Mark Twain wrote: Figures often beguile me, particularly when I have the arranging of them myself; in which case the remark attributed to Disraeli would often apply with justice and force: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics."
Category: Nonfiction: True Crime
Average Rating: 3.0
Obeying Evil presents the shocking true story of Ronald Gene Simmons and the most disturbing family killing spree in the United States. Over the course of a week in 1987, he murdered 14 members of his own family, a former co-worker, and a stranger.
In 1979, Simmons retired as an Air Force Master Sergeant following 20 years of service. The instability that followed his military days exacerbated his desire for control over his family. Simmons used intimidation, humiliation, and violence to assert dominance over all but one of his family members. He allowed a softer side to surface for his favourite daughter, Sheila, whom he forced into an incestuous relationship and eventually fathered her child. His need for total control led to isolation within his family and an inability to hold down a job. His frustration grew to untold levels when Sheila left the family home and married another man.
With his plans in ruin and his grip softening, Simmons surprisingly supported his family's desire for a big Christmas celebration. The stage was set for a heartwarming reunion but he had laid a very different set of plans.
Obeying Evil portrays the 'Mockingbird Hill Massacre' from the perspective of Ronald Gene Simmons. It's a shocking true story about dominance, intimidation, and extreme violence.
This is an extraordinary case. Unfortunately, this "book" is far too brief. At barely 3 hours, it can hardly be considered a book. More information and background is needed about the victims, especially the family members. Ages and relationships need clarification.
Steve White delivers a satisfactory performance. There's no dialog, so distinctive voicing isn't a factor in this audiobook.
NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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