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  • The Hunt for the Silver Killer

  • The Shocking True Story of a Murderer Who Remains at Large
  • By: David Collins
  • Narrated by: Nick Biadon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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Summary

Following a long investigation by the world-famous Sunday Times Insight team, David Collins tells the truly unique story of a string of murder-suicides in north-west England and poses the terrifying question: are they the work of a serial killer who has been operating undetected since the mid-'90s?

In 1996 and 1999, two elderly couples died in the small town of Wilmslow, Cheshire. In each case, the husband was blamed for turning berserk and killing his wife using a horrifying level of violence. The police failed to make a link between the deaths—despite the similarities. That might have been the end of the matter. But when two coroner's officers began to piece together the evidence, it revealed a pattern which may prove the existence of a sadistic attacker known as 'the Silver Killer'. Using interviews with dozens of witnesses, including police investigators, forensic and crime scene experts, coroner's officers and family members, the author pieces together the clues in an attempt to solve the mystery of what really happened.

A gripping true-crime investigation, this audiobook reveals how suspicions were aroused and set investigators on a new trail to uncover the truth. Collins, whose reporting helped the police to convict the serial killer Levi Bellfield of killing Milly Dowler, has written a brilliant account of a crime that nearly went undiscovered which is sure to become a classic of the genre.

©2022 David Collins (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, UK

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"A truly astonishing murder mystery—this is proper journalism." (Jeremy Clarkson)

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Compelling & brilliantly written

Over 7 hours of listening flew by. Deeply frustrating behaviour from the Police - arrogant, ignorant and void of empathy for the families. It’s about time the Police were dragged into this Century and remove the old establishment. Hurrah for David Collins wonderful journalism and please make sure that Stephanie Davies knows she’s hugely admired and an inspirational woman - don’t let the arseholes get you down.

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Well that’s 2 hours of my life I’ll never get back.

I can’t really reveal much without spoiling it. Let’s just say it leaves you guessing.

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Enlightening

Well narrated and extremely interesting.
The author gives enough details to feel informed enough so to allow you to draw your own conclusions from these double murders which although living not far away, I had no idea about.
They are sympathetic to the the families and people who first recognised similarities between the cases and allow you to understand why they take that stand. It outlines what I consider to be unforgivable police failings and the reaction of the force which is quite staggering.
This book is definitely worth a read. Twice.

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Very Interesting

This is an amazing story of how the Police in Cheshire totally stuck thier heads in the sand .
The tale has no ending as the killer has not as far been caught overall and good listern

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excellent read

excellent read well written lots of detailed information on the case hopefully this will lead to more probing into the case

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At a loss for words

This is a compelling listen and the performance is excellent, being calm and measured, which is essential because the subject matter is distressing.
I raced through it in a couple of days, not wanting to listen to anything else. I am horrified but sadly not surprised to hear that the response of the police to being found to be potentially in error is to try and shoot the messenger, rather than admit fault.
I had heard of these cases before and was vaguely aware of the story, but the details of the inadequacies of the official explanation laid out here is heartbreaking. This is proper journalism. We must create a mechanism to force police forces to reconsider in circumstances such as these. Nobody can learn from their mistakes if they're able to refuse to acknowledge that they've even made any.