Gera-Lind Kolarik (Prisoners of Fear, I Am Cain) was a TV journalist for CBS and ABC as well as a crime reporter/investigative reporter with the City News Bureau in Chicago. In 1984, she won an Emmy Award for her coverage of the shooting of Judge Henry Gentile. Kolarik is the founder of Evidence Video. She lives in Chicago.
Wayne Klatt (I Am Cain) has worked as a broadcast editor and reporter for the City News Bureau since 1962. He lives in Chicago.
Freed to Kill
The True Story of Serial Murderer Larry Eyler
by Gera-Lind Kolarik with Wayne Klatt
Garrett County Press Digital
Cover design by Kevin Stone
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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.
"Kolarik, a one-time assignment editor for a Chicago TV station, played a pivotal role in the Eyler case, as she saw a link between the Indiana and Illinois murders. And in this tense, judicious brief, written with the broadcast editor of Chicago's City News Bureau, she recaps the gruesome case and the legal complexities which allowed an apprehended serial killer to be set free to take yet another life."
"This is a vividly written and very thought-provoking book, a good choice for both true crime and legal-issues collections."
To read about Eyler's subpeona of the author's notes, click here.
To read about Eyler cooperating with the police, click here.
To read about "The Return" of Larry Eyler, click here.