CALL ME GOD | Jim Clemente, Tim Clemente, & Peter McDonnell
10.24.2019 | Audible Original
Rating: 5/5 stars
On October 2, 2002 shots rang out outside a Michael’s craft store in Aspen Hill, Maryland. These events would spark a twenty-three day reign of terror throughout Maryland and Virginia as residents feared for a killer known as the D.C. Sniper. Random attacks throughout the region at everyday places like hardware stores and gas pumps put citizens in fear for their lives. This is the story of the turbulent investigation that brought down John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo.
CALL ME GOD is everything a reader could want from an audiobook. This story is told through the voices of those who investigated the cases and those who were victims. The narrative isn’t told from someone not involved, but from those directly connected to the D.C. Snipers. It felt as if I had started a podcast or was listening to an episode of Dateline the way multiple points of view were shared to unfold the case. From the moment I started the audiobook I didn’t want to stop!
I was absolutely floored by the level of detail shared in this audiobook. I learned many details about Muhammad and Malvo that I had never heard before. I saw through the eyes of those responsible for working the cases, the methods they used, and the tireless devotion they had to the case. In addition, the stories from those who lost loved ones were heartbreaking. The authors did a brilliant job of balancing facts and emotional responses to keep the reader engaged.
This book is a must listen for any fan of true crime! As someone who has lived their entire life in the MD/DC/VA area this story struck particularly close to home. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of driving past one of the locations mentioned while listening to someone talk about what happened there. I vividly remember living through these events and I won’t lie that there were tears in my eyes, listening to the case be retold to me. I think that this story has the ability to bring those emotions on anyone. Often we feel that true crime stories will never happen to us. We would never get in that car or fall for someone’s tricks. We all have to go to the store, we all have to run errands, we all have to leave our house. That’s all the victims of the D.C. Snipers were doing. The horror lies in how easily anyone could have been their next target.
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