From Feb 2009 Milwaukee Magazine by Julie Sensat Waldren: MURDER, SHE WROTE It's a well-worn cliche' that truth can be stranger than fiction. Yet there's a reason narrative nonfiction has such power. Take FATAL IDENTITY (Badger Books), a true-crime nonfiction novel by JOURNAL SENTINAL reporter Gina Barton about the 2001 murder and dismemberment of Hales Corners musician Timothy Wicks. Barton, who originally covered the case for JS, takes a tale- one that could have been easily forgotten by the general public in the frenzy of the news cycle- and turns it into a great read. The story unfolds like a John Grisham novel, following investigators as they piece together bizarre bits of evidence and culminating in a suspenseful courtroom drama. A few of the middle chapters get bogged down in details about murder suspect Dennis Gaede's checkered past, but the portrait that emerges is chilling and frighteningly real. This is a compelling story set in our own backyard. --Milwaukee Magazine Feburary 2009
About the Author
Gina Barton is an investigative journalist with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In addition to being published in several newspapers, she has contributed to the Quill, the magazine of the Society of Professional Journalists, and to Woman's World.