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She Was Young, Terrified, And Still Bound In Handcuffs When She Was Found On The Street Screaming For Help...

To authorities she spilled the shocking details of a night of horror. It was the lead they'd been desperate for in a multi-state manhunt for an elusive serial killer. Where the witness took them was to the last man anyone would have suspected.

Richard Marc Evonitz was beloved by friends and family. He was handsome, intelligent, and compassionate. Serving a spotless eight years in the U.S. Navy, he was a town hero who lived in harmony in an exclusive South Carolina neighborhood. The only ones who saw Evonitz's dark side were his victims. They were helpless teenage girls who, one by one, were subjected to his twisted sexual fantasies of kidnap, rape, and murder-until his double life came undone by the brave cunning of his last young victim. But as authorities and the media descended upon him, Evonitz had one more shocking surprise in store for everyone-a stunning final act of violence and reckoning that would turn a bright sunlit morning blood red.

About the Author

Diane Fanning is the co-editor of Red Boots & Attitude and the author of The Windwalkers. Her stories and essays have been published in the Baltimore Sun and other periodicals. She is the Executive Director of Another Way Texas Shares, a non-profit federation. Fanning lives in New Braunfels, Texas with her husband, cat, and dog.
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Product Details

  • Series: St. Martin's True Crime Library
  • Mass Market Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312985266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312985264
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.7 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,123,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am the author of eleven true crime books published by St. Martin's Press including the Edgar Award nominated WRITTEN IN BLOOD and the best-selling MOMMY'S LITTLE GIRL. For the work I began with THROUGH THE WINDOW, I received the "Defender of Innocence" award from the Downstate Illinois Innocence Project. My latest true crime is HER DEADLY WEB. Additionally, I have written six mystery novels including five in the Lucinda Pierce series from Severn House. The latest is FALSE FRONT.

I have been featured on 48 Hours, 20/20, The Today Show, Biography, Forensic Files, Deadly Women,Behind Mansion Walls, Deadly Sins, On the Case with Paula Zahn, Justice with Judge Jeanine, MSNBC News, Court TV, Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell, the Discovery Channel and local TV channels and have been interviewed on dozens of radio stations coast to coast.

I am an experienced non-fiction, fiction and commercial writer. I earned more than seventy Addy Awards in the twenty years I wrote for radio, television and print. I worked as an Executive Director at non-profit organizations for more than a dozen years. In that capacity, I served three terms by appointment of the Governor of Texas on the State Advisory Committee and received the 2002 NACG Freedom Fighter Award.

I was born in Baltimore, Maryland, lived more than two decades in Virginia and now live in New Braunfels, Texas with my husband and a cat with an attitude.

Customer Reviews

Here in the first 2 chapters you have the ending of the book.
David Chopin
This book seems to be filled with useless facts that are loosely connected to the main story.
Joseph Hardy
I would recommend the book to anyone that is a true crime fan.
Elizabeth

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By David Chopin on February 19, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a long time reader of true crime books I feel the best reads are the ones that have you turning the pages long into the night as you try to solve the "who done it" along with the investigators.

This is the method used by the best fiction writers like Grisham and Dan Brown.

Many true crime writers today use a quick "cookie cutter" method to churn out profitable books by following a formula where the author first gives you the books ending then you flashback to the history of the town the protagonist was born in, talk about the grandparents and parents, then give the murderer's childhood up through the crimes.

Many people are acceptable of this "C-" writing style but the best writers like Carlton Stowers, and Ann Rule's first Books(today Ann Rule is a cookie cutter writer)wish for more.

Here in the first 2 chapters you have the ending of the book. I would suggest for greater enjoyment of this book you begin with chapter 3.

My method for finding the best in true crime books is before purchasing the book to look at the bottom of the back cover.

Here you will see if the book has been selected as a Book of the Month Selection or if the book has won the Edgar Award for best true crime book of the year. If either applies...buy the book.

I would suggest for the best in true crime writing, where you are staying up nights and can't put the book down, you try to find the following books in the used book section. You won't be disappointed.

Try these:

1) "Dreams of Ada"

2) The Minds of Billy Mulligan"

3) "Unveiling Claudia"

4) "Careless Whispers"

5) "Zodiac"

6) "Zebra"

If you buy any of these used books be prepared to stay up all night.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mary loves Murder on March 24, 2005
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This is the first book I've read by Fanning, and I doubt I'll be interested in others. I love true crime when well written. But this story should have been merely one episode in a compilation of tales. The man's a monster, and his victims pathetic, but the facts are thin. Fanning pads the book with tedious detail and overdramatic flourishes. I always "recycle" my paperbacks by handing them on to others, but this one will go in the wastebasket.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 2004
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"Into The Water" is the horrifying, true story of a case that haunted Virginia for years. When Sofia, Kristin and Kati were murdered, and months turned to year with no break in the case, people wondered if it would ever be solved. In 2002 Virgnians got the news they longed to hear: Spotsylvania slayings solved! It was solved because of one brave girl who escaped the killer. While I firmly believe Spotsylvania authorities, such as Howard, did their best to find the killer, it all comes down to the fact that Kara's courage brought down this monster. If you are from Virginia, especially the Spotsylvania area, this book is not really worth reading since it is basically everything that was in the newspapers. However if you aren't familiar with this case, you must read this book. And out of honor and respect for Sofia, Kristin and Kati, I believe after reading the book people should donate to a missing child organization. Just my two cents.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LoLo on May 11, 2009
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I love Diane Fanning's Written in Blood, but this one was a real stinker. You know the ending before it begins, there is only speculation as to what happened. I found myself skimming over the pages at the end hoping for something interesting. I do not like to give negative reviews, but this was horrible. I have read many true crime books and this was one of the worst. Her other books are far superior.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Danielle on March 3, 2010
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I think it's worth dividing this review into two parts... Those with a pre-interest in the Evonitz case and those who are interested in the true crime genre.

For those who know about the murder of Sophia Silva and Kristin & Kati Lisk, or those living in Virginia or South Carolina, this book will most likely interest you. At the end of the day the book is more of a tribute to those 3 girls and Kara (the survivor). The author paints a picture of the long and arduous investigation, how all families (including the Evonitz family) and surrounding communities were affected by these awful crimes.

For real true crime buffs, this isn't one for you. Most true crime digs into the offenders sordid past, how their mind works, how they fit with killer profiles etc. Unfortunately for the author, she didn't have that opportunity. There was some general info on his childhood, family, career and marriage but nothing in depth.

Not having heard of Evonitz before, I was dismayed to find the ending right upfront. Obviously they caught him, but the high-speed chase and what followed would have been a great climax & worth waiting for.... never mind. I also could have done without the red sticker on my copy advertising "8 pages of haunting photos" - 3 buildings, a police dog, 2 streetscapes, a smiling sheriff etc. I also wonder why there weren't proper photos of Sophia, Kati and Kristin??

Prepare for confusion. The author would branch out into other dates, other murders, other victims, other suspects. I know she was trying to replicate the feeling the investigators had - sinking in a gross amount of leads, but for a reader it just gets confusing.
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