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THE EASTBOUND STRANGLER (Behind the Scenes of Investigation Discovery's "Dark Minds" Book 1) (English Edition)
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Title: THE EASTBOUND STRANGLER (Behind the Scenes of Investigation Discovery's "Dark Minds" Book 1) (English Edition)

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In this first exclusive e-­book accompanying the Investigation Discovery series he created, “Dark Minds,­” investigative journalist M. William Phelps, author of 20 books, a noted serial killer expert, explores what goes on behind-­the-­scenes in this unique serial killer series as he investigates and films an episode.

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.

What kind of serial killer removes his victims’ shoes and socks…and lays them out in a row, facing east?

This is the mystery confronting M. William Phelps in the bizarre cold case of the Eastbound Strangler. 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.

Does the Eastbound Strangler have a cross to bear against women he considers “fallen?­” Is there a religious basis for the eastward positioning of the bodies? And are the later murders of four prostitutes in Long Island connected?

To get inside the Dark Mind of this murderer, Phelps must rely on criminal profiler John Kelly —and personal insight from Kelly’s secret source, a convicted serial killer code-­named “13.­”

Author Bio

Investigative journalist M. William Phelps, a serial killer expert, is the national bestselling, award-­winning author of twenty nonfiction books, including five about serial murderers. Winner of 2008 New England Book Festival Award for I'll Be Watching You, Phelps has appeared on over 100 television shows as a crime expert, the USA Radio Network, Catholic Radio, Ava Maria Radio, ABC News Radio and Radio America, who calls him "the nation's leading authority on the mind of the female murderer.­" He frequently appears on the hit Investigation Discovery show "Deadly Women.­" He's written for the Providence Journal, Hartford Courant, the New London Day, and has been profiled in such noted publications as Writer's Digest, NY Daily News, Newsday, Albany Times-­Union, Hartford Courant, Connecticut Magazine, Suspense magazine, Forensic Nursing, and the NY Post. He also consulted on the first season of the Showtime cable television series "Dexter.­"

Beyond his non-­fiction crime work, in 2008 Phelps published a highly acclaimed narrative nonfiction biography of Revolutionary War patriot Nathan Hale: NATHAN HALE: The Life and Death of America's First Spy, which was optioned for film by Warner Bros.

In 1996, Phelps's pregnant sister-­in-­law, Diana Ferris, was savagely murdered in Hartford, Connecticut. Through his writing and work with crime victims, M. William Phelps is on an obsessive quest to not only find his sister-­in-­law's killer, but the reasons why people kill and what stirs inside the dark minds of serial murderers.

Phelps lives in a small Connecticut farming community near the Massachusetts border.

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