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  • Doctor Satan

  • A Despicable True Story of Hope, Exploitation, Greed and Murder
  • By: Ryan Green
  • Narrated by: Steve White
  • Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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By: Ryan Green
Narrated by: Steve White
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Summary

In March 1944, as the Nazis occupied Paris, the French Police and Fire Brigade were called to investigate a vile-smelling black smoke that had been pouring from the chimney of 21 Rue Le Sueur for days. Inside the house, they were confronted with a scene from a nightmare. 

The thick black smoke was rising from a series of wood-burning stoves throughout the property that were stocked with human remains. In the basement, they discovered a furnace with larger body parts and a pit filled with quicklime and decay. There were suitcases full of the deceased’s belongings, and in the other rooms, they came upon something like a factory line of bodies. This was not mere murder - it was methodical processing of corpses. 

The homeowner was Dr. Marcel Petiot, an admired and charismatic physician. When questioned, Dr. Petiot claimed that he was a part of the Resistance and the bodies they discovered belonged to Nazi collaborators that he killed for the cause. The French police, resentful of Nazi occupation and confused by a rational alternative, allowed him to leave. 

Was the respected doctor a clandestine hero fighting for national liberty or a deviant using dire domestic circumstances to his advantage? One thing is for certain: The police and the Nazis both wanted to get their hands on Dr. Marcel Petiot to find out the truth. 

Doctor Satan is a chilling account of Dr. Marcel Petiot and one of the most disturbing true crime stories in French history. Ryan Green’s riveting narrative draws the listener into the real-live horror experienced by the victims and has all the elements of a classic thriller. 

CAUTION: This book contains descriptive accounts of torture, abuse, and violence. If you are especially sensitive to this material, it might be advisable not to listen any further.

©2021 Ryan Green (P)2021 Ryan Green

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Holy Crap

The most prolific mass murderer of France was actually a war hero and spy master of WWII that helped bring down Nazis. How does a sociopath from birth does one hell of a 180? A narcissist, rapist, murderer, embezzler, noted crimanly insane soldier by France, theif, reinlisted (under a fake identity), great doctor, spy master for the CIA, and WWI soldier hero. It's hard to believe it's a true story because it sounds like a fiction spy novel by Vincent Zandri. Wow is all their is to say.

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Very Good

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I honestly have no words to describe Marcel Petiot, one of the most horrendous mass murderers in French history. Green did a very good job at holding my interest and included a lot of details about WWII in France to supplement the effects and reasons for what Petiot did. It was well written and held a steady pace.

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Dark But Fascinating!

Fantastic and perfect how Ryan describes in detail, how someone like Doctor Satan could live and operate in such nasty times in Nazi occupied Paris let alone the idea of a serial killer “working” at the same time hadn’t even crossed my mind.

The narrator Steve does a fantastic job and is always a pleasure to listen to.

Top Marks to both Author and Narrator 👍

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  • SisterSeven
  • 25-01-22

Rollercoaster ride with a true PSYCHOPATH

The term PSYCOPATH is all too often slung on the face of a killer, rapist, mass murderer, etc. But here indeed, without question, is the true life story of a 100% certifiable psychopath! The gruesome tasks this man (Doctor Satan) is able to accomplish without the slightest hint of a conscious, is what deems him truly psychotic.
Ryan Green has once again plucked out a deviant from the horrors of history and takes us on an unbelievable rollercoaster ride through his life of crime. Although it is one of Green's shorter stories, an incredible amount of twists and turns are partaken as he navigates us through both the successes and the defeats of the soulless doctor.
The story is excellently narrated by Steve White, whose soothing tone whilst describing the most atrocious acts, adds a fiendishly delectable quality to the whole experience.
My only complaint, which is actually a pet peeve aimed at ALL writers and not just Green in particular, is that : Opening the book with the best part, or what could be defined as the "climax" feels like such a betrayal. I get that the writer wants to draw the listeners in, but it's just such a let down when you anxiously come upon the climax to then realise you'd already heard it in the opening chapter. Nonetheless, Green is still my favourite TC author and this is the only book in which I felt he did that.

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  • txdoc
  • 17-12-21

True crime at its finest & most fiendish!

Ryan Green has, once again, offered a jaw-dropping account of someone so complex and convoluted that his exploits defy imagination. This well-crafted, in-depth examination of Marcel Petiot, known as Doctor Satan, will hold your attention from start to finish. I chose to listen to the audiobook, narrated by the incomparable Steve White, Whether you are familiar with Dr. Petiot's crimes or not, I think you will find this account of his life to be wholly absorbing, utterly revolting, and yet, completely compelling. The idea that a man, under the right circumstances, can function in society as a competent physician while also struggling with mental illness and addiction is not as foreign as we might like – there are numerous contemporary examples to choose from. The story of Marcel Petiot, however, only begins with those issues. He was a sadistic serial killer who amassed a revoltingly impressive number of victims, a soldier who fought fearlessly against the occupation of his beloved France, a spy who traded secrets to both the Allies and the Nazis, a proud politician respected and beloved by his community, and a family man who worked tirelessly to provide security and luxury to his wife and children (albeit at the expense of his unfortunate victims). Such is the complicated and complex story of Marcel Petiot. This is a “must-not-miss” exposé for all true crime enthusiasts.

I was provided with a copy of this audiobook, for which I thank the author, but my review is entirely voluntary, and reflects my honest and unbiased opinion.

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  • Ashley Hedden
  • 03-07-22

Great True Crime Story

Doctor Satan: A Despicable True Story of Hope, Exploitation, Greed and Murder (Ryan Green's True Crime) was a great read by Ryan Green. March 1944, the French Police and Fire Brigade were called to investigate a vile-smelling black smoke that poured out of the chimney of 21 Rue La Sueur for days. There was thick black smoke coming from the wood burning stoves throughout the property that were stocked with human remains. They discovered a furnace with larger body parts in the basement. Dr. Marcel Petiot is the homeowner is an admired physician. He claimed he was part of the Resistance and they bodies were of Nazi collaborators. This was a good true crime story and can't wait to read more by the author.

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  • Heather
  • 20-02-22

Wonderfully thought provoking

Ryan Green is always a fantastic writer, pulling the reader in and capturing them with fascinating facts, and imagery and this book is no different. The amazing telling of a French serial killer who liver through both world wars and is in my opinion is a must read for anyone into true crime

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  • Cheryl
  • 14-02-22

Doctor Satan...

I had not heard of Marcel Petiot before reading this book. It was interesting and hard to put down.