An Hour To Kill

A True Story of Love, Murder, and Justice in a Small Southern Town

Dale Hudson and Billy Hills

St. Martin's Griffin

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A vicious murder.

Churchgoer. Family friend. All-American boy. Murderer. Ken Register, much to the shock of the small town of Conway, South Carolina, was all of these things. Clean-cut, polite to a fault, and respectful of elders, Ken was the kind of guy parents wanted their daughters to date. But only months after a seventeen-year-old girl's brutal murder, the residents of Conway were in for another suprise: that the killer was one of their own.

A stunned community.

Crystal Todd and Ken were "best friends," and had even briefly dated. When Crystal's hideously gutted body was found near the woods of Conway, Ken checked in every day to console Crystal's mother and inquire about the murder investigation.

A shocking killer.

Ken was practically the last person anyone would suspect. Until he started acting nervous and suspicious, afraid he would be "framed" for Crystal's murder. And until DNA tests confirmed that he was indeed the man who repeatedly raped and stabbed Crystal Todd, then left her mutilated body in a ditch.

Discover, through fascinating first-person accounts, the tortured Southern son who committed murder; the courageous detective determined to break the case; the broken mother who lost her only child; and the disbelieving parents who, to this day, defend their son's innocence.

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Dale Hudson and Billy Hills

Billy Hills is Associate Professor of Psychology at Coastal Carolina University.

Dale Hudson is a successful businessman. Both authors, life-long residents of South Carolina, spent nearly five years researching for this book.

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An Hour To Kill
A True Story of Love, Murder, and Justice in a Small Southern Town
Dale Hudson and Billy Hills

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
March 2001
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250025852
ISBN10: 1250025850
288 pages, Includes 8 pages of photographs
$18.99
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