Three complete short stories by Investigation Discovery’s Dark Minds show host M. Williams with an introduction to the collection by New York Times bestselling author Gregg Olsen.
DANCE WITH THE DEVIL
In August 1982, a 30-year-old woman, Jane Goodwin, was found murdered in her Newark, New Jersey apartment. Her killer had strangled Jane until she passed out. Then, reportedly, he ripped open her blouse, posed her with her breasts exposed, and repeatedly stabbed Jane in the chest. He left no fingerprints or DNA—just a shattered, grieving family.
Over the next 19 years, three other women were attacked in a similar fashion. Two of them, Karen Osman (at Rutgers University in Newark) and Carmen Rodriquez (in Hartford, Connecticut) died at this monster’s hand.
Police eventually caught their assailant, Edwin “Ned” Snelgrove, a promising college grad with an uncontrollable desire to hurt women. Ned was jailed. Yet while serving a 20-year sentence, he developed a twisted obsession with one very sick hero—infamous serial murderer Ted Bundy, a man he wrote about extensively in his prison letters to a friend. Ned studied the notorious killer, looked up to him. And as Ned festered in prison, waiting for the day he was to be cut loose, he decided he would be better than Bundy when he got out and started killing once again.
Author M. William Phelps takes readers to some very dark places here, so hang on.
Here, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Phelps takes readers and fans of the series deep into his personal life and a dark connection to the Eastbound Strangler case, how he feels about several suspects named by law enforcement, and shares an exclusive interview he conducted with a woman who claims she was with the Eastbound Strangler and his final victim, Kim Raffo, on the night before Kim’s body was found.
In November 2006, the bodies of four women were discovered in a drainage ditch behind a row of hotels, on the fringes of Atlantic City, New Jersey. After years of intense investigation, law enforcement remains baffled by the fact the victims’ shoes were missing, and their heads were all pointing east. Three of the women were known prostitutes who worked “The Track,” a wasteland of broken dreams behind the casinos, on the dark side of Atlantic City’s famous boardwalk.
NOTHING THIS EVIL EVER DIES
Did Son of Sam have an intimate, homosexual relationship with a fellow (serial killer) inmate while in prison? Was Sam’s real name Richard Falco? Has Son of Sam—who claimed in 2011 that he does not want to seek parole because he has been “freed” by Jesus Christ—been perpetrating a fraud with his supposed “salvation”?
In quoted excerpts from these exclusive letters written by Son of Sam to serial killer Gary Evans, a deeper, more interesting and eccentric psychopath emerges. For the first time, author Phelps explores how Son and Sam and serial killer Gary Evans (from Phelps’s bestseller Every Move You Make) became best friends while doing time together in a New York state prison.
If you thought you knew Son of Sam, think again.
THE SERIAL KILLERS DOWN THE ROAD
In this introductory essay, author Gregg Olsen recounts the serial killers who’ve crossed his path in Washington State – Ted Bundy, Gary Ridgway, Linda Burfield Hazzard, and Robert Yates.
SERIAL KILLER EXPERT, star of the Investigation Discovery series DARK MINDS and acclaimed investigative journalist M. William Phelps is the national bestselling, award-winning author of 21 nonfiction books. Winner of 2008 New England Book Festival Award for "I'll Be Watching You," Phelps has made over 100 television appearances, including CBS's "Early Show," "The Today Show," "The View," "Fox & Friends," truTV, Discovery Channel, Fox News Channel, ABC's "Good Morning America," Learning Channel, Biography Channel, History Channel, Oxygen, OWN, and others. He's been on USA Radio Network, Catholic Radio, Mancow, Wall Street Journal Radio, Zac Daniel, Ava Maria Radio, ABC News Radio, and Radio America, who calls him "the nation's leading authority on the mind of the female murderer."
GREGG OLSEN IS THE NEW YORK TIMES, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of twenty books, both true crime and fiction, including Abandoned Prayers, Closer than Blood, Bitch on Wheels, A Twisted Faith, Starvation Heights, and If Loving You Is Wrong. He appears frequently on television on such shows as Fatal Vows, Dateline NBC, NPR, Good Morning America, The Early Show, FOX News; CNN, Anderson Cooper, Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, Extra, Access Hollywood, Snapped, Deadly Women, and A&E's Biography. His book, Envy, was the Washington State selection for the National Book Festival. He lives in a small town on Puget Sound, Washington.