In this riveting collection of true crime stories from the files of award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author of 32 books, M. William Phelps, someone tries to pin a gruesome murder on a horse, infamous serial killer Son of Sam shows us his true evil nature in a series of lost letters this psychopath never wanted you to see, and Sesame Streets Big Bird comes home to find a dead woman on his estate. These shocking stories join several others that only a master storyteller like Phelps can bring to life for readers.
The six stories in this collection have been published in various print and digital places but have never been brought together in one terrifying, mysterious read. Phelps updates each case and puts his journalistic skills to the test in ways readers will find all at once fascinating and horrifying.
One story involves a young man who believes he's figured out the perfect way to commit a murder after binge-watching Forensic Files. In this opening tale, a Massachusetts man is stalked by a hired killer because of the information he holds in the case of insurance scam gone bad, resulting in savage murder. Next up is the story of a restaurant owner and her husband, enjoying a calm, peaceful life in the Berkshires, with all the charm and tranquility New England has to offer, until a bloody trail inside a barn leads to a gruesome discovery and a familys deepest, darkest secrets are exposed.
As an added bonus to the collection, Phelps takes readers behind the scenes of his hit Investigation Discovery series Dark Minds, revealing his investigative secrets with an intimate look at those serialkiller cold cases that still haunt Phelps today.
Finally, as another added bonus, Phelps, who author Vincent Bugliosi called one of Americas best true crime journalists, heads out to meet renowned forensic scientist Dr. Henry Lee in a narrative interview that reveals Lees ingenious and humorous take on life, his crime-scene philosophy, and the ways in which he deals with the brutality of the work he does.
Crime and murder expert, creator/producer/writer and former host of DARK MINDS, acclaimed, award-winning investigative journalist M. William Phelps is the New York Times best-selling author of 32 nonfiction books and winner of the Excellence in (Investigative) Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and the New England Book Festival Award. A respected reporter, Phelps has written for numerous publications-including the Providence Journal, Connecticut Magazine and Hartford Courant. Diversifying his talents, he also consulted on the first season of the hit Showtime cable television series Dexter and is a constant presence on crime film sets. Phelps grew up in East Hartford, Connecticut, and now lives in a reclusive Connecticut farming community just north of Hartford. A highly sought-after pundit, Phelps has made over 200 TV media-related television appearances: Early Show, The Today Show, The View, Fox & Friends, truTV, Discovery Channel, Fox News Channel, GMA, TLC, BIO, History, Oxygen, OWN, and many others. He's appeared on USA Radio Network, Catholic Radio, Mancow, Wall Street Journal Radio, Zac Daniel, Ave Maria Radio, Catholic Channel, EWTN Radio, ABC News Radio, and many more. He is one of the recurring experts frequently appearing on two long-running series Deadly Women and Snapped. Radio America calls Phelps the nation's leading authority on the mind of the... murderer, and TV Rage says, "M. William Phelps dares to tread where few others will: into the mind of a killer." Beyond crime, Phelps has also written several history books, including the acclaimed, New York Times bestseller NATHAN HALE, THE DEVIL'S ROOMING HOUSE, THE DEVIL'S RIGHT HAND, MURDER, NEW ENGLAND, and more. A respected victims' advocate, Phelps steps into the role of grieving victim family member because he's lived it: his sister-in-law, five months pregnant, was strangled to death (her murder remains unsolved).