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Richard Reed served as an Intelligence Analyst and Korean Language interpreter in the U.S. Army, and has worked in the court systems or law enforcement since 1975. He worked in the Criminal Investigation Division of the Evansville Police Department (Indiana) from 1987 until he was promoted to Sergeant in 2003.  While assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division of the Evansville Police Department he was the lead investigator on the Joseph Brown case. The past commander of the Internal Affairs Division, Richard Reed retired from the Evansville Police Department and now resides in California where he writes full time. Richard Reed is the author of The Cruelest Cut and The Coldest Fear; and, a co-author of Blood Trail.

According to the book description of The Coldest Fear, “the first victim is murdered in a Marriott Airport hotel room on the outskirts of Evansville, Indiana. Her eyes and the left hand are removed from the scene and her tongue has been cut out and stuffed in the tub drain where she is found floating in blood. Jack Murphy realizes that this is not just another vicious murder when the body of a second victim is discovered only hours later on the floor of her kitchen in the south-side projects. The missing hand from the first victim is propped by the victims bloody head, the middle finger prominently displayed to those finding the body. A day later a third victim is found, this time gutted and strung up from the bottom of a bridge, left to bend and sway with the current of the Pigeon Creek. With all of these murders, one newspaper reporter seems to have a direct line to the killer, and a secret he wants to keep hidden.”

According to the book description of The Cruelest Cut, “the first victim is attacked in her home. Tied to her bed. Forced to watch every unspeakable act of cruelty - but unable to scream. The second murder is even more twisted. Signed, sealed, and delivered with a message for the police, stuffed in the victim's throat. A fractured nursery rhyme that ends with a warning: 'There will be more'. For detective Jack Murphy, it's more than a threat. It's a personal invitation to play. And no one plays rougher than Jack. Especially when the killer's pawns are the people he loves.”

According to the book description of Blood Trail, “In 2003, sadistic sexual predator Joseph W. Brown claimed to have strangled Hendrix with his favourite murder weapon: a shoelace from a woman's size-eight shoe. Ginger Gasaway, 53, met Brown at a Gambler's Anonymous meeting. She didn't know that when she took up with him, she was gambling with her life. On August 30, 2000, Brown murdered Gasaway and scattered her body parts across three Indiana counties. For this grisly crime, he would be sentenced to life in prison without parole. But it wouldn't be his first time behind bars...In 1977, Brown had been sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and armed robbery. In 1995, he was released despite the fact that he'd beaten a fellow inmate nearly to death. Brown later confessed that during the next five years, he indulged in a seven-state rampage of torture and murder, his victims female hitchhikers and prostitutes. Now doing time in Wabash Valley Corrections Centre, Brown maintains that he murdered no less than thirteen other women.”

About the Evansville Police Department

The Evansville Police Department consists of 321 employees, of whom 285 are sworn police officers and 36 are non-sworn employees.  They provide law enforcement services for a population of approximately 127,000.  Patrol services handle approximately 108,853 calls annually. The Evansville Police Department is an accredited police agency.

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