• The Stranger in My Bed

  • The True Story of Marriage, Murder, and the Body in the Box
  • By: Michael Fleeman
  • Narrated by: Kate Zane
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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By: Michael Fleeman
Narrated by: Kate Zane
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Publisher's Summary

He found new brides to love him.

All Diane Bertalan really knew of her new husband, John, was that he was a widower, he lavished her with gifts, and he preferred to keep his past a secret. What she didn't know was that the FBI had been watching him for years. In the fall of 2000, she found out why - it was a crime that had been haunting authorities for decades. They called it the mystery of the Lady in the Box.

Fifteen years later, police found the remains....

A decaying body that had been left along an Indiana roadside ditch in 1980 had finally been identified as Janice Hartman. In 1974, the Ohio woman had been reported missing by her estranged husband...John David Smith. The gruesome discovery was only the beginning of Diane Smith's brutal awakening - for Hartman was only the first of Smith's wives to have vanished off the face of the earth.

The Stranger in My Bed is the chilling true story of one woman who escaped the deadly hold of the killer she loved and married, and of the grieving families of his victims who banded together after nearly 30 years to prove that justice never forgets. Or forgives.

©2003 Michael Fleeman (P)2021 Tantor

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Never heard of this crime before

I was interested in the story because I knew nothing about this crime. I listen to a lot of true crime on audio because I have vision problems. Interesting stories are often told by exceptional narrators. Kevin Pierce being my favorite. This narrator was at times robotic and has a bizarre way of ending a sentence that requires her to say, “he said.” Or “she said.” It was distracting and annoying as it disrupted the flow of the story that was at times repetitive, but flowed well and was interesting. I won’t purchase another book by this narrator. The only thing positive about the narration was she didn’t mispronounce any words.

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What a creep

Very interesting story if a bit dry in the presentation. Narrator gives it the proper somber tone but I did wish she’d vary her tone more, which got dreary at times. Overall this history of a murderous creep is interesting enough to keep he listener engaged in spite of these issues.

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Confusing Telling of a True Crime

John Smith and his crimes are fascinating subjects. Unfortunately, he remains a mystery while his crimes became very entangled and very hard to follow. I think an editor could have helped the telling by laying out the serial crimes in a much better format. I thought the book was a mess.