Title: Man-Eater: The Terrifying True Story of Cannibal Killer Katherine Knight
Author: Ryan Green
Narrator: Steve White
On February 29, 2000, John Price took out a restraining order against his girlfriend, Katherine Knight. Later that day, he told his coworkers she had stabbed him and that if he were ever to go missing, it was because Knight had killed him.
The next day, Price didn’t show up for work.
A coworker was sent to check on him. They found a bloody handprint by the front door, and they immediately contacted the police. The local police force was not prepared for the chilling scene they were about to encounter.
Price’s body was found in a chair, legs crossed, with a bottle of lemonade under his arm. He’d been decapitated and skinned. The “skin-suit” was hanging from a meat hook in the living room, and his head was found in the kitchen, in a pot of vegetables that was still warm. There were two plates on the dining table; each had the name of one of Price’s children on it.
She was attempting to serve his body parts to his children.
Man-Eater is a dramatic and gripping account of the first women in Australia to be given a life sentence without parole and a special addendum “never to be released”. Ryan Green’s riveting narrative draws the listener into the real-life horror experienced by the victim and has all the elements of a classic thriller.
Caution: This audiobook contains descriptive accounts of abuse and violence. If you are especially sensitive to this material, it might be advisable not to go any further
Katherine Knight was a trip from the start of the book to the end. It’s rare to read about female serial killers, but Knight certainly had the mentality for it. For everything that she did, from the bar fights to killing her husband to attempting to kill her child, I was surprised that she didn’t spend much longer in a mental institute. It seemed as if she had a lot wrong with her brain, especially when it came to her anger and impulse control. The thought that she tried to feed kids their father is especially haunting.
More haunting to realize that there are other people like her who are out in the world somewhere. Absolutely chilling how cold some humans can be. Possibly even worse to consider the fact that Katherine felt as if her actions were justified. People get caught in the stigma that men are the perpetrators of domestic violence, but Katherine Knight was a shining example that women can be violent toward their partners too.
Narration was smooth and accompanied the material well as always.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.