Tonight my special guest is author Ann K. Howard who's here to discuss her book called His Garden that details the bodies left behind a shopping mall by serial killer William Devin Howell.
"You want to know what happened? Ask Anne."—serial killer William Devin Howell
A monster was on a killing spree. In just nine months, seven people went missing; all of their bodies eventually discovered in a wooded lot behind a suburban strip mall. But the investigation that led law enforcement to their suspect, William Devin Howell, is only part of the story behind HIS GARDEN: Conversations With A Serial Killer.
A practicing attorney, author Anne K. Howard first contacted Howell while he was serving a fifteen-year sentence for the murder of one of his seven victims. He was about to be charged for the remaining six murders. A unique and disturbing friendship between the two began, comprised of written correspondence, face-to-face prison visits and recorded phone calls. Howell, who had been unwilling to speak to any members of the media, came to trust Howard.
In the years that follow, the suspect shared his troubled history with Howard but refused to discuss the charges against him, promising only to tell her everything when the case was over.
That time has come.
HIS GARDEN probes the complicated and conflicted mind of William Devin Howell--Connecticut’s most prolific serial killer. Both sacred and profane in its narrative style, the story on these pages explores the eternal question of human evil and its impact on others, including the woman he chose to hear his horrific confession.
Anne K. Howard is an award winning true crime author and attorney. Her book, "His Garden: Conversations with a Serial Killer," published by Wildblue Press in 2018, tells the story of Connecticut's most prolific serial killer and the confessions that he exclusively gave Howard. The author also has a popular blog, "Serial Murders in Connecticut," in which she writes about solved and unsolved murders in the Nutmeg state. Howard is featured on numerous television shows and true crime podcasts. Coming in 2020, Howard's new book, "The Bra Murders," tells the story of a vintage serial murder case that took place in Stamford, Connecticut, in the late nineteen sixties. Howard endeavors to tell compelling true crime stories and fictional stories that explore human evil and the havoc that it wreaks on victims' and their families. An attorney, Howard's legal knowledge lends substance to the overall narrative.