THE KILLING KIND BY M. WILLIAM PHELPS
True Crime Novel
Release Date: June 30, 2015
Rating: 5 stars
Heather Catterton was a beautiful, beloved seventeen-year-old when her body was found in the brush by a country road in South Carolina. Sweet-natured Randi Saldana’s remains were then discovered, charred and unrecognizable, in a wooded area nearby. Bestselling investigative journalist M. William Phelps delves into the lives of Danny Hembree’s victims and reconstructs the twisting path from his horrifying crimes to his high-profile trial and conviction. Drawing on interviews with the killer himself, Phelps chillingly brings readers into the mind of a murderer.
CONTAINS 16 PAGES OF PHOTOS
M. William Phelps is probably one of my favorite true crime authors out there. This is because he has the keen sense and ability to do his research on the cases he presents while giving us every ounce of information as it relates to the case that is essentially out there for it. In addition to this, Phelps does not victimize the victim. He lays out all the facts while reiterating that they didn't deserve what they got no matter what their lives may have been like. This is extremely important for all crime novels and I really appreciated this. Now, there are many things that make a true crime novel a good one, and these include the following:
- Backstory on the victims
- Backstory on the killer
- Facts relating to the murder that took place
- Witness and family testimony
- Court Information and transcripts
- The results of the case
All of this important information was included in this novel making it not only an interesting read, but one that allows us to form our own opinions as to what may have happened. We are also basically allowed to play jury because with all the facts and information given we can determine what we think happened and if he is the killer.
With all that being said, this is a fantastic true crime novel and I really enjoyed reading it. Of course, it's pretty horrific what this man did to these girls, but it's also interesting and informative for those who enjoy learning about crime and criminals and even the investigation ID channel.
Now I can give you a little information pertaining to this book and what happened. This is the story of a killer named Danny Hembree who murdered two girls (Randi and Heather) for his own sick purposes. Danny is a drug addict with a lot of criminal history, and being addicted to drugs exasperated his anger. Danny KNEW both of these girls as they too were known to use drugs, so the case really hit close to home for their families.
Phelps really dove deep into this case and gave us a ton of information on the victims lives, their families, and of course the convicted killer. Once again, readers who enjoy these types of books will probably find this one to be really good. And, if you don't normally read true crimes but want to try one out than I would definitely recommend starting with this author.
Crime, murder and serial killer expert, creator/producer/writer and former host of the Investigation Discovery series DARK MINDS, acclaimed, award-winning investigative journalist M. William Phelps is the New York Times best-selling author of 30 books and winner of the 2013 Excellence in (Investigative) Journalism Award and the 2008 New England Book Festival Award. A highly sought-after pundit, Phelps has made over 100 media-related television appearances: Early Show, The Today Show, The View, Fox & Friends, truTV, Discovery Channel, Fox News Channel, Good Morning America, TLC, BIO, History, Oxygen, OWN, on top of over 100 additional media appearances: 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.Phelps is also a member of the Multidisciplinary Collaborative on Sexual Crime and Violence (MCSCV), also known as the Atypical Homicide Research Group (AHRG) at Northeastern University, maintained by NU alumni Enzo Yaksic.
Phelps is one of the regular and 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 female murderer,” and TV Rage says, “M. William Phelps dares to tread where few others will: into the mind of a killer.” A respected journalist, beyond his book writing Phelps has written for numerous publications—including the Providence Journal, Connecticut Magazine and Hartford Courant—and consulted on the first season of the hit Showtime cable television series Dexter.
Phelps grew up in East Hartford, CT, moved to Vernon, CT, at age 12, where he lived for 25 years. He now lives in a reclusive Connecticut farming community north of Hartford.
Beyond crime, Phelps has also written several history books, including the acclaimed, New York Times bestselling NATHAN HALE: The Life and Death of America’s First Spy, THE DEVIL’S ROOMING HOUSE, THE DEVIL’S RIGHT HAND, MURDER, NEW ENGLAND, and more
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