Overview:

Jerry Bledsoe’s series of critically acclaimed true crime sagas, originally published in the late 1980s and 90s, have been made into various movies (including Before He Wakes and Honor Thy Mother) and now television shows (Bitter Blood has inspired a new episode of Killer Couples on the Oxygen Network), but until recently, the books have been hard to find in print, and unavailable in ebook. After coming across four of Bledsoe’s titles last year, however, Diversion Books decided to bring the books back into publication with a series of re-releases in ebook. Now, at long last, three of Bledsoe’s best titles with be available in print on July 28th, alongside the bestselling Bitter Blood in ebook.

Before He Wakes, Blood Games, and Death Sentence deal with some of the most chilling domestic murders in the history of crime, and delve into the twisted minds of the murderers who wore masks of sanity that fooled even those closest to them. The books will be available on Amazon, B&N, and other online retailers.

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by BJW Nashe

“Getting away with murder” now serves as a euphemism for avoiding the consequences of just about any kind of bad behavior. In its most literal sense, however, the phrase points to an especially troubling phenomenon — serial killings committed by psychopaths who somehow manage to avoid being caught and convicted of their crimes. The Zodiac Killer, who terrified the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1960s and early 1970s with a string of murders accompanied by bizarre cryptograms and letters to the press, is probably the most famous murderer who was never captured. The Zodiac is not alone, however.  Our recent history is littered with unsolved mass murders. The following rogue’s gallery — presented in no particular order, since they are all equally hideous — lists some of the ones who got away with the worst crimes imaginable.

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by John W. Taylor (July 14, 2015)

“I think if I live to be a hundred, I wouldn’t be able to tell you everything that happened that night.” – Darlie Routier (Court Transcripts, The State of Texas No. F-96-39973-J vs. Darlie Lynn Routier A-96-253, Sandra M. Halsey, CSR, Official Court Reporter. Significant errors have been found in the court transcript, which ultimately resulted in the court reporter losing her license. Changes to the transcript could affect the analysis.)

In the early morning hours of June 6, 1996, a 911 dispatcher received an emergency call from a hysterical woman at 5801 Eagle Drive, in Rowlett, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. (The Darlie Routier Case, The Facts, http://darliefacts.com/case-background/, accessed June-July, 2015.)  Darlie Routier called 911 after an intruder attacked her and two of her children in the middle of the night. She was badly injured and two of her children were dying.

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by Jaclyn Lambert

From Hollywood-dramatized shootouts at a Blackjack table to underworld Mobster racketeering, our culture is collectively fascinated by the cliche of a street-smart thief dressed all in black. However, the following examples of infamous crime capers didn’t spring from the fictional realms of film or literature, but were pulled off by real-life villains — some of whom never even got caught!

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by JJ Rogers

I was born in Clarkston, Washington and grew up across the Snake River in Lewiston, Idaho.  The two cities are located in a deep valley at the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake Rivers.  They are not large cities and they didn’t traditionally experience the horrors of serial killers that metropoleis are known for.  That is, until the late 70’s and early 80’s when I was in my teens. That’s when everything changed.  That’s when one man, filled with loathing and complete disregard for human life, selected a series of girls and young women as the objects of his dark desires.

Every spring the Valley filled with excitement in anticipation of the Asotin County Fair, which was held on the Snake River just north of both cities. Everyone who possibly could attended. It was April 28, 1979. I was there. So was Christina White, a 12-year-old child.

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by Darcia Helle

In our modern, enlightened American culture, we keep our executions quietly behind closed doors. There was a time, though, in the pre-modern world, when this would have been regarded as no better than murder. Executions were public events. When our ancestors decided a person needed to die for his/her crimes, the entire town was expected to attend.

Many people of that time believed executing a criminal privately robbed that person of the right to say his final words, which was often a full-blown speech. A private execution also deprived the government of its show of power, as the criminal was paraded through town in an elaborate spectacle.

Staging state-sanctioned murders as public entertainment made for a wide array of imaginative and gruesome methods, prolonging death ever longer, as leaders continually looked for new forms of cruelty to punish the condemned. Here are some once popular death penalty options that make the electric chair look comforting.

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by Starks Shrink

Donna Kay Tapani paid three misfits to murder Martha Gail Fulton, the wife of her former lover, George Fulton. That’s the simplest story; the motivations and complexities of this case run much deeper than what’s readily apparent on the surface.

Gail Garza was a devout Catholic girl who grew up in small town Texas. She met George and they dated but she still maintained her college aspirations and completed a degree in speech pathology. In the meantime, George went off to West Point and a career in the Army. He reunited with Gail and they soon married, anticipating a typical peripatetic military existence.

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compiled by Patrick H. Moore

It’s no secret that serial killers often masquerade as everyday good citizens. To some degree, Alaska’s most prolific serial killer, ‘Butcher Baker’ Robert Hansen, did precisely that. Hansen, who confessed to murdering 17 women and raping 30, mostly in the Alaskan wilderness, died recently at Alaska Regional Hospital after being in declining health for the past year. During his life as a free man, prior to his conviction in 1984, the Butcher Baker ran a bakery in Anchorage, Alaska and lived across town with his wife and children who had no idea that Dad was a deranged rapist/serial killer.

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by Darcia Helle

Allow me to tell you a story about a woman born into the most dismal of circumstances. Her mother is a young teen when she marries a violent man. He is soon arrested and convicted of the rape and attempted murder of a 7-year-old girl. By some reports, her father is schizophrenic. Her mother decides parenting is too difficult and soon abandons her.

Life gets no better for this woman. She’s never given a chance to succeed. Under these circumstances, it’s human nature to feel sympathy for this woman right?

Now what if I tell you this woman became a serial killer? Does that change how you feel about her?

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by Bob Couttie

Many years ago, on another planet, I drank champagne on the French Riviera and bedded a princess. Outside the shuttered windows a clear blue Mediterranean Sea sparkled below the stuccoed wealthy villas of Cap Ferrat and the decaying remains of Victorian grandeur in the backwaters of Antibes. It was here I said ‘No’ to the French Connection.

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