—Inside the mind of one of the nation’s most feared thrill
“Silent Rage” is the shocking true history of serial killer
Carroll Edward “Eddie” Cole. Raised by an abusive mother and weak father, Cole
accomplished his first murder before he was ten years old. He went on to murder
at least 14 women. Sexual attacks, necrophilia, and cannibalization peppered
Backed by 32 weeks of exclusive interviews with Cole and
years of exhaustive research, Michael Newton paints one of the most chilling
true portraits of the development of a sociopathic personality ever made
available to the public. Newton traces Cole’s gruesome career across four
decades, until Cole’s execution by the
state of Nevada.
They are law enforcement’s most elusive prey. More dangerous
than hitmen, gang assassins, and crowd snipers, the “recreational killer” is
almost impossible to capture. Choosing their victims at random, drifting from
town to town, their brutal crimes leave a smoking trail of bloodshed across the
nation—and many of them are never apprehended until they decide to turn
themselves in. This year, 3,500 “thrill killings” will go unsolved. Cole’s
story is a searing lesson in the horror of crimes like this—and the terrifying
inability of our society to prevent them.
Mechele Hughes came to Wasilla, Alaska (pop. 4200), looking for a new life and easy money. As an exotic dancer at the Great Alaskan Bush Company in nearby Anchorage, she was soon earning thousands a night—and getting expensive gifts from admiring male clients. Three in particular fell under her spell. Each claimed to be engaged to her . . . and they all lived with her together in the same house. But in May 1996, the bullet-ridden body of Kent "T.T." Leppink, a local fisherman and one of her fiancés, was discovered in a wooded area ninety miles away—possibly slain by suitor number two, John Carlin III, at the stripper's urging.
Ten years would elapse before the arrests and trials of Mechele Hughes Linehan and John Carlin III. Was the real Mechele a murderess, a ruthless sexual manipulator as the prosecution claimed, killing for insurance money—or the loving wife and mother she had since become, dedicated to children, animals, and charitable causes?