There are 15 terrifying, heart-pounding stories in all, guaranteed to keep you awake and your doors locked as only King, the Master of True Crime, can write them!
Gary C. King, a freelance author and lecturer, has published more than 500 articles in true crime magazines in the United States, Canada, and England. King took over Ann Rule’s job as Pacific Northwest stringer for True Detective magazine and its sister publications, writing hundreds of articles under various names until those magazines ceased publication in the mid-1990s. More recently he has found alternate venues for his stories, including truTV’s Crime Library and Investigation Discovery. He is also the author of several true crime books including: Blood Lust: Portrait of a Serial Sex Killer, Driven to Kill, Murder in Room 305, To Die For, Savage Vengeance (with Don Lasseter), An Early Grave, The Texas 7, Murder in Hollywood, Angels of Death, Stolen in the Night, Love, Lies, and Murder, An Almost Perfect Murder, Butcher, The Murder of Meredith Kercher, and Rage. Driven to Kill, the story of serial child killer Westley Allan Dodd's killing spree, was published in April 1993 by Pinnacle Books and was nominated for an Anthony Award in the Best True Crime Book category at Bouchercon 25. Blood Lust: Portrait of a Serial Sex Killer, details the bizarre case of Dayton Leroy Rogers, Oregon's worst serial killer to date. Blood Lust was published in December 1992 under NAL/Dutton's Onyx imprint as an original paperback. A German language edition of Blood Lust was published later, in 1995. Both Blood Lust and Driven to Kill were chosen as featured selections of Doubleday's True Crime Book Club. King’s television appearances have included Entertainment Tonight, Larry King Live, Inside Edition, Court TV, MSNBC’s Headliners and Legends, E!, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Extra TV, and several other programs. He also frequently provides radio interviews. Television interviews also include an episode of Biography about serial killer Robert “Willie” Pickton, the subject of Butcher, and an episode of Dominick Dunne’s Power, Privilege, and Justice called “Strange Bedfellows,” about the murder of Nevada State Controller Kathy Augustine and the subject of King’s An Almost Perfect Murder. King is an active member of the Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America, The Crime Writers' Association (U.K.), International Thriller Writers, and International Association of Crime Writers.
16 Stories of Murder and Mayhem
1. Charles Sobhraj
2. The Murder of Christopher Marlowe
3. Diane Downs
4. Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald
5. Profile of Michael Welner, M.D. Chairman, The Forensic Panel
6. Marilyn Sheppard Murder
7. By Gregg O. McCrary
8. The Murder of Edgar Allan Poe
9. The Unicorn Killer
10. Amber Hagerman
11. Ann Rule
12. The Yale Lab Murder
13. The Story of Robert Stroud
14. Black Dahlia
15. The Abduction of Carlie Brucia
16. Charles Manson
From a wide variety of accounts, Babara Smith has selected eight intriguing stories that will astound and amaze you.
Mystery still surrounds the fate of pro golfer Frank Willey who disappeared in 1962. Two men were convicted of his murder, but his body has never been found. No suspect, however, was ever found in the case of MaryAnn Plett. The pretty, young real-estate agent disappeared after going to show a property to a client -- but some skeletal remains were discovered seven months later.
In 1948, a family could hardly have guessed that their newly puchased home would come complete with a corpse; and, in another case, Winnie Wanner's bathroom was found splattered with blood. Although her estranged husband was seen leaving the apartment with a suspiciously large bag, Wnnie vanished from the face of the earth.
These chilling tales, previously little known outside Alberta, also include matters of greed, rum running, shoot-outs, and hostages. They will be every bit as fascinating to the crime buff as those found anywhere.