Larry W. Eyler was caught in 1983, accused of being the "homosexual highway killer," responsible for 22 murders in three states. Unbelievably, he was indicted for just one killing and spent three months in jail before an Illinois judge determined that the overwhelming evidence against him was tainted. He was released. Six months later Eyler was caught again. This time he was accused of a brutal, unimaginable murder of a 15-year-old street hustler. Crime journalist Gera-Lind Kolarik was the first person to recognize the killer's hunting pattern, which crossed state lines -- she alerted the Illinois Lake County sheriff, thus initiating a crucial turn in the investigation. In Freed to Kill, Kolarik with journalist Wayne Klatt intelligently examines the story of Eyler and his victims and investigates the institutions and officials that allowed Eyler a chance to hunt again.
Gera-Lind Kolarik has been a journalist in Chicago since 1976 where she was a police reporter with City News Bureau and a freelance reporter with the former Chicago Daily News. She has also worked as a news assignment editor for the CBS and ABC television affiliates for ten years. She received an Emmy Award in 1984 for Best Spot News Reporting and was nominated in 1985 for an Emmy as a producer in an investigative reporting series. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors; Sisters in Crime; Association for Women Journalists; International Crime Writers Association; Mystery Writers of America; Society for Professional Journalists; International Press Club; and the Chicago Newspaper Reporters Association.
Kolarik is also a contributor to Family Circle, Ladies’ Home Journal, Chicago Magazine, and the American Bar Association Journal. She is a frequent speaker concerning the role of journalists in reporting women-related crime stories. Prisoners of Fear is Kolarik’s third book. She has previously written Freed to Kill (1992) and “I Am Cain” (1994). Kolarik lives in Chicago.
Wayne Klatt has worked as a broadcast editor and reporter for the City News Bureau since 1962. He lives in Chicago.
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Published December 12, 2012
by Garrett County Press.
Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences.