Couple Found Slain: After a Family Murder Audiobook, by Mikita Brottman Play Audiobook Sample

Couple Found Slain: After a Family Murder Audiobook

Couple Found Slain: After a Family Murder Audiobook, by Mikita Brottman Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Christina Delaine, Mikita Brottman Publisher: Macmillan Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: July 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781250806970

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Longest Chapter Length:

37:51 minutes

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29 seconds

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22:48 minutes

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This program includes an introduction read by the author. Critically acclaimed author and psychoanalyst Mikita Brottman offers literary true crime writing at its best, taking us into the life of a murderer after his conviction—when most stories end but the defendant's life goes on. On February 21, 1992, 22-year-old Brian Bechtold walked into a police station in Port St. Joe, Florida and confessed that he’d shot and killed his parents in their family home in Silver Spring, Maryland. He said he’d been possessed by the devil. He was eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia and ruled “not criminally responsible” for the murders on grounds of insanity. But after the trial, where do the "criminally insane" go? Brottman reveals Brian's inner life leading up to the murder, as well as his complicated afterlife in a maximum security psychiatric hospital, where he is neither imprisoned nor free. During his 27 years at the hospital, Brian has tried to escape and been shot by police, and has witnessed three patient-on-patient murders. He’s experienced the drugging of patients beyond recognition, a sadistic system of rewards and punishments, and the short-lived reign of a crazed psychiatrist-turned-stalker. In the tradition of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Couple Found Slain is an insider’s account of life in the underworld of forensic psych wards in America and the forgotten lives of those held there, often indefinitely. A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Company

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"This is the true-crime story of Brian Bechtold, who after walking into the police department to confess that he'd shot and killed his parents in their home was sentenced to a maximum security psychiatric hospital, where he is neither imprisoned or free. Mikita Brottman details the childhood that led up to the murders, as well as, the complicated afterlife that resulted after the crime - including his 27 years as an inmate in a forensic psych ward. "

— Julie (5 out of 5 stars)

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About Mikita Brottman

Mikita Brottman, PhD, is an Oxford-educated scholar, author, and psychoanalyst. She has written several previous books, including The Great Grisby and Thirteen Girls, and is a professor of humanities at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She lives in Baltimore and continues with her weekly reading group at Jessup Correctional Institution.

About Christina Delaine

Christina Delaine is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator and accomplished stage actress. Her theater credits include Jewtopia, the longest-running comedy in Off-Broadway history, and the title role in Antigone at both Portland Center Stage and Kentucky Repertory Theatre. She holds a BA degree from Dartmouth College and an MFA in acting from Brown University.