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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,923 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann Rule Narrator: Richard Ferrone Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781442343030
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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. Download and start listening now!

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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 Shana | 2/19/2014

    " A riveting account of a terrible crime. Another great page turner from Ann Rule. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Auriemma | 2/16/2014

    " 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 Elizabeth | 2/11/2014

    " Ann Rule has this genre down pat. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joyce Jellison | 2/10/2014

    " Any books I have read by Ann Rule were my feeble, inept attempts at feeding my bloodlust. She sucks..plain and simple. I have read her books and I am not proud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis | 2/8/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. the fact that this was a true story made mr cheer even more when justice was finally served. It was truly amazing how many people could be used by this jerk for so long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 1/30/2014

    " Based on real events. I picked this book b/c I enjoy true crime novels. I remember seeing the movie some yrs ago. Brad Cunningham bludgeons his estranged wife Cheryl to death and then pushes van onto the Sunset Freeway in Oregon hoping cars will pile into the vehicle, making the murder look like a traffic accident. Cunningham is a classic psychopath - he is predatory and extremely dangerous and has no remorse or welfare for human life. He had married and re-married multiple times, had seven or so kids, made and lost millions, a complete control freak, charming, macho, handsome, athletic, a wife beater without a conscience who thought he would get away with it all "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 1/26/2014

    " Couldn't get into this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 1/19/2014

    " Good read. Very interesting story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 1/17/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annette33 | 1/10/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 1/10/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Wescott | 1/7/2014

    " My Dad was a prison guard and this guy was in his prison. So guilty! Great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry Coffman | 1/7/2014

    " 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 Sharon Murphy | 1/2/2014

    " Anything written by this author is good. she does excellent research, and her books are an easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 12/28/2013

    " Stuck with me for weeks after reading it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dava | 12/27/2013

    " This is my first book that I read by this author. It got me hooked. I own every book by this author, including this one autographed! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gaya De vos | 12/8/2013

    " the best Ann rule ever.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 12/8/2013

    " It took me a while to finish this book, not because it wasn't interesting, but due to lots of other things going on. This is the 3rd Ann Rule book I've read and she has once again shown her talents in true crime storytelling. This dude was a real jerk and I'm glad got what he deserved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ideagirl Agirl | 6/22/2013

    " Well researched book, but I don't find Rule's writing style engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 6/22/2013

    " 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 Ainsley | 6/15/2013

    " Chilling as usual! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 2/24/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 8/30/2012

    " This book is my favorite of Ann Rule's. I'm not sure why, it just has an element to it that makes it very memorable (not that her other books aren't, just that it is that good). Anyone who reads this or any of Ann Rule's books will not be disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shasta | 6/2/2012

    " 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 Tricia Thompson | 2/24/2012

    " The Lifetime movie is even better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K | 11/10/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andi Fitzgerald | 11/3/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rod Zemke | 9/23/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy Henke | 8/19/2011

    " Captivating and thoroughly upsetting story, though I found myself struggling for the energy to read through parts of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leisha | 8/18/2011

    " This is my favorite Ann Rule book. You just have to read it to believe it. Great read. "

  • 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.

About the Narrator

Richard Ferrone, an Audie Award winner, has consistently received high praise from critics and fans alike for his audiobook performances for over twenty years. He has performed on and off Broadway and in regional theaters. His television appearances include Law & Order, Against the Law, Guiding Light, and One Life to Live.