By Lee Butcher
I didn't kill them for any pride. It used to be distasteful. It was once dreadful. after all, i used to be in a position to do it due to my basic rage opposed to society.
Meredith Emerson used to be a contemporary collage graduate who disappeared whereas taking her loved puppy, Ella, for a hike on Georgia's Blood Mountain on New Year's Day, 2008. Cheryl Dunlap was once a nurse whose physique used to be present in Florida's Apalachicola nationwide wooded area after she did not appear to educate her average Sunday institution category in December 2007. vivid, appealing, being concerned girls, enjoyed through their buddies and households, with every little thing to dwell for. . .until they fell into the catch of Gary Michael Hilton, a former eco-friendly Beret paratrooper and professional outdoorsman with a twisted lust for violence. What they suffered at his palms was once unspeakable. Even after convictions, the query remains--how many blameless sufferers have been prey to his evil designs?
Includes killer's surprising confession and sixteen pages of dramatic photos.
Case obvious on 48 Hours
"Chilling real crime by means of a grasp storyteller." --Don Lasseter
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These are her verbatim descriptions, written some twenty or thirty years past. I have, however, inserted in bold my own comments to assist the reader in understanding or to clarify a specific person, place, etc. One further explanation is needed. What we are reading here are Madi’s personal reflections as dictated directly into a tape recorder and then transcribed to paper. So, they are not actually her “writings” so much as they are a conversational storytelling of her life, which was then transcribed into a 1200-page rough draft manuscript.
No cops, no cop cars, and Mingus was right behind them. So she made a right on N. Bronson and ran a red light at Sunset, where a police cruiser parked there stopped them. To the puzzled cop, Mattie explained that Knepper worked for Charles Mingus, who was chasing them. When the cop looked up, the limo wheeled into a U-turn and sped off. The cop shrugged, and let Mattie off with a warning. Relieved, they drove to Pat Willard’s house and listened to Ellington records. The DA Secret Files Black Dahlia Avenger originally published in April 2003.
I knew that Mother was close friends with Mattie Comfort. On one occasion in the 1970s, my mother had called me up and asked if I could give her a ride out to the Sunset Strip. She wanted to go to a party being held by some friends. I drove her out and accompanied her to an apartment house. At the door, Mother briefly introduced me to a beautiful woman, simply saying, “Steven, this is Mattie, a good friend from the old days. ” The beautiful “Satin Doll” smiled at me. We shook hands, and I turned and left.
At the Hands of a Stranger by Lee Butcher