Serial killer expert to host library discussion

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M. William Phelps

By TAYLOR HARTZ
STAFF WRITER
Connecticut’s own crime expert, M. William Phelps, will be discussing decades’ worth of expertise on all things murder at the Plainville Public Library on Oct. 13.
The Vernon and East Hartford native is a New York Times bestselling author, having written more than 30 fiction and non-fiction books on murder, crime and serial killers.
Called “the nation’s leading authority on the mind of the female murderer,” by Radio America, Phelps has dedicated his career to delving deep inside the minds of the nation’s most brutal criminals.
In Plainville, Phelps will host a book signing and discussion titled “Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer: How He Thinks, Why He Kills.”
”I’ve interviewed serial killers for ten years, written books about them, and speak to a very famous, prolific serial killer every week,” said Phelps in a press release last week.
Phelps will also discuss the investigation surrounding alleged New Britain serial killer William Howell.
Howell is the lead suspect in a series of abductions, rapes, and murders in 2003 that led to the recent discovery of several body parts behind a plaza in New Britain.
Howell was charged in the serial murder case last month, and Phelps will discuss how he fits into “the spectrum of the American serial murderer.”
“I think it’s going to be a fascinating program with lots of local interest because of the New Britain murders,” said library director Peter Chase.
In addition to writing, the investigative journalist frequently helps detectives around the country solve cold cases.
Phelps is the author of “Murder, New England”, “Nathan Hale, the Life and Death of America’s First Spy”, and “Madness. Sex. Serial Killer”, and has written for several publications in the state including Connecticut Magazine and The Hartford Courant.
He has been featured on hundreds of news and radio shows, and has served as an expert and consultant on television shows including “Deadly Women,” Snapper and “Dexter.”
“I think it is going to be a very interesting to hear what they have said to him,” said Plainville Councilman Patrick Kilby, who will host the event along with the Friends of the Plainville Public Library.
“As a fan of ‘Dexter,’ I think its going to be a great discussion,” said Kilby.
Phelps will be speaking at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at the Plainville Public Library.

M. William Phelps
M. William Phelps