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Stolen Innocence

My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs

By Lisa Pulitzer & Elissa Wall
Narrated by: Renée Raudman
Length: 15 hours 50 minutes

In September 2007, a packed courtroom in St. George, Utah, sat hushed as Elissa Wall, the star witness against polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs, gave captivating testimony of how Jeffs forced her to marry her first cousin at age fourteen. This harrowing and vivid account proved to be the most compelling evidence against Jeffs, showing the... Read more »

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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

By John Berendt
Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
Length: 15 hours 3 minutes

Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty,early morning hours of May 2, 1981.  Was it murder or self-defense?  For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares.  John Berendt's sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads... Read more »

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The Kidnap Years

The Astonishing True History of the Forgotten Kidnapping Epidemic That Shook Depression-Era America

By David Stout
Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
Length: 11 hours 55 minutes

The Great Depression was a time of desperation in America—parents struggled to feed their children and unemployment was at a record high. Adding to the lawlessness of the decade, thugs with submachine guns and corrupt law-enforcement officers ran rampant. But amidst this panic, there was one sure-fire way to make money, one used by criminals and...

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The Murders That Made Us

How Vigilantes, Hoodlums, Mob Bosses, Serial Killers and Cult Leaders Built the San Francisco Bay Area

By Bob Calhoun
Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
Length: 10 hours 8 minutes

The 170-year history of the San Francisco Bay Area told through its crimes and how they intertwine with the city's art, music, and politics.

In The Murders That Made Us, the story of the San Francisco Bay Area unfolds through its most violent and depraved acts. From the city's earliest days, where vigilantes hung perps from buildings and... Read more »

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The Map Thief

The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps

By Michael Blanding
Narrated by: Sean Runnette
Length: 8 hours 35 minutes

Maps have long exerted a special fascination on viewers—both as beautiful works of art and as practical tools to navigate the world. But to those who collect them, the map trade can be a cutthroat business, inhabited by quirky and sometimes disreputable characters in search of a finite number of extremely rare objects.

Once considered a... Read more »

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Murder in Little Egypt

By Darcy O'Brien
Narrated by: Perry Daniels
Length: 13 hours 12 minutes

New York Times Bestseller: The "fascinating" true story of John Dale Cavaness, a much-admired Illinois doctor—and the cold-blooded killer of his own son. (The Washington Post).

Fusing the narrative power of an award-winning novelist and the detailed research of an experienced investigator, author Darcy O'Brien unfolds the story of Dr. John Dale... Read more »

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Last Call

A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York

By Elon Green
Narrated by: David Pittu
Length: 8 hours 10 minutes

"This true-crime gem—Green's first full-length work, sensitively and incisively narrated by Pittu—is an illuminating and deeply humanizing testament to victims overlooked by the media and forgotten in cultural memory...An insightful and essential conversation among author, narrator, and producer concludes this highly recommended recording." --...

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Mark Felt

The Man Who Brought Down the White House

By Mark Felt & John O'Connor
Narrated by: Michael Prichard
Length: 12 hours 14 minutes

In 1974, Mark Felt was given the code name "Deep Throat" and shared intelligence on the Watergate break-in with a young reporter from the Washington Post named Bob Woodward. Thus began the greatest political scandal in the twentieth century, which would besmirch an entire administration and bring down a presidency.

A patriotic man, Felt only... Read more »

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Death in the City of Light

The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris

By David King
Narrated by: Paul Michael
Length: 13 hours 49 minutes

The gripping, true story of a brutal serial killer who unleashed his own reign of terror in Nazi-Occupied Paris.

As decapitated heads and dismembered body parts surfaced in the Seine, Commissaire Georges-Victor Massu, head of the Brigade Criminelle, was tasked with tracking down the elusive murderer in a twilight world of Gestapo, gangsters,... Read more »

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A Fever in the Heart

And Other True Cases
Ann Rule's Crime Files: Book #3

By Ann Rule
Narrated by: Laural Merlington
Length: 15 hours 26 minutes

A Fever in the Heart dissects an explosive triangle that led to obsession and murder in a small town in the northwest of America. Ann Rule reveals the story of an alluring wife and the two men desperate for her love; a story with a bizarre and deadly twist that no one could have suspected. In this and several other riveting true-crime cases from...

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The Crime of the Century

Richard Speck and the Murders That Shocked a Nation

By Dennis L. Breo & William J. Martin
Narrated by: Christina Delaine
Length: 18 hours 26 minutes

On July 14th, 1966, Richard Franklin Speck swept through a quiet Chicago townhouse like a summer tornado and stabbed, strangled, and killed eight young nurses in a violent sexual rampage. By morning, only one nurse, Corazon Amurao, had miraculously survived, and her scream of terror was heard around the world. As the eight bodies were carried... Read more »

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Every Move You Make

By M. William Phelps
Narrated by: J. Charles
Length: 13 hours 55 minutes

Con Man
In December 1989, in upstate New York, Gary C. Evans, 35, a master of disguise and career criminal who had befriended David “Son of Sam” Berkowitz, began weaving a web of deadly lies. Evans told a female friend that Damien Cuomo, the father of her child, had deserted her. Of that he could be certain, since he’d killed Cuomo, and...

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If Looks Could Kill

By M. William Phelps
Narrated by: J. Charles
Length: 12 hours 2 minutes

“A great true crime story…Readers will feel the effects of Phelps’ skill from beginning to end.” - Stephen Singular

Big and brash, Jeff Zack didn’t hide his rough lifestyle. And when he died, it was in plain sight: executed in the parking lot of a BJ’s Wholesale Club in Akron, Ohio, by a motorcycle-riding assassin dressed in black.

“Phelps uses a...

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A Tangled Web

A Cyberstalker, a Deadly Obsession, and the Twisting Path to Justice

By Leslie Rule
Narrated by: Tanya Eby
Length: 10 hours 43 minutes

It was a bleak November in 2012 when Cari Lea Farver vanished from Omaha, Nebraska. Cari, thirty-seven, was a devoted mother, reliable employee, and loyal friend—not the type to shirk responsibilities, abandon her son, and run off on an adventure while her dying father took his last breaths. Yet, the many texts from her phone indicated she had... Read more »

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American Predator

The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century

By Maureen Callahan
Narrated by: Amy Landon
Length: 9 hours 3 minutes

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

An Amazon “Best Book of 2019”
Washington Post “10 Books To Read in July”
Los Angeles Times “Seven Highly Anticipated Books for Summer Reading”
USA Today “20 of the Season’s Hottest New Books”
New York Post “25 Best Beach Reads of 2019 You Need to Pre-Order Now”

A Bustle “The Best New True Crime Books You... Read more »

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Arc of Justice

A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age

By Kevin Boyle
Narrated by: Lizan Mitchell
Length: 17 hours 27 minutes

Highly esteemed history professor, author and editor, Kevin Boyle was presented with the National Book Award for this stunning literary achievement. Arc of Justice artfully captures a tumultuous period in American history as it tells a shocking story of violence and racial strife. The grandson of a slave, Dr. Ossian Sweet moved his family to an... Read more »

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A Daughter's Deadly Deception

The Jennifer Pan Story

By Jeremy Grimaldi
Narrated by: Joe Hempel
Length: 12 hours 9 minutes

From the outside looking in, Jennifer Pan seemed like a model daughter living a perfect life. The ideal child, the one her immigrant parents saw, was studying to become a pharmacist at the University of Toronto. But there was a dark, deceptive side to the angelic young woman. In reality, Jennifer spent her days in the arms of her high-school...

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Golden Boy

A Murder Among the Manhattan Elite

By John Glatt
Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
Length: 8 hours 5 minutes

By all accounts, Thomas Gilbert Jr. led a charmed life. The son of a wealthy hedge fund manager and a financier, he grew up surrounded by a loving family and all the luxury an Upper East Side childhood could provide: education at the elite Buckley School and Deerfield Academy, summers in a sprawling seaside mansion in the Hamptons. He was... Read more »

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Adnan's Story

The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial

By Rabia Chaudry
Narrated by: Rabia Chaudry
Length: 14 hours 30 minutes

"Chaudry, a friend of Adnan Syed's family, has been tracking the case since he was first convicted of murder. Through the passion in her voice it's clear she cares deeply about him and his situation." — AudioFile Magazine

This program is read by the author.

*A New York Times bestseller*

Serial told Only Part of the Story…

In early 2000, Adnan Syed...

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Lost Girls

An Unsolved American Mystery

By Robert Kolker
Narrated by: Sean Pratt
Length: 11 hours 10 minutes

New York Times Bestseller • Now a Netflix Film

The bestselling account of the lives of five young women whose fates converged in the perplexing case of the Long Island Serial Killer.

“Rich, tragic...monumental...true-crime reporting at its best.”—Washington Post

One late spring evening in 2010, Shannan Gilbert—after running through the oceanfront...

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