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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,917 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann Rule Narrator: Sharon Gless Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 1995 ISBN: 9780743545853
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Newly reissued, the chilling true story of Bradly Morris Cunningham, the handsome and successful entrepreneur adored by five beautiful and brilliant women who gave him everything he ever wanted—including their very lives.

When attorney Cheryl Keeton’s brutally bludgeoned body was found in her van in the fast lane of an Oregon freeway, her husband, Brad Cunningham, was the likely suspect. But there was no solid evidence linking him to the crime. He married again, for the fifth time, and his stunning new wife, a physician named Sara, adopted his three sons. They all settled down to family life on a luxurious estate. But gradually, their marriage became a nightmare....

In this gripping account of Cheryl’s murder, Ann Rule takes us from Brad’s troubled boyhood to one of the most bizarre trials in legal history, uncovering multiple marriages, financial manipulations, infidelities, and monstrous acts of harassment and revenge along the way. “A perceptive character analysis of a malignant, self-centered, charismatic con artist,” (Publishers Weekly) this is a fascinating and haunting tale.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rule provides a perceptive character analysis of a malignant, self-centered, charismatic con artist. It’s a chilling, haunting portrait.”   

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Rule’s writing is crisp and well paced, full of details that give the reader clear insight into circumstances and surroundings, as well as motive. Not only is Cunningham revealed as a master of manipulation and, ultimately, murder, but with the added dimension of sociopath-one who is absolutely unfazed by his crimes. Rule, if possible, has outdone herself.”  

    Library Journal

  • “Through Rule’s exhaustive psychological retrospective, Cunningham emerges as a sadistic, maladaptive depressive, whose dark side is eventually exposed. Narrator Richard Ferrone’s sexy, intimate reading style is hypnotic as Cunningham seduces, then marries each of five women.” 

    AudioFile

  • “Sufficiently creepy stuff from the master of true crime…Rule keeps the reader’s expectations roiling during the years it takes Oregon police to solve the crime, and the life she examines is indeed a strange one.”  

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 2/17/2014

    " I am an avid True Crime Reader and Ann Rule has that market cornered with no competition. This was the first one I read of hers,and she is a superb"historian". She really gets the story and tells it with such empathy. I am an Ann Rule addict. The unfortunate part of this, is that there is always a true life horrendous story that is being told. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bree Kramer | 2/2/2014

    " As usual a very exciting and disturbing book! It's hard to believe the things people will do! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 2/2/2014

    " Very interesting book. Recommended. Ann is the best in the true crime genre. She has been around for many years has alot of great books.Check her out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric Shaffer | 2/1/2014

    " An absorbing read: this is a good book for travel since it can be opened and closed quickly without losing track of the major elements of the story. Scary stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chantal | 1/31/2014

    " Ann Rule has lead the reader through one man's life as he destroys life after life, if not literally figuratively. You almost wonder at the start, how can the police not KNOW he did this?!?!?! Then you find yourself relating to events, to people who've woven believable tales and before you know it, you're feeling as mislead as the detectives that worked the case! Thank goodness for one cautious driver and another Ann Rule favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annette33 | 1/27/2014

    " Slow getting into, but then I couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 big hiker 2 | 1/22/2014

    " RIP Cheryl. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gaya De vos | 1/16/2014

    " the best Ann rule ever.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 1/5/2014

    " Great book... I love her books... very easy to read and follow but keeps you wanting more... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 1/1/2014

    " excellent book, such a sad end to the wife he killed. Glad he was caught. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 1/1/2014

    " THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE ANN RULE BOOKS.THIS CRIME OCCURRED ALMOST IN MY BACK YARD "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin Hanes | 12/27/2013

    " I like all the Anne Rule books I've read so far. True crime intrigues me, especially when it happens in Portland and Seattle, places I can relate to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ainsley | 12/26/2013

    " Chilling as usual! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 12/23/2013

    " Couldn't get into this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karlin | 12/21/2013

    " why or why do i keep reading books about antisocial personalities. The husband in this true crime story is a real monster and it is frightening how many intelligent successful women fall for him before he is finally sent to jail. Antoher good Ann Rule true crime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 12/1/2013

    " There are some very scary and insane people in this world! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 8/23/2013

    " Couldn't put it down. Great true story about Brad Cunningham. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eva Leger | 8/16/2013

    " I read this so long ago that I can't remember details but I haven't come across an Ann Rule book yet that I haven't thought was well written and well worth the time spent reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 8/14/2013

    " In Seattle. Kills wife and plants car and body on hwy 26, to look like auto accident "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela Dominguez | 5/25/2013

    " Very good book by Ann Rule. Sad what happened in this story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa Perfetto | 2/22/2013

    " One of my favorites and firsts if Rules "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ch_kendrachristo | 1/22/2013

    " Juicy read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elorra | 1/21/2013

    " Especially good since my husband was one of the Houston lawyers working on this guy's lawsuit and spoke with this killer daily for weeks. Creepy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kissa | 11/16/2012

    " This was an interesting book but too detailed for me. I thought it was more fiction than non-fiction. My mother absolutely loves Ann Rule and assures me that her other books are more intriguing. I'll read another one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 10/5/2012

    " This was my first Ann Rule book. We were living in the Portland area at the time and it was recommended. A compelling story, but depressing to see the dark side of people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaisey | 9/12/2012

    " Creepy cuz after the fact I realized I knew one of the kids in it... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorothy | 6/30/2012

    " Amazing how deceptive people can be--the end justifies the means. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andi Fitzgerald | 10/26/2011

    " One of my favorites. It is amazing what can get done in civil court that cannot happen in criminal court. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Peake | 10/22/2011

    " How could smart women fall for such a mean sleaze. This man has issues and I hope he never sees the outside of prison in his lifetime. He's just too dangerous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K | 8/9/2011

    " Pretty dumb woman, very clueless, didn't see it coming at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 5/4/2011

    " Another good book by Ann Rule. It has the reader wondering what if certain things had happened, it could have saved this woman's life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kjerstine | 1/11/2011

    " A local true murder mystery. I liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 12/25/2010

    " An absorbing read: this is a good book for travel since it can be opened and closed quickly without losing track of the major elements of the story. Scary stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tricia | 10/22/2010

    " The Lifetime movie is even better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 10/19/2010

    " Amazing True crime author. If you want true crime books, Ann Rule is the best! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rod | 8/7/2010

    " 4.5--the best true-crime writer out there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karlin | 6/23/2010

    " why or why do i keep reading books about antisocial personalities. The husband in this true crime story is a real monster and it is frightening how many intelligent successful women fall for him before he is finally sent to jail. Antoher good Ann Rule true crime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shasta | 6/1/2010

    " As compelling and disturbing as any scripted show, but unfortunately it falls apart at the end. I don't know if it's the fault of the loony husband or the repetition, but the end of was very anticlimactic. I couldn't help but think, after all these years, that's it? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/10/2010

    " Ann Rule has this genre down pat. "

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About the Author
Author Ann Rule

Ann Rule (1930 or 1931–2015) was a former Seattle policewoman and the author of more than two dozen New York Times bestsellers. Eight of her books have been made into movies for television, and she won the Peabody Award for her miniseries, Small Sacrifices. She also won two Anthony Awards and was nominated for an Edgar Award three times. Aside from being a writer, she was a certified instructor for police training seminars and lectured frequently to law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and forensic science organizations.