Speaking as one who was intimately involved in this case from the time Wayne and his brother Rodney arrived at the doorstep of the Humboldt County Sheriff's Department until its court disposition (they are never officially concluded until the death of the perpetrator), I have complete knowledge of the investigation of this case and the outcome.
I can therefore state publicly that Ms Rother has done an exemplary job of presenting the case in a way that puts the reader into the life history of Wayne Adam Ford and presents the information and the facts of the case in such a way that the reader can understand Wayne and his motivations, sexual deviency, attitudes and his defense to the extent that is possible. The author covered Wayne's evasive answers when asked the details of the killings, why he cut up two of the victims and so on. She also covered the defense's use of that information during the trial. Ms Rother's narrative switched back and forth to different periods in Wayne's, the victims, and Wayne's families lives, and back to the investigation of the initial murder in Humboldt and to the other murders.
The details of what duties I and my fellow deputy sheriffs had to perform during this investigation are indeed lurid, horrible and way beyond what I thought I had signed on for in law enforcement. Of course by the time this case came up I had been a homicide and major crimes detective for some years and had been able to keep such things where they belong in my psyche.
Ms Rother presents the life history of Wayne in a progressive and cohesive manner for the reader. It is very accurate as I can attest, as I did most of the early interviews with Wayne's ex wives, friends and family members. I won't repeat the psychological examination of the book by Ms Franklin but to say that I agree with most of her conclusions. In the book, the testimony by Drs Deitz and Meloy are shown by Ms Rother to be what they are; conflicting but equally compelling opinions. Ms Rother also examines the testimony of Dr Davis, the expert on coerced confessions. Ms Rother does a good job of presenting the facts of what happened during the investigation which did not, in the opinion of the court, deny Wayne his constitutional rights, including his right to an attorney if he so desired. (a criminal suspect has to be 1. in custody and 2.subject to an interrogation for Miranda to be in effect) Rother also correctly reported that Wayne invoked his rights early on, and they were honored by me and other members of our agency. Ms Rother also accurately reported that later on, Wayne changed his mind and decided to talk to me about his crimes.
The book also examines the defense team's assertion that Wayne's depression was mitigating evidence and Ms Rother does a good job of covering the prosecution's and the defense's cases. The book also portrays the case in detail from both sides. Ms Rother does not take sides with anyone involved in the case and she has presented the case in amazing detail and accuracy. Ms Rother has honored the information, the story of Wayne's life, the crimes he committed, and the famililies of the victims, who are still and will be victims as are homicide or major crimes' victims, and their families left behind by the tragic deaths.
The other point Ms Rother made is that Wayne Adam Ford seemed to be a normal 36 year old man. He had friends, socialized in kerioke bars, was personable, attractive looking, and seemed to be a nice guy to his friends, and yet he committed unspeakable crimes. I am glad I decided to trust Ms Rother with this case because it is an unusual story of serial killings that needed to be told, and because Ms Rother did such an outstanding job of pulling all of the information together in an informative yet entertaining way. This book was tough for me to read because I lived the case, but it was so well written I had to read it all.
Was Wayne Adam Ford sorry for his crimes? He never said he was sorry to me. Did Ford really turn himself in? The true hero of this case is Rodney Ford who almost dragged Wayne into the Sheriff's Office after Wayne told Rodney he changed his mind. Rodney did not know what crimes Wayne had committed when they arrived at the Sheriff's Office, just that he "had hurt some people.". If Rodney had let Wayne have his way..............?