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The Whistler: Notes on Murder by Jim Widner by Jim Widner

The Whistler: Notes on Murder by Jim Widner by Jim Widner
Audiobook Unabridged | English | June 30, 2008 | ISBN: 1570198586 | ASIN: B01K2KEVNE | mp3 | 1 ch 32 Kbps | 93 hrs 22 min | 1.25 GB

You're walking alone on the street at night, but then you hear another set of footsteps and a haunting tune being whistled by an unseen stranger. Fritz Lang used such a premise in his 1930s German movie with Peter Lorre playing M, a psychopathic murderer of children. But the American radio series that used that scenario every week was just as creepy. The unseen Whistler didn't kill anyone (that we know of), but he certainly loved watching murders take place, narrating them for us, and chuckling at the suffering of others instead of doing anything to stop it. Unlike M, he was never arrested. He kept walking the streets every week for thirteen long years, whistling his ominous thirteen notes and telling us another tale of bizarre fate. Perhaps Fate is who the Whistler really was? He never provided any surname, and the killer was usually punished by some twist of fate that only the Whistler seemed to expect. It is likely The Whistler was inspired by The Shadow, which began nearly a decade earlier. Like the Shadow, the Whistler seemed to enter and exit the criminal underworld without ever being seen. He would watch the evil-doers carry out their schemes, yet they never saw him, even though he would tell us what they were thinking in his presence. His voice sounded equally sinister to the Shadow, too. It was a slithering tenor, hissing the "s's" and often laughing "heh-heh-heh-heh-heh!" at the foolishness of the guilty. Both series had similar opening lines: The Shadow "knew what evil lurked in the hearts of men", whereas the Whistler "knows many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows."

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