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The Parenticide Club

The Parenticide Club by Ambrose Bierce
By: (1842-1914?)

Ambrose Bierce (1842 – 1914?), best known as journalist, satirist and short story writer. Cynical in outlook, economical in style; Bierce vanished while an observer with Pancho Villa’s army.

Four grotesque short stories about murder within the family, seen through the gently innocent eyes of family members … usually the murderer himself.

  • My favorite murder (00:23)
  • Oil of Dog (20:13)
  • An Imperfect Conflagration (29:32)
  • The Hypnotist (37:14)

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THE PARENTICIDE CLUB

by

Ambrose Bierce

CONTENTS

My Favorite Murder Oil of Dog An Imperfect Conflagration The Hypnotist

MY FAVORITE MURDER

Having murdered my mother under circumstances of singular atrocity, I was arrested and put upon my trial, which lasted seven years. In charging the jury, the judge of the Court of Acquittal remarked that it was one of the most ghastly crimes that he had ever been called upon to explain away.

At this, my attorney rose and said:

"May it please your Honor, crimes are ghastly or agreeable only by comparison. If you were familiar with the details of my client's previous murder of his uncle you would discern in his later offense (if offense it may be called) something in the nature of tender forbearance and filial consideration for the feelings of the victim. The appalling ferocity of the former assassination was indeed inconsistent with any hypothesis but that of guilt; and had it not been for the fact that the honorable judge before whom he was tried was the president of a life insurance company that took risks on hanging, and in which my client held a policy, it is hard to see how he could decently have been acquitted... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - October 23, 2015
Subject: Memorable horror here!
I have listened to this recording several times and the content is still shocking. Peter has the perfect voice for Bierce's stories. Thank you for your awesome work!


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