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Why Serial Killers Go Undetected

The public remains deeply fascinated by serial killers, which accounts for the success of the Dexter TV series and such movies as Psycho and Silence of the Lambs. But surprisingly, most police know very little about serial killers.

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How Evidence Was Destroyed

Amazingly, evidence that was seized from Larry Hall's vans was returned to his family by the FBI after his conviction. It included articles of women's clothing that could identify victims with today's DNA technology, but most of it was destroyed by Hall's father.

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UPDATE... NBC Dateline devotes Sept. 13 show to IWTD! 

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IWTD featured in CNN Documentary: "To Catch A Serial Killer"

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"When you're dealing with a serial killer..."

Interview with Jimmy Keene, NBC WDIV-Channel 4

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"The book reads like a fast-paced suspense novel..."

Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune

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 IWTD makes front-page news!!! 

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Jimmy Keene was sitting on the hot dime of a ten-year sentence when the prosecutor offered him a bizarre deal in return for his early release: Go undercover to a maximum-security penitentiary for mentally ill prisoners, befriend a serial killer and get him to confess to his crimes.

In With the Devil is the true story of Keene's strange mission for redemption. It is also a startling look at the way America's law enforcement authorities investigate serial homicides. Although a suspect in twenty murders, Larry Hall had been convicted for just one and that verdict had been overturned on appeal. Among those ready to vouch for his innocence were police officers who were convinced that he was not dangerous, but only a "wannabe"  a geek obsessed with the beautiful young women who had disappeared or been the victims of unsolved murders across the country. If Keene's mission was to be successful, he would need to learn details about Hall's crimes that had never been previously disclosed. He would also need the location where Hall buried a young woman who had been among the Midwest's most famous missing person cases. If her remains could then be found, there would be no doubt of Hall's guilt.

"In life, people can take a few wrong turns that destroy them. I’m one of those people," Keene says to open his story. "But I was given a second chance ― not only to save myself but to redeem society for the wrong choices I made." The prosecutor's offer, he adds, "would change my life more than any prison sentence."

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