THE SPIDER AND THE FLY by Claudia Rowe | Kirkus ReviewsThis novel was not what I expected when I picked it up. It's a unique take on true crime and not only focuses on the serial killer, Kendall Francois, but also delves deeply into the author's life and More of a profile of the journalist writing about a serial killer than the serial killer himself. Delves into her interst in criminals and the psychology of murder. The Spider and the Fly : A reporter, a serial killer and a journey into murder. Claudia Rowe.
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Claudia Rowe is a journalist who currently works for The Seattle Times. She has been a member of the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau. Claudia has won many awards for her work in journalism and is a celebrated reporter and advocate. She was assigned to cover the murders of Kendall Francois , a serial killer who murdered at least eight women. Claudia spent five years talking with Kendall in a quest to understand what made him tick and why he committed such horrific crimes. The end result is The Spider and the Fly: A Reporter, a Serial Killer, and the Meaning of Murder , a book about Kendall, his effect upon her and how he helped her to overcome her own struggles.
Thank you! Seattle Times staff writer Rowe chronicles her dogged search to learn about convicted serial killer Kendall Francois, who killed eight female prostitutes in Poughkeepsie, New York, and stashed their bodies in the home he shared with his parents and sister. Francois, it seems, communicated with Rowe, via letters and a few face-to-face meetings, simply in an attempt to draw her into a relationship of some sort. For a while, it worked. Rowe sought a greater understanding of what separates a killer from the rest of us and, specifically, from herself. Her childhood and difficult relationship with her mother and boyfriend become increasingly important narrative fodder, while her communications with Francois fade into the background. It is unclear whether Rowe sees herself as the spider or the fly in this strange, tense relationship, but the hunt was ineffectual in either case.
Rowe appears Jan. Mostly, he was noteworthy for his size — 6-feet-4 and nearly pounds — but also because he was African American, his dark skin an exception in the mostly white communities of upstate New York. Given these facts, Rowe writes, the Poughkeepsie police might have made an immediate connection between Francois and the eight women who disappeared, one at a time, during the mids. Instead, it was Francois himself who offered an unblinking confession, then pointed them toward the home he shared with his parents and sister. There, they found all eight bodies stored like Christmas ornaments in the attic. Friday, Jan. Tuesday, Jan.
For two years, he piled their bodies in the attic of a house he shared with his mother and his two younger siblings. At the time of these murders, current Seattle Times education reporter, Claudia Rowe, was working in Poughkeepsie as a stringer for the New York Times. She wanted the story, but she also wanted to know the culprit; she wanted to get inside his head.