by Ray Bendici
Feb 19, 2013
08:54 AMUnsteady Habits
Kiss of the She-Devil
If you haven't seen it yet, investigative journalist, crime expert, best-selling author, host of Investigation Discovery's "Dark Minds" and Connecticut resident M. William Phelps wrote a great article for the March issue of Connecticut Magazine, "Blue-Eyed, Blonde and Gone." It's a well-researched look at four missing person cases from the 1970s and 1980s involving young women who disappeared in Connecticut and Massachusetts; Phelps suggests that all these cases might be related, and even offers a few thoughts in regard to a possible perpetrator—or perpetrators.
Phelps' interest in crime and these types of cases comes from his personal experience—in 1996, his pregnant sister-in-law was murdered, a crime that still hasn't been solved.
The story in the March issue coincides with the first episode of the second season of his acclaimed "Dark Minds" show, which premieres on Feb. 27. If you haven't seen the show, it's a compelling (and often, horrifying) look at murder cold cases where Phelps enlists the aid of an actual imprisoned serial killer for a unique "inside" perspective on these crimes, and possibly to find resolution in these cases.
But that's not all Phelps has been working on. He has authored over a dozen true-crime books, including recent ones on Windsor murderess Amy Archer-Gilligan and the curse of the Colt Family. This month also sees the release of Kiss of the She-Devil, a provocative new true-crime story.
According to the press release, the book is "an investigation into a twisted love triangle that ended in murder when librarian Martha Gail Fulton was gunned down in a Michigan parking lot on a quiet evening. The two obvious suspects—the victim's husband and his mistress—both had ironclad alibis. When detectives reviewed the security video of the library parking lot, they were shocked to see that the shooter was a stranger. And he—or she—was not alone. Thus began an investigation that uncovered a deadly conspiracy concocted in a scorned lover's living room, more than 1,000 miles away, in the quiet, coastal military town of Fort William Beach, Florida."
It's a riveting tale—and I want to be careful using a term like that because although it reads like fiction in places, it is a narrative involving actual events: Martha Fulton was a living, breathing person who lived in Michigan and was brutally murdered. Sometimes with stories like this, especially with a catchy title, we don't think they involve real people because we see them on TV or read them in books, which removes us from the violence. Sadly, they are all too true.
Kiss of the She-Devil is available at Amazon.com and other retail outlets.