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The Babysitter: My Summers with a Serial Killer

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Jennifer Jordan, Liza Rodman

Narrated By: Andi Arndt, Aida Reluzco

Date: March 2021

Duration: 9 hours 1 minutes

Summary:

#1 of 10 Best True Crime Books of the Year by Marie Claire
Named Most Anticipated Crime Book of the Year by CrimeReads

​​​A chilling true story—part memoir, part crime investigation—reminiscent of Ann Rule’s classic The Stranger Beside Me, about a little girl longing for love and how she found friendship with her charismatic babysitter—who was also a vicious serial killer.

Growing up on Cape Cod in the 1960s, Liza Rodman was a lonely little girl. During the summers, while her mother worked days in a local motel and danced most nights in the Provincetown bars, her babysitter—the kind, handsome handyman at the motel where her mother worked—took her and her sister on adventures in his truck. He bought them popsicles and together, they visited his “secret garden” in the Truro woods. To Liza, he was one of the few kind and understanding adults in her life. Everyone thought he was just a “great guy.”

But there was one thing she didn’t know; their babysitter was a serial killer.

Some of his victims were buried—in pieces—right there, in his garden in the woods. Though Tony Costa’s gruesome case made screaming headlines in 1969 and beyond, Liza never made the connection between her friendly babysitter and the infamous killer of numerous women, including four in Massachusetts, until decades later.

Haunted by nightmares and horrified by what she learned, Liza became obsessed with the case. Now, she and cowriter Jennifer Jordan reveal the chilling and unforgettable true story of a charming but brutal psychopath through the eyes of a young girl who once called him her friend.

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  • Anonymous

    I appreciate the authors extensive research around the riveting story of Tony Costa and her experiences with him as a child was interesting. I did not appreciate the authors repeated recall of her family life, as unfortunate as it was, which after a while seemed little more than a plea for sympathy. Too much complaining and the over and over sorry tale of “poor me”

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Lauren W.

    I very much liked this book, although I don’t typically read crime stories. I thought it was written so well and was compelling throughout. It is the authors first book. It was researched with an investigative journalist and the investigative effort that went into building this story I thought was very impressive. The first part of the book is two narratives, hers as a child, snd Costas ( the killer), and she tells his narrative through his perspective, his feelings snd thoughts, as she imagined them to be, during the period of time she was a child and spent time with him. When she becomes an adult her mother tells her he is a serial killer. At that point on, she tells the rest of the story about him from her perspective as an adult going back and uncovering his actions, and motivations as she sees it from piecing together all the records. It’s fascinating. Costa thought of himself as a hippy dude and she gets into his mind which I found fascinating. He commits murder when he is high on LSD and other drugs. She tells the story of an abusive mother juxtaposed with the “ kindness” she found and craved through costa when she was a child, it can be heartbreaking and chilling. But that she survives her mother is really the grace here. She does contemplate how close she might have come to being Costas victim when she was a child, but surviving her mother’s abuse to me was the amazing thing. Not just survived but wrote about it and told a fascinating story. I recommend the book.

  • Anonymous

    Great book! I couldn’t put it down

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