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Innocent Blood

A True Story of Obsession and Serial Murder
Written by: Terry Ganey
Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla
Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
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Innocent Blood is the true story of Charles Hatcher and his life of crime - a powerful and blood-chilling glimpse into the darkness between sanity and madness. It also chronicles a justice system gone wrong. Throughout his criminal career, Hatcher was able to fool dozens of psychiatrists, who repeatedly failed to identify him as a multiple murderer. Hatcher's astonishing skill was not just in his ability to murder and escape imprisonment. He became an expert at manipulating the criminal justice system; overall, he outwitted police, prosecutors, psychiatrists, and judges in 12 cities and eight states.

Terry Ganey first covered this story as a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Later, he spent four years researching the material for this book, interviewing over 75 people and reviewing thousands of documents, court transcripts, prison files, police reports, and mental health records.

What emerges is a fascinating and horrifying portrait of a mass murderer at large in America - a murderer who could have stalked his victims in any of our towns and cities, whether urban or rural, large or small.

Contains mature themes.

©2017 Terry J. Ganey (P)2018 Tantor

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Started out good...

And yet AOTHER one that started out with my interest. In the middle of the book, my interest waned.
I just couldn't finish it. I've tried to listen to authors that I hadn't heard of, or the crimes on which they write about. I'm just going to stick with Rule & Phelps., as I've struck out 3 times now with my true crime choices.

The narration on this book is weird. At times, his tone doesnt match the subject on which he's reading, almost a lightheartedness.

It started out as a clear, consise story and somewhere in the middle it gets muddled.
In my opinion, not worth it.

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  • MrsCeeDoubleAargh
  • Somewhere that's green
  • 2018-06-28

a real missed opportunity

I was so excited to read a book about a serial murderer that I hadn't heard of, instead I got this jerky mismanaged poorly done book that probably would've done better in the hands of someone else. perhaps it's because we never really get to know the man at the center of the book, and perhaps that's not this author's fault. the narration was overdramatic and unbearable at times. I struggled with this book so much I returned it. it was that bad.

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  • Rockster
  • 2018-08-06

Great listen!

I enjoyed this book very much. All the pertinent information was given and it was kept interesting.

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  • Rebecca
  • 2018-07-02

awesome writing, awesome story!

loved the book! I live on true crime, best story ever! well told and narrated. I recommend highly. You won't believe this story!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-05-29

Excellent book

Well written and very interesting as to how this criminal manipulated the psychiatrists and the legal system for nearly a lifetime. The narrator has done well except where he tried to overly dramatize some voices in a very irritating way.

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  • david
  • 2018-08-06

very good story and narrating. quality true crime

this book was well written. the narrating was full of expression and was entertaining. some very graphic violence.

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  • William G.
  • 2018-07-09

Truly a sick man

Another example of poor legal and health system as a total psychopath is mishandled and innocent children die because of a failed system with no one held responsible.

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