Blood Trail

Blood Trail

by Steven Walker, Rick Reed

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Includes killer's confession

Slaughter On A Shoestring

On October 29, 1997, hooker Andrea "Slick" Hendrix's, beaten, naked body was discovered in a roadside ditch near Stewartsville, Indiana. With no leads for police to follow, the case eventually went cold, but it wouldn't stay that way. In 2003, sadistic sexual predator Joseph W. Brown claimed to have strangled Hendrix with his favorite murder weapon: a shoelace from a woman's size-8 shoe.

Hard Luck

Ginger Gasaway, 53, met Brown at a Gambler's Anonymous meeting. She didn't know that when she took up with him, she was gambling with her life. On August 30, 2000, Brown murdered Gasaway and scattered her body parts across three Indiana counties. For this grisly crime, he would be sentenced to life in prison without parole. But it wouldn't be his first time behind bars.  .  .

How Many More?

In 1977, Brown had been sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and armed robbery. In 1995, he was released despite the fact that he'd beaten a fellow inmate nearly to death. Brown later confessed that during the next five years, he indulged in a seven-state rampage of torture and murder, his victims female hitchhikers and prostitutes. Now doing time in Wabash Valley Corrections Center, Brown maintains that he murdered no less than thirteen other women.

16 Pages Of Shocking Photos

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786021420
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Steven Walker has approximately 1,500 published credits to his name. He was born in Heidelberg, Germany and started freelancing professionally in 1989, beginning mostly with short horror fiction pieces for small press publications. In 1996, Walker had his first horror novel, Desmodus, published. Shortly after that, he opened up the Bucks County, PA chapter of Active Voice International, and was pivotal in the creation of The Writers Room of Bucks County and Bucks County Writer magazine. Walker founded the Lehigh Valley Writers Academy in 2001. He worked as a reporter for The Morning Call newspaper (a division of The Tribune Company) for three years. He has had nonfiction pieces published in newspapers and magazines and has received several awards for his macabre style of poetry. His book, Blood Trail (2005, Pinnacle, ISBN 0-7860-1719-8) is a true-crime story about a confessed serial killer from Indiana. Due to unprecedented popularity, it has been re-released as of June 2009. His latest true-crime book, Predator, (2010, Pinnacle, ISBN 0-7860-2018-0) is scheduled for release January 5, 2010.

Sergeant Rick Reed (Ret.), author of the Jack Murphy thriller series, is a 20-plus-year veteran police detective. During his career he successfully investigated numerous high-profile criminal cases, including a serial killer who claimed thirteen victims before strangling and dismembering his fourteenth and last victim. He recounted that story in his acclaimed true-crime book, Blood Trail. Reed spent his last three years on the force as the commander of the police department’s Internal Affairs Section. He has two master’s degrees, and upon retiring from the police force, he took a full-time teaching position. He currently teaches criminal justice at Volunteer State Community College in Tennessee and writes thrillers. He lives near Nashville with his wife and two furry friends, Lexie and Belle. Please visit him on Facebook, on Goodreads, or at his website, If you’d like him to speak online for your event, contact him by going to

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Blood Trail 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not what you would call a huge fan of true crime books, but I found it difficult to put Blood Trail down once I started reading it. Unlike many of these types of books which are written from an outsider¿s point of view, this book was written by Rick Reed, the detective in charge of the case. He has done an excellent job documenting the details of the case and is able to supply all the intricate details of the crime and insights into the criminal¿s mind. The reader is drawn into the story and feels as much a part of it as the people involved. His authorship also reveals to the public the impact these types of cases have on law enforcement officials personally and professionally. This book is a good read for anyone, but especially for those involved in domestic violence situations or those who work with domestic violence issues. As a testament to the book¿s effectiveness, it is currently being used as a textbook for college-level criminal justice classes. This book flows well and is extremely well-written by first-time author Reed. I look forward to reading future fiction and nonfiction material written by him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Steven Walker worked closely with Evansville, Indiana police sergeant Rick Reek, gathering information to create a chilling tale of love lost, deception, addiction, and murder. The horrifying details of Ginger Gasaway¿s death shocked the nation when her cold, calculated killer took investigators to three different counties to recover her dismembered body parts. Written before the debut of the hit television series, ¿The Closer,¿ Blood Trail is an examination of effective methods of interrogation and a psychological study of body movements and statements of individuals. Even the ones who are asking the questions are easily analyzed in this well investigated true crime story about one of the most brutal crimes that ever took place in Indiana. The personalities of both the perpetrator, Joe Brown, and the investigator, Sgt. Rick Reed, are explored with such intricacy that the reader becomes intimately acquainted with each of them. The setting and its inhabitants are so well presented that one can visualize life in rural Indiana as well as its urban centers. The path of destruction that Brown confesses to include a total of 14 murders that encompass seven states from Pennsylvania to Colorado and brings suspicion to crimes committed as far south as Florida. Although limited by the True Crime genre, Walker accomplishes a Truman Capote style of writing, at least in the opening chapters of Blood Trail.
maryintexas39 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Could not get into this. Just passable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poory written with much repition in the the first few chapters. I skipped a lot of the book and had a hard time finishing it. Sorry i spent the money..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was this book not proofed before being released? I stop counting at 500 errors..about half way thru. I would not have purchased had I known the enormous amount of errors. No spacing in between words, no spacing after a period.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book brought the chain of events into view. My heart went out to all involved. It was a dark time in the lives of many people.The book  was a little too descriptive for my liking but I understand it was a documentation of mad events. Some people should never  slip through the cracks into society unchecked it is only madness and mayhem in the end and for all they touch. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not bad as far as true crime goes. 
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