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She was seventeen years old, a beautiful girl with a Hollywood smile and luminous brown eyes. Sprawled in a culvert just off the gravel road like an abandoned doll, she wore only toe socks, a sweatshirt, and a necklace. She was not the killer's first victim. Nor would she be the last.

The lush, green hills that mark the border of North and South Carolina are home to a close-knit community. When the savaged remains of high-spirited Heather Catterton and sweet-natured Randi Saldana were found and a local man was linked to their murders, residents were forced to face an evil in their midst. The killer was one of their own….

Danny Hembree was far from being an upright, law-abiding citizen. But he was part of the fabric of the local scene, devoted to his mother and sister. No one saw him as a remorseless killer who preyed on those who trusted him. When questioned by police, Hembree didn’t just play cat-and-mouse and then confess. He bragged. Taunted. Laughed about his merciless deeds.

In The Killing Kind acclaimed, award-winning investigative crime journalist M. William Phelps delves into the background of Hembree's victims, bringing listeners into their lives in intimate detail. With exclusive information from detectives and prosecutors, Phelps reconstructs the chilling clues that led to Hembree's arrest, and the media sensation surrounding his trial, mistrial, and ultimate conviction.

As the victims' loved ones attempt to heal, Hembree continues to widen the scope of his crimes from behind bars. M. William Phelps draws on interviews and correspondence with the serial killer himself, bringing listeners into the minds of murderer - and into the heart of a real-life story of bloodshed, tears, and the long road to justice.

©2014 M. William Phelps (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Manipulated to Death

If you could sum up The Killing Kind in three words, what would they be?

sick perverted human

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Spot on for True Crime

What does J. Charles bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A very authoritative voice brings the crimes and sick notions to life

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It would of been nice to but at times you have to reflect on the monstrosities this person committed.

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M. Williams Phelps does it again, a terrifying look into the deaths of some friends all within a little group of drugs, sex, and violence.

He peels back the layers of this dark and violent crime exposing a dangerous manipulator pushing people and then just snuffing out their lives.

I also enjoyed the insight from John Kelly and the background M. Williams Phelps includes of what he went through trying to bring this story a story you will never forget.

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Great Book. Very well written

I have spent nearly 30 years as a Police Investigator and recently retired as Chief of Police from a Southern state. I cant say enough that this Author really did his homework on entire case. He has really captured this story.

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interesting...but...

i found the story interesting especially after doing my own internet research...my fundamental problem was the narration...the author indicates he specifically chose the type of narration to reflect local dialect but it was too tough to listen to and really threw me off...would have enjoyed it better without attempting too hard to sound like the locals...

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Not much to like here

Huge disappointment. The book was poorly written, but was made even worse by the narrator's attempt at Southern accents and dialects.

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A pathologic liar in action.

Out of all the serial killers I have read about in M William Phelp’s excellent true crime books, this scumb bag actually made me laugh with his outrageous stories he expects the jury to buy. Without giving it away, at one point this yogi contortionist verbalized sexual antics will make you laugh too. OMG

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Seriously the narrator will get on your nerves.

Not really well written (I think) because the narrator kept changing voices. I with I could read all books by Kevin Pierce that way I can actually gauge if the story was better lol!

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another great piece of work

this was another great piece of true crime work by Mr. Phelps. If you love true crime this is another audiobook to get asap

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book has a lot of places that is skipping

love the book but it keeps stopping like a scratch on a disc and missing parts.

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Can't Get Through This One- Disgusting

I don't like sounding disrespectful to anyone but every single character in this narrative is so disgusting I can't finish it.
I like this author but this book is really awful.
Won't finish.
Definitely asking for a refund.

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Great Book

Was great story however I was not impressed with the narrator’s attempt at trying to talk with a southern draw.