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The Forest City Killer

A Serial Murderer, a Cold-Case Sleuth, and a Search for Justice
Written by: Vanessa Brown
Narrated by: Vivienne Leheny
Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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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Combing through the files Detective Alsop left behind, researcher Vanessa Brown reopens the cases, revealing previously unpublished witness statements, details of evidence, and astonishing revelations.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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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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  • 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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