Title: The Ryan Green Collection: Volume 2
Author: Ryan Green
Narrator: Steve White
Four chilling true crime stories in one collection, from the best-selling author Ryan Green.
Volume two contains some of Green’s most fascinating accounts of violence, abuse, deception, and murder. Within this collection, you’ll receive: Obeying Evil: The Mockingbird Hill Massacre Through the Eyes of a Killer, the shocking true story of Ronald Gene Simmons and the most disturbing family killing spree in the United States. During the Christmas Holidays in 1987, the retired Air Force Master Sergeant executed 16 people, 14 of which were members of his family. This included his daughter, whom he had sexually abused, and the child he had fathered with her.
The Truro Murders: The Sex Killing Spree Through the Eyes of an Accomplice:James Miller, an aging misfit, meets his one true love – Christopher Worrell, a young, charismatic sociopath – in prison. Miller stops at nothing to meet the demands of his sadistic friend in an attempt to take the relationship to another level.
Sinclair: The World’s End Murders Through the Eyes of a Killer: The naked bodies of two teenage girls were discovered the morning after a night out in Edinburgh. No attempt had been made to conceal their bodies. They were six miles apart, and both girls had been beaten, gagged, tied, raped, and strangled.
You Think You Know Me: The True Story of Herb Baumeister and the Horror at Fox Hollow Farm: Herb Baumeister was a husband, father of three, and successful businessman – but he was hiding a very dark secret. In June 1996, police uncovered the remains of eleven bodies within the family estate.
Obeying Evil: This book gives a very good look into the life of a twisted individual. While I’ve studied a lot of true crime, I’ve never heard of Arkansas’ most dangerous serial killer, Ronald Gene Simmons, before this book. After listening, I think I’ve learned enough to know just how disturbing all his crimes actually were. The author’s prose throughout left some intriguing questions as well as one at the end in which he poses the idea that it is easier to believe this killer was a highly intelligent psychopath rather than believing than a sane person could be capable of doing everything he did.
The Truro Murders: I was torn on how I felt about this one. While Christopher Worrell was clearly a monster, I felt bad for James Miller. It seemed as if he wanted love so badly that he deemed himself unworthy of doing anything else. It was sad to see just how much he tried to do to get Christopher’s attention, and how the killer used that to further his own pleasure. This story reminded me of a Shakespearian Tragedy.
Sinclair: I had never heard about Angus Sinclair before selecting this audiobook, but Ryan Green has a way of choosing interesting serial killers and delving into their truth. Sinclair was truly a spine-chilling person to learn about. His crimes are dark and ghastly. It leaves you to wonder exactly how a person gets to that point. I’ve read a lot of true crime so not much bothers me at this point. Angus Sinclair did. The poignant way Ryan Green has of telling the story from the killer’s POV especially made this work difficult to stomach.
You Think You Know Me: It’s always the one you least suspect. As always, this was a chilling piece by Ryan Green. The prose made it easier to imagine why Herb did the things that he did. There is lots of gore and hard to digest scenes (that comes with a book about a prolific serial killer) but that allowed us readers to really get into the mind of this psychopath though the end of Herb’s story was definitely disappointing to me. (Not a fault of the author’s, just reality!)
Steve White’s narration has the perfect cadence and tone for each of these stories, beautifully bringing the horrific subjects of these audiobooks to life as always.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.