Title: The Kuřim Case: A Terrifying True Story of Child Abuse, Cults, & Cannibalism
Author: Ryan Green
Narrator: Ernie Sprance
In May of 2007, in a small, quiet town in the South Moravia region of the Czech Republic, a technical glitch – a simple, accidental crossing of signals – revealed a terrible case of child abuse, and an entire nation watched transfixed with horror as the grisly extent of the perversion of the maternal instinct was revealed. Two small brothers named Jakub and Ondrej, nine and seven years old respectively, were revealed to have suffered confinement, mutilation, psychological brutality, and cannibalism at the hands of several people – foremost among them their own mother and her sister.
The ensuing investigation and trial captivated the country as a web of secrecy and manipulation was laid bare. That entire nation’s attention was transfixed as the disappearance of a teenage girl revealed a daring case of concealed identity and international intrigue, culminating in a 1,000-mile chase in the depths of a Scandinavian winter.
The allegations that were levelled would keep any parent of a young child awake at night. A secretive cult operating in close proximity to children: stealing, forging medical records, and possibly attempting to create a new messiah were in full swing. All the while its members appeared, on the surface, to be models of excellent caregivers.
This is the story of the infamous Kuřim Case, an investigation that engrossed the public and media of a whole country for two years. It is a story of intense cruelty and sadism, inflicted on the most vulnerable members of society.
If you are especially sensitive to accounts of the suffering of children, you may find it advisable not to listen any farther.
If, however, you seek to understand the darker side of human nature by coming face to face with it, then this audiobook is for you.
Whenever children are involved in true crime, it’s a horrible thing to listen to. While this audiobook wasn’t easy to stomach, Ryan Green has a way of presenting information that’s easier to digest. I think the most shocking part about this book was the fact that usually perpetrators end up that way because they face atrocious as children. These people, however, didn’t have that, and the horrors they were able to inflict were unthinkable.
This book was one that really explores the depths of human nature and the darkness it can be capable of. I always think it’s interesting to see what turns people to doing things like this, and the scary part about it, is that people don’t always have a reason. Sometimes, they just make the choice.
Narration had an even cadence, punctuating the material in an easy to listen to way.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.