Patrick Kendrick worked a dual career as a fire fighter and freelance journalist before turning to write fiction full time. As a freelance writer, he published articles and short stories in numerous newspapers and magazines. One of those assignments brought him into contact with a serial killer that he corresponded with for several years...until the killer began to threaten him and launched a series of lawsuits against him. The killer was eventually murdered in prison but his frightening and graphic "diaries" describing his crimes became the basis of "Extended Family." Now this story had has come to life in his true crime book, "American Ripper: The Enigma Of America's Serial Killer Cop." This is an in-depth biography of Gerard Schaefer, a lawman and one of the most notorious serial killers in U.S. history, revealing the investigation, trial, and the relationship between the author and the killer as they fought in court for years until Schaefer's death. Kendrick was knighted by the Fraternal Order of Police for his articles on crime. He's won honorable mentions from the Mystery Writers of America and the Beverly Hills Film Festival, the Opus Magnum Discovery Award from the Hollywood Film Festival and the Florida Book Award for his first novel, "Papa's Problem," and another for his young adult novel, The Savants. He lives in South Florida and when he is not writing, spends as much time as possible in, on, or under the ocean.Read more Read less
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