When he walked into the Humbolt County Sheriff's Office in Northern California with a woman's severed breast in his pocket, 36-year-old Wayne Adam Ford wasn't even a suspect. But before it was all over, he would be convicted of the grisly torture and murder of four women, two of whom he dismembered. If Ford hadn't confessed, he'd probably still be out there today. But he did confess - because he knew he'd kill again. Based on previously sealed testimony and interviews with the key players in the case, "Body Parts" is a frighteningly intimate look into a twisted man overcome by the horror of what he had done, and powerless to resist his increasingly perverse sexual appetites. Ford's statement was only the beginning as the trial became a maze of legal one-upmanship and inadmissible evidence. Now, with unprecedented access, Caitlin Rother at last reveals the full picture of what drove a damaged man to his unspeakable crimes.
New York Times bestselling author Caitlin Rother has written or co-authored eight books, both fiction and non-fiction: true crime books LOST GIRLS, POISONED LOVE, DEAD RECKONING, BODY PARTS, TWISTED TRIANGLE, and the thriller NAKED ADDICTION. She is the co-author of MY LIFE, DELETED and also of DEADLY DEVOTION (originally published as WHERE HOPE BEGINS).
Rother is now working on I'LL TAKE CARE OF YOU, about the murder of entrepreneur and inventor Bill McLaughlin by his fiancee, femme fatale Nanette Johnston Packard, and her NFL-playing lover, Eric Naposki, in Newport Beach, California. It will be released in late 2013.
Her latest book, LOST GIRLS, tells the story behind the rape and murder of Amber Dubois and Chelsea King, two innocent teenagers from San Diego, California, by sexual predator John Albert Gardner.
Rother, a Pulitzer-nominated investigative journalist, worked for nearly 20 years for daily newspapers, covering issues ranging from addiction, suicide, mental illness and murder to politics and corruption at City Hall and in Congress. Most recently a staff writer for The San Diego Union-Tribune, Rother also has been published in Cosmopolitan, the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, The Daily Beast and the Huffington Post. She has made scores of TV and radio appearances as a crime expert on shows including, "Nancy Grace," "Women Who Kill" on E!, the "Snapped" series on the Oxygen Network, numerous shows on the Investigation Discovery channel, "On the Record" with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News, and various public radio and television programs across the southwestern United States.
Rother, who earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from University of California Berkeley and her master's in journalism from Northwestern University, teaches narrative non-fiction, creative writing, advanced feature writing and interviewing at the University of California San Diego-Extension.
For more information, check out her website at http://caitlinrother.com, or on Facebook or Twitter, @caitlinrother.