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Dig deep into the unsolved murder of Jackie English and join the hunt for a serial killer

Fifty years ago, a serial killer prowled the quiet city of London, Ontario, marking it as his hunting grounds. As young women and boys were abducted, raped, and murdered, residents of the area held their loved ones closer and closer, terrified of the monster - or monsters - stalking the streets. Homicide detective Dennis Alsop began hunting the killer in the 1960s, and he didn’t stop searching until his death 40 years later. For decades, detectives, actual and armchair, and the victims’ families and friends continued to ask questions: Who was the Forest City Killer? Was there more than one person, or did a depraved individual commit all of these crimes on his own? 

Combing through the files Detective Alsop left behind, researcher Vanessa Brown reopens the cases, revealing previously unpublished witness statements, details of evidence, and astonishing revelations. And through her investigation, Vanessa posits the unthinkable: is it possible that the Forest City Killer is still alive and, like the notorious Golden State Killer, a simple DNA test could bring him to justice?

©2019 Vanessa Brown (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Pronunciation by the Narrator

I am born, raised and still live in Central and Southern Ontario, Canada. I have to say the “abooot” and “hooooouse” pronunciation made me so irritated, I almost could t finish the book. It was so extreme, it seems like it has to be purposeful? I don’t know anyone that actually speaks like that.

Also, as there is a copy and fact checking process for the written book, there should be one again for the pronunciations of geographical names. Huron and Penetanguishene in particular were so butchered, I didn’t even recognize them until context clues. If I recognized those, than I’m sure locals familiar with London, Ontario and the surrounding areas mentioned in the cars heard even more.

Internet sleuths from another country can get away from this as civilians - a la "etta-bih-coke," in a recent Netflix series. But these are glaring mispronunciations in a professional work and it makes it all seem very sloppy. It seems like it should be basic due diligence.

All to say, this really took away from the compelling, and heartbreaking subject matter and that is really the worst part.

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really good

loved the writer , and the reader. lots of information , very well done and organized. highly recommend

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so many mispronouciations

I am so interested in the content of this book. It is well written. Sadly, the narrator can't be from anywhere near here because the way many words are pronounced is troubling. The worst part is I believe that one of the victim's names has been mispronounced! What a disrespect to the family!

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So interesting, couldn’t stop listening.

Growing up in London I never was aware of any of these crimes. It was very interesting to learn. I hope this book can help bring some new info to the cases.

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Amazing is all I can say

This book if fantastic! It tells all about the hidden secrets of London! My mind was blown away but all the tragedy that took place in such a short amount of time! Amazing!

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Fascinating and Moving.

This book truly had me in tears. My heart broke for all the families affected by these tragic events.

The narrator did not do this book justice. She often sounded robotic.

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Riveting and disturbing

It is strange to hear an author describing detail areas to which you grew up, not having any clue that gruesome murders and deviant predators walked the same streets just a few years before.
The descriptions of London Ontario small town attitude, stuck in a bubble and just shy of willful ignorance to the goings on in their town are frighteningly accurate. So too are the bumblings of the London (and area) Police department. On more than one occasion I thought to myself while listening, "oh yeah that sounds like London police."
The only drawback to the performance was the fact that Vivianne Leheny is clearly not from the area, with mispronunciations of streets, regions and locations. Similar to that if they had somebody from Texas describing a Boston area. It didn't hold back the story, but I did find myself having to skip back a few seconds as my mind was preoccupied why she was saying the wrong place, before realizing she pronounced it the way a Londoner would not. It's a shame that producer didn't get some voice actor from the area, or do a bit of research for city streets and locations.
I had a friend recommend this book, and I have already recommended it to others.

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AMAZING Story!

For those who live in this area and may be familiar- this is the book you need to own! Wonderfully written. At times the narrator sounds robotic but that does not diminish or take away from the actual story being told.

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  • Julius Pepperwood
  • 2019-11-21

Terrible narration.

Couldn't get past the first chapter due to very stiff narration. Can't comment on the book itself.

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  • Jessica Hoffman
  • 2020-04-10

Content and research top notch

Unfortunately the narration was flat and robotic with odd pronunciations. Reminiscent of a female computer voice in text to speech programs. It was quite distracting!

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  • Kristin Sherrill
  • 2021-04-13

disjointed writing

the writing is disjointed...which makes it hard to follow at times. connections aren't made where they should have been...

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  • Buretto
  • 2020-08-04

Promises a lot, delivers little

Caveat emptor: Read the summary closely, and realize it never commits to a resolution, or anything like it. What you get is a lot of intrusion on family grief and speculation on a variety of weird men who circulated around the area. Then there is the odd admiration for a detective who, as far as can be seen, didn't really accomplish anything, other than accept a confession of a suspect in one case, who'd broken down on his own. Essentially, the mention of the Golden State Killer in the summary is less a reference to the similarity of the crimes, and more an acknowledgement that the story is unfinished. The narration is fine as it goes, but it seems the narrator is only Canadian on very specific words, and even then, oddly so.

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  • Merkavius
  • 2019-11-02

All Wrong

As far as religion goes the facts are all wrong.
Might want to do some research first. To be honest the writer really has no idea what she’s talking about. Very ignorant. This book was extremely frustrating.

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