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Innocent Blood: A True Story of Obsession and Serial Murder

Innocent Blood: A True Story of Obsession and Serial Murder

Written by Terry Ganey

Narrated by Chris Andrew Ciulla


Innocent Blood: A True Story of Obsession and Serial Murder

Written by Terry Ganey

Narrated by Chris Andrew Ciulla

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9 hours
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Released:
May 15, 2018
ISBN:
9781977380265
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Description

Innocent Blood is the true story of Charles Hatcher and his life of crime—a powerful, and blood-chilling glimpse into the darkness between sanity and madness. It also chronicles a justice system gone wrong.

Throughout his criminal career Hatcher was able to fool dozens of psychiatrists, who repeatedly failed to identify him as a multiple murderer. Hatcher's astonishing skill was not just in his ability to murder and escape imprisonment. He became an expert at manipulating the criminal justice system; overall, he outwitted police, prosecutors, psychiatrists, and judges in twelve cities and eight states.

Terry Ganey first covered this story as a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Later, he spent four years researching the material for this book, interviewing over seventy-five people and reviewing thousands of documents, court transcripts, prison files, police reports, and mental health records.

What emerges is a fascinating and horrifying portrait of a mass murderer at large in America—a murderer who could have stalked his victims in any of our towns and cities, whether urban or rural, large or small.

Contains mature themes.

Publisher:
Released:
May 15, 2018
ISBN:
9781977380265
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

Terry Ganey is a best-selling author and free-lance writer. His two non-fiction books have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List: 1. "Under the Influence, the unauthorized story of the Anheuser-Busch Dynasty," (with Peter Hernon) chronicles a five-generation dynasty without parallel in American business. First published by Simon and Schuster, Business Week described the book as a “Dallas-sized saga of sex scandals, family feuds, and a closetful of other skeletons.” Dan Okrent, author of "Last Call, the Rise and Fall of Prohibition," has said "Under the Influence" is "unquestionably the finest book on the American beer industry." 2. "Innocent Blood, a True Story of Obsession and Serial Murder," recounts the case of an innocent man sent to prison for a child murder committed by a serial killer. A courageous FBI agent reverses the injustice while putting the serial killer in prison. The Library Journal called the story “a gripping tale of murder, pursuit, and justice.” Innocent Blood was published by St. Martin's Paperbacks. The hardback edition was entitled "St. Joseph's Children," and was published by Lyle Stuart. As state capital bureau chief for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Ganey was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting. He also was a correspondent for the Associated Press and served as projects editor for the Columbia Daily Tribune. As a journalist, he focused on government and politics, the criminal justice system, higher education, insurance and military affairs. His disclosures of Missouri’s Second Injury Fund scandal helped send seven men to federal prison and produced $1.6 million in restitution for the state. In 2003, he covered U.S. Army operations in Iraq and reported on the chaos that existed in Baghdad. More recently, his free-lance work has been published by the Associated Press, the Chicago Tribune and the St. Louis Beacon. Ganey is also the St. Louis editor of the Gateway Journalism Review, and a visiting professor of journalism at Southern Illinois University. He also lectures on a part-time basis at the University of Missouri, School of Journalism, where he teaches writing, reporting and the use of public documents to develop news stories.


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  • (5/5)
    Great listen loved the narrator very interesting look forward to more.
  • (2/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    This book was written and read like a boring timeline of events. There is barely any story to keep me intrigued or even interested. I love listening to true crime books, podcast, etc, but this was not even something I could follow or finish. ☹️

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    Charles Ray Hatcher, a career criminal, admitted to killing 16 people. All of the crimes took place in the Midwest and California. Charles was a man of many alias and a master manipulator. He convinced law enforcement in several states that he was mentally ill, so he was able to serve time in a hospital rather than in prison. Charles admitted killing Eric Christgen, a 4 year old boy in St. Joseph, Missouri. Another man had already been convicted of this crime. The FBI agent who was able to gain Hatcher's trust had to work long and hard to convince authorities of the convicted man's innocence, and he was eventually freed. This is the story of Hatcher's many crimes and the fight to free an innocent man.

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