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

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Pete Earley

Narrated By: Alan Sklar

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: January 2012

Duration: 13 hours 17 minutes


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.


  • Anonymous

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Vera L

    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.


    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.

  • Ariel Burton

    Excellent listen! Another fabulous true crime listen!

  • Michael Gonzales

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

  • Mary Olp

    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.

  • Larry Lonsby

    Very descriptive and opens the world of dark and shady lifestyle of the serial killers. excellent yet terrifying journey.

  • Tina Perez

    A must read book!! If you like True Crime novels. Than this is must!! The narrator did a very good job!!

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