Book Mail – True Crime Reads

Who else out there loves some true crime?

Thanks to Kensington Books for the free copies in exchange for my honest reviews.

DANGEROUS GROUND: MY FRIENDSHIP WITH A SERIAL KILLER – M. William Phelps

DANNEMORA: TWO ESCAPED KILLERS, THREE WEEKS OF TERROR, AND THE LARGEST MANHUNT EVER IN NEW YORK STATE – Charles A. Gardner

WHERE MONSTERS HIDE: SEX, MURDER, AND MADNESS IN THE MIDWEST – M. William Phelps (Releasing March 26th, 2019)

I can’t wait to dive into these bad boys. Check back in April for my thoughts on WHERE MONSTERS HIDE on my TLC Book Tour date!

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Here are the synopses:

DANGEROUS GROUND: MY FRIENDSHIP WITH A SERIAL KILLER – M. William Phelps

Anyone can become a killer under the right circumstances—even you.

For the first time, award-winning investigative journalist M. William Phelps reveals the identity of “Raven,” the serial killer who co-starred with him on Dark Minds—and tells the story of his intriguing bond with one of America’s most disturbing killers.

In September 2011, M. William Phelps made a bold decision that would change the landscape of reality-based television – and his own life. He asked a convicted serial killer to act as a consultant for his TV series. Under the code name “Raven,” the murderer shared his insights into the minds of other killers and helped analyze their crimes. As the series became an international sensation, Raven became Phelps’s unlikely confidante, ally—and friend.

I’m not making excuses for the eight murders I committed.

In this deeply personal account, Phelps traces his own family’s dark history, and takes us into the heart and soul of a serial murderer. He also chronicles the complex relationship he developed with Raven. From questions about morality to Raven’s thoughts on the still-unsolved, brutal murder of Phelps’s sister-in-law, the author found himself grappling with an unwanted, unexpected, unsettling connection with a cold-blooded killer.

It made me feel warm inside to know that I was responsible for that pain . . .

Drawing on over 7,000 pages of letters, dozens of hours of recorded conversations, personal and Skype visits, and a friendship five years in the making, Phelps sheds new light on Raven’s bloody history, including details of an unknown victim, the location of a still-buried body—and a jaw-dropping admission. Eye-opening and provocative, Dangerous Ground is an unforgettable journey into the mind of a charming, manipulative psychopath that few would dare to know—and the determined journalist who did just that.

DANNEMORA: TWO ESCAPED KILLERS, THREE WEEKS OF TERROR, AND THE LARGEST MANHUNT EVER IN NEW YORK STATE – Charles A. Gardner

The Prison Break, the Manhunt, the Inside Story

In June 2015, two vicious convicted murderers broke out of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, in New York’s North Country, launching the most extensive manhunt in state history. Aided by prison employee Joyce Mitchell, double murderer Richard Matt and cop-killer David Sweat slipped out of their cells, followed a network of tunnels and pipes under the thirty-foot prison wall, and climbed out of a manhole to freedom.

For three weeks, the residents of local communities were virtual prisoners in their own homes as law enforcement from across the nation swept the rural wilderness near the Canadian border. The manhunt made front-page headlines–as did the prison sex scandal involving both inmates and Joyce Mitchell–and culminated in a dramatic and bloody standoff.

Now Charles A. Gardner–a lifelong resident of the community and a former correction officer who began his training at Clinton and ultimately oversaw the training of staff in twelve prisons, including Clinton–tells the whole story from an insider’s point of view.

From the lax ethics and sexual hunger that drove Joyce Mitchell to fraternize with Matt and Sweat, smuggle them tools, and offer to be their getaway driver, to the state budget cuts that paved the way for prison corruption, to the brave and tireless efforts to bring the escaped killers to justice, Dannemora is a gripping account of the circumstances that led to the bold breakout and the twenty-three-day search that culminated in one man dead, and one man back in custody–and lingering questions about those who set the deadly drama in motion.

WHERE MONSTERS HIDE: SEX, MURDER, AND MADNESS IN THE MIDWEST – M. William Phelps (Releasing March 26th, 2019)

A tragic missing person case spirals into an unrelenting murder mystery. Intrigue, deception, and serial homicide erupt in the latest real-life thriller by New York Times bestselling investigative journalist M. William Phelps.
 
In October 2014, after Chris Regan failed to arrive at his new job, his ex-girlfriend filed a missing-person report. Something was off. It was not like Chris, a devoted father, avid hiker, and all-around great guy, not to show up. When local Michigan police chief Laura Frizzo learned Chris was having an affair with Kelly Cochran, a married co-worker, suspicion fell on her husband, Jason. After a search warrant on their house revealed several suspicious items, the Cochrans abruptly moved to Indiana. As questions swirled around the case, the whereabouts of Chris Regan remained unknown.

Sixteen months later Jason Cochran died from a drug overdose. Friends and family rallied around the grieving and distraught Kelly. But when the coroner ruled Jason’s death a homicide, no one reacted more bizarrely than his widow. For months detectives tried to put Kelly’s past into focus, but the truth was buried under a patchwork of lies, contradictions, and brutally horrific revelations. As Kelly Cochran, a Purdue graduate and psychology major, played “catch me if you can,” a mesmerizing story emerged that rivals today’s bestselling fiction in its drama and fascination. In the hands of veteran investigative journalist M. William Phelps, her staggering saga of murder, revenge, and payback surpasses anything that could go wrong in a season of Fargo.

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