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"Kathryn Casey has the roots, the guts, and the talent...She takes her place as one of the best," Ann Rule
As an award-winning journalist and the author of eleven true crime books, I've spent thirty years writing about real cases, real people, real murders. It's been an amazing education on law enforcement and the criminal mind.
Why true crime? Because it opens a window into the human mind, the human heart, the very best of humanity and the very worst. In each book, I dig into a sensational case, pulling all the evidence together, doing my best to answer all the questions, not just who, what, how and where, but the most important, why?
My most recent true crime book? POSSESSED: The Infamous Texas Stiletto Murder came out in September 2016.
Recalling so many of the cases I've covered, this is the story of two people who should never have tried to meld their lives. Stefan Andersson was a brilliant man, a respected scientist with a soft heart and the urge to care for those he loved. Ana Trujillo lived much of her life as a suburban mom and wife, a successful career woman. Then she threw it all away to frequent downtown Houston's trendy nightclubs and restaurants, circulating from one man to another, all the while following her interest in the occult. When they met, Andersson couldn't have understood what Trujillo had become. Instead he saw a beautiful, vivacious woman. Andersson fell in love with Trujillo, then found it impossible to escape.
As fascinating as true crime can be, it's good to try new things. Toward that end, I've added another genre to my repertoire. For those of you who prefer your bad guys fictional, I've relied on my crime-fighting knowledge and let my imagination free, introducing the world to Lieutenant Sarah Armstrong.
It all began with SINGULARITY, the first book in my mystery series, a pulse-pounding tale of a Texas Ranger hot on the trail of the strangest killer to ever stalk the Lone Star State. BOOKLIST magazine named SINGULARITY one of the Best Crime Novel Debuts of 2009! The thrills continued with the second in the series, BLOOD LINES, this time transporting readers inside two intense investigations, one involving a young superstar hunted by a bizarre stalker. The third novel in the series, THE KILLING STORM, was named a best book of the year by LIBRARY JOURNAL.
Want a glimpse inside the books? While you're here, click the links on the left under excerpts and read the prologue to POSSESSED and THE KILLING STORM's first three chapters.
Since then, I've gone back to my roots. Coming in fall 2017 is my book on a case that rocked the nation. IN PLAIN SIGHT is my account of the Kaufman County prosecutor murders that made headlines across the world. In January 2013, a prosecutor working for the Kaufman DA's office was executed in broad daylight in the middle of town. The FBI, ATF, Homeland Security, Texas Rangers, local police and the sheriff's office investigated. Rumors swirled about the Aryan Brotherhood. Then two months later, the Saturday before Easter, Kaufman's DA and his wife were brutally murdered inside their home. Law enforcement was under fire. Who would be so brazen?
IN PLAN SIGHT completed, I've chosen the topic for my next true crime book. It will be on Houston's bizarre Leon Phillip Jacob case. Such an odd circumstance, so chilling. Jacob and his girlfriend, highly respected veterinarian Valerie Busick McDaniel, allegedly hired a hitman to kill both their exes. Out on bail, McDaniel committed suicide. She jumped from the balcony of her high-rise condo. Jacob is in custody awaiting trial. What truly happened here?
That's it for now, but before I go, one more thing: thank you to all of you who read my books and enjoy them, especially those who recommend my work to others. Your kindness is appreciated more than you know!
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