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
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. Download and start listening now!