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

Version: Unabridged
Author: Pete Earley
Narrator: Alan Sklar
Genres: True Crime
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Published In: January 2012
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 13 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

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.

Reviews (12)

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Written by J R. on September 6th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

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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Written by Anonymous on September 5th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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.

Written by Lily R. on August 23rd, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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

Written by Debra R. on August 3rd, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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.

Written by Vera L on February 21st, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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.

Written by Anonymous on February 7th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

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

Written by ERICA LATOUR on March 18th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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.

Written by Ariel Burton on December 6th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent listen! Another fabulous true crime listen!

Written by Michael Gonzales on October 1st, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

It is a very interesting book, with a lot of detail to the crimes committed by the serial killers that Tony was corresponding with.

Written by Mary Olp on May 6th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is a VERY GRAPHIC book. If you have ever been interested in how serial killers think this is great insight. If you are squeamish or don't like to know awful details about murder or rape and so on this may not be the book for you.

Author Details

Author Details

Earley, Pete

Pete Earley is a former Washington Post reporter and winner of the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar for Best Fact Crime Book in 1996 for" Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town," His book, which also won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, helped free an innocent man from Alabama's death row. Earley's account of the John Walker spy ring, "Family of Spies," was a New York Times bestseller and CBS mini-series." The Hot House: Life Inside Leavenworth Prison" was a national bestseller and was based on a year that Earley spent inside a maximum security federal prison a