M. William Phelps


Investigative journalist M. William Phelps, a serial killer expert, is the national bestselling, award-winning author of twenty nonfiction books, including five about serial murderers. Winner of 2008 New England Book Festival Award for I’ll Be Watching You, Phelps has appeared on over 100 television shows as a crime expert, the USA Radio Network, Catholic Radio, Ava Maria Radio, ABC News Radio and Radio America, who calls him “the nation’s leading authority on the mind of the female murderer.” He frequently appears on the hit Investigation Discovery show “Deadly Women.” He’s written for the Providence Journal, Hartford Courant, the New London Day, and has been profiled in such noted publications as Writer’s Digest, NY Daily News, Newsday, Albany Times-Union, Hartford Courant, Connecticut Magazine, Suspense magazine, Forensic Nursing, and the NY Post. He also consulted on the first season of the Showtime cable television series “Dexter.” Beyond his non-fiction crime work, in 2008 Phelps published a highly acclaimed narrative nonfiction biography of Revolutionary War patriot Nathan Hale: NATHAN HALE: The Life and Death of America’s First Spy, which was optioned for film by Warner Bros.

In 1996, Phelps’s pregnant sister-in-law, Diana Ferris, was savagely murdered in Hartford, Connecticut. Through his writing and work with crime victims, M. William Phelps is on an obsessive quest to not only find his sister-in-law’s killer, but the reasons why people kill and what stirs inside the dark minds of serial murderers.

Phelps lives in a small Connecticut farming community near the Massachusetts border and can be reached at his author website.

Phelp’s newest book “Obsessed” is now available here!

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