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The Killing Kind

M. William Phelps

ISBN 9781617734458
Publish Date 6/24/2014
Format Hardcover
Categories True Crime, Pinnacle

She was seventeen years old, a beautiful girl with a Hollywood smile and luminous brown eyes. Sprawled in a culvert just off the gravel road like an abandoned doll, she wore only toe socks, a sweatshirt, and a necklace. She was not the killer's first victim. Nor would she be his last.

The lush, green hills that mark the border of North and South Carolina are home to a close-knit community. When the savaged remains of high-spirited Heather Catterton and sweet-natured Randi Saldana were found and a local man was linked to their murders, residents were forced to face an evil in their midst. The killer was one of their own . . .

Danny Hembree was far from being an upright, law-abiding citizen. But he was part of the fabric of the local scene, devoted to his mother and sister. No one saw him as a remorseless killer who preyed on those who trusted him. When questioned by police, Hembree didn't just play cat-and-mouse and then confess. He bragged. Taunted. Laughed about his merciless deeds.

In The Killing Kind acclaimed, award-winning investigative crime journalist M. William Phelps delves into the background of Hembree's victims, bringing readers into their lives in intimate detail. With exclusive information from detectives and prosecutors, Phelps reconstructs the chilling clues that led to Hembree's arrest, and the media sensation surrounding his trial, mistrial, and ultimate conviction.

As the victims' loved ones attempt to heal, Hembree continues to widen the scope of his crimes from behind bars. M. William Phelps draws on interviews and correspondence with the serial killer himself, bringing readers into the mind of a murderer – and into the heart of a real-life story of bloodshed, tears, and the long road to justice.

About M. William Phelps:

Serial killer expert, lecturer and acclaimed investigative journalist M. William Phelps is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of 26 nonfiction books and a serial killer thriller, The Dead Soul.

Winner of 2008 New England Book Festival Award for I’ll Be Watching You, and the Excellence in Journalism award from the Society of Professional Journalists for his Connecticut Magazine article “Blonde, Blue-eyed & Gone,” Phelps has appeared on CBS’s “Early Show,” The Discovery Channel, ABC’s “Good Morning America,” NBC’s “Today Show,” “The View,” TLC, BIO, History Channel, Geraldo At Large, Oxygen’s “Snapped,” “Killer Couples,” and “Captured,” USA Radio Network, Catholic Radio, ABC News Radio and Radio America, which calls him “the nation’s leading authority on the mind of the female murderer.”

He’s written for the Providence Journal, Hartford Courant, Connecticut Magazine, and the New London Day. Profiled in such noted publications as Writer's Digest, NY Daily News, Newsday, Albany Times-Union, Hartford Courant, and NY Post, Phelps has also consulted for the Showtime cable television series Dexter. He lives in a small Connecticut farming community and can be reached at his author Website, www.mwilliamphelps.com.

Look for Phelps’s television series on Investigation Discovery, “Dark Minds,” focusing on his travels investigating unsolved serial killer cases—with one remarkable twist: Phelps uses a killer on the inside (in the fashion of Silence of the Lambs) to help him along the way! Check local listings. Also see Phelps on the smash hit Investigation Discovery long-running series “Deadly Women.”


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