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The Burn Farm

by Michael Benson

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Draws on victim recordings and perpetrator statements to trace the story of serial murderer Sheila LaBarre, describing how she sexually tormented troubled young men before brutally murdering them at her remote farmhouse.
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Crazy story about a crazy woman but not that crazy that she did not know what she was doing? or was she insane?

A lot of trial in this book. Interesting stuff so I did not mind that much. 3.5 ( )
  Marlene-NL | Apr 12, 2013 |
The Burn Farm is another book regarding the life, arrest and trial of serial killer Sheila LaBarre, who preyed upon mentally underdeveloped men and took them as lovers and workers on her farm only to begin abusing them horribly and eventually murdering them and destroying their remains by incineration on her property. Although The Burn Farm repeats a lot of the same details contained in Wicked Intentions, written by a reporter who covered the case, I think The Burn Arm delves more into the perpetrator's sick mind through its publication of numerous excerpts of recordings made by Ms. LaBarre in connection with the torture of her victims, as well as statements by some of those who managed to escape before it was too late. It will really make you wonder about the girl next door! ( )
  pearl51 | Oct 10, 2011 |
This book was a little hard to read. It was on the boring side of true-crime books in that it didn't really tell the facts in a story manner but instead just plopped the facts down. It also had a haphazard style of writing. Found myself trying to piece things together a lot, which, sometimes works, but not in this book. I was quite often frustrated with the jumping around. Parts of the book were better but sadly too few for me to give it a higher rating.

What kept me going was what the outcome was going to be as far as would the jury find her sane or not. For true crime fans out there, if you can get beyond the slapping facts at you in a 'here's another fact for you' manner, it is an intriguing look into what is insane and what is just calculating and manipulative behavior. ( )
  justablondemoment | Jul 10, 2010 |
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To all of the victims, still here and gone, known and unknown
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(Foreward) This story takes place in a nightmarish world that New England tourists don't get to see, a hardscrabble world of harsh climate, poverty, low-level crime, and desperation-a world populated by outlanders, bikers, and the dispossessed.
It was like an X-rated retelling of "Hansel and Gretel."
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