In 1998, eight women were missing in Poughkeepsie, New York. The Spider and the Fly chronicles Claudia Rowe's relationship with the convicted serial murderer of these women. Kendall Francois is a huge, soft-spoken, self-effacing man and yet he killed eight and stored their decaying bodies in the attic and basement of his family home. His mother, father and younger sister lived in squalid chaos and accepted the horrific stench and falling maggots without question. Francois would not have been caught for a much longer time if he had not decided to confess.
Claudia Rowe wants to understand the mind of this serial murderer and she sacrifices her relationship with her boyfriend, her friends and nearly her sanity to the quest. What kind of man kills and kills? What forces act to develop such evil? Is there any scrap of humanity left in Kendall's heart? These are all questions Claudia tries to answer. She writes to Kendall, she calls him, she visits him in jail. She interviews the families of victims and the police officers and FBI agents who investigated Kendall Francois. A fascinating read that isn't just a true-crime who-dun-it? It raises questions about the potential evil in us all.
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