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The Serial Killer Whisperer: How One Man's Tragedy Helped Unlock the Deadliest Secrets of the World's Most Terrifying Killers

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Alan Sklar

13 Hours 17 Minutes

Tantor Media

January 2012

Audio Book Summary

Fifteen-year-old Tony Ciaglia had everything a teenager could want-good grades, good athletic skills, and good friends-until he suffered a horrific head injury at summer camp. Pronounced clinically dead three times by helicopter paramedics before he reached a hospital, Ciaglia lapsed into a coma. When he emerged, his right side was paralyzed and he had to relearn how to walk, talk, and even how to eat. The areas of his brain that were damaged required him to take countless pills to control his emotions and rages. Abandoned and shunned by his friends, he began writing to serial killers on a whim and discovered that his traumatic brain injury-which made him an outcast to his peers-enabled him to emotionally connect with notorious murderers in a unique way. Soon many of America's most dangerous psychopaths were revealing heinous details to Tony about their crimes-even those they'd never been convicted of. The killers opened up to him, trusted him, and called him a 'best friend.' But there was a price. As Tony found himself being drawn deeper and deeper into their violent worlds of murder, rape, and torture, he was pushed to the brink of despair and, at times, forced to question his own sanity-until he found a way to put his unusual gift to use. Asked by investigators for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for help in solving a murder, Tony began launching his own personal searches for forgotten victims, incredibly with clues often provided to him voluntarily by the killers themselves.The Serial Killer Whisperer takes listeners into the minds of murderers in a way that has never been done before-straight from a killer's thoughts. It is also an inspiring-albeit sometimes terrifying-tale of an American family whose idyllic life is shattered by a terrible accident and how healing and closure came to a tormented man in the most unlikely way: by connecting with monsters.

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  • Anonymous

    Very interesting but definitely not for the squeamish. I grew up in Maryland and am praying i stayed away from that stand.

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  • Debra R.

    Very uncensored, I tried using this as a "sleep" book. It had the opposite effect, I couldn't sleep I wanted to hear the whole story. The narrator has a great voice that takes on dark and evil tones when reading the killers parts.

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  • Michael Hayes

    Very good read. Not for the faint of heart. The look inside the minds of Serial Killers is a cold stark look at true evil. Very fascinating to say the least. I do wish they would have told the outcome of the Alaska investigation though. Narration was very good. 5 stars from me.

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  • Laura Brown

    Wow. This book is riveting, serial killers talking about their deepest darkest secrets and "feelings." I can say this book is revealing of the minds of serial killers and at the persistence of Tony, who has turned a (his) tragedy into triumph. I hope he continues to write to those s/k so that more evidence is able to help solve their unsloved crimes! If you like descriptive stories I highly recommend this title. I also really like the narrator too. 5 stars!

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  • J R.

    I thought that this would be pretty cut and dried, technical or scholarly; didn't have high hopes. It was well read and interesting. It kept my attention with enough stories without getting too detailed. It came close to too much information when you thought about the families and victims, but the psychology of the penpals was the story. Hope it helps lead to some answers for society. Well read, the narrator seemed to have a good feel for the book.

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  • Anonymous

    I must say this book had my emotions all over the place & I loved it! Works of nonfiction are something special in the world of books and most are just the same old same old, but the way this young man and his family dealt with everything was truly amazing. Hearing what these sick, twisted killers did to their victims will infuriate and fasiant you. This book is on my top 10 list of books about serial killers. The narrator did a fantastic job as well.

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  • Lily R.

    Great book, makes you think about your surroundings the people you trust. Narrator did a great job as well!

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  • Vera L

    This was a great book. I was looking on the internet (as the book was being read to me) so I could see pictures of all the killers that were being mentioned. I was scared after listening to the book but maybe we should always have our guard up.

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    This was one of the best books I have downloaded. I am intrigued by the mind of a serial killer and this took a new approach with pairing the apparent similarities that Anthony had with his SK pen pals as a result of his TBI. Language and graphic descriptions could be very offensive to some, so definitely not something to listen to while kids are around.

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  • Ariel Burton

    Excellent listen! Another fabulous true crime listen!

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