book was incredibly frustrating. at first I thought my issue was only with the narrator, but while her performance was lacking, the writing was the problem. the book was unfocused and elaborated on extraneous details and people that had little to no bearing on the case. for some reason the author even brought in ten bundy and other evil ones that had NOTHING to do with the case. she alluded to cover ups and a possible bad guy, but it was all supposition and gossip. I love true crime, but this was just a waste of time

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So many players to keep track of

Now I know this is a true crime story, but it’s insane how many people are talked about in this book. It was hard for me to keep track of who everybody was. It was a good story kind of long for me but I did finish it. If you like true crime stories you’ll like this one.

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Yikes

Narrator mispronunciations we're rampant esp with words like "macabre" an "Livonia". Maybe look things up before reading? Very grating. Awards for audiobook reading or not, Yeesh.

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Good book... hard to follow, though.

The book was good. Besides the cringe worthy mispronunciations, the narrator was awesome. The book is PACKED with characters, so it was a little difficult to keep up with who was who, but I would recommend it, none the less.

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Muddled Mess

This book has no narrative timeline. It jumps from year to year and character to character, confusing at best. The events of the murders deserve a better storyteller. Details were plenty but they were jumbled one after another.

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Difficult to Follow

I struggled to finish this one. I felt that the story was choppy. Most of my selections have kept me engaged & wanting to have more listening time. With "The Snow Killings" I found myself just trying to get through it.

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  • Mrs
  • 01-28-21

Very well researched.

Unlike many true crime books which simply skim through the details,this book goes into the crime in depth. It’s so refreshing to see this kind of approach. Very well researched and presented.

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  • JT
  • 09-10-20

Fantastic, gripping review of this terrible case.

I've been waiting for a book like this on this awful case for years. This I can honestly say is it. HIGHLY recommended.

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  • Mordecai
  • 10-10-21

Superb.

To start, narration was absolutely perfect. Well paced and pronounced throughout. I haven't read a case study like this in a long time. The authors knowledge of the case is underpinned by the breadth of the timeline - nearly 40 years of investigative rigour by various parties succinctly explained in just under 12 hours. A terrifyingly tragic and engrossing story; I feel the many twists and turns means I'll be listening to this book from start to finish again very soon.

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  • Carole Longstaff
  • 09-15-21

Not Interested & Bought By Accident

Very graphic all about sick individuals. Not for me at all . Bought by accident & just awful . Felt sick ..

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  • crochetdiva
  • 08-29-21

Chilling!

I read a lot of true crime, but this one left chis throughout my body. The coverups from the very thought left me incensed. This shoulx be looked at again, to find out who needs booking, even if its ppostumously.

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  • Louise
  • 11-30-22

Great story

Great story but it was a bit long winded. It went into to much background detail and I couldn't remember who they were talking about.
Great narrator.

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  • Marspain
  • 11-28-22

interesting

it was a fascinating journey, hearing how facts and recollections about this case remains unsolved.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-22

An interesting book

The story is faschinating but it can wander from time to time. Gets to tecnical from time to time.

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  • Nick
  • 11-09-22

Complex

Great narration, but boy was it confusing. So many names involved that it got confusing at times. I did think the chapters would have been in a better order to follow the story, but I guess, being a cold case, it's going to be bity, moving forward and backward a lot, once the case was re-investigated.
The case itself, is shocking. So sad about the children and their families.

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  • Jane
  • 10-15-22

Sometimes a little tedious

I do like a lot of details, but sometimes it felt like too many side steps, which made it hard to follow the main story.

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  • Megan
  • 06-15-22

mindnumbinb

unfortunately, what is probably an interesting case has been read in a monotone for several hours.