I just finished reading the book, "I'll be watching you" by M. William Phelps. The book is about convicted serial killer Ned Snelgrove. Ned was a intellect with a degree from Rutgers but as is the case with so many intellects, the obvious escapes him. Ned idolized Ted Bundy and studied his cases in an effort to improve upon and outdo Bundy. This case is interesting because it virtually slipped under the media radar (there isn't even a Wiki page on this guy). This guy killed his college girlfriend years after they broke up and attempted to kill another woman shortly therafter. He was caught when his second victim survived and he subsequently admitted to the murder of the first victim. He was sentenced to 20 years in NJ (shaking my head as I write that). Because of the laws in NJ, he only served 11 years and was released (no parole) despite having composed an 11 page letter to the judge outlining (in great detail) his crimes and the satisfaction he derived from them; stating that he "cannot control his urges" and would only be safe as long as he was locked up. Ned reasoned that if he admitted to everything and showed remorse, if he showed that he really wanted to get help; the judge would go easy on him (it worked in the first case but the letter came back to bite him in the second). He corresponded with an old friend while in prison in NJ and stated that when he was released he would "pick up where he left off". Ned wanted the friend to write a book (his story). As far as I can tell, the friend didn't turn the letters over to law enforcement until they learned of their existence and went to get them. When he handed them over he said, I want them back. (nice guy).
After his release, Ned went back to his native Connecticut and got a job as a frozen foods salesman. The company he worked for knew about his prior conviction but still hired him (they wanted to give him another chance at a normal life). This guy did his presentations in homes! The police believe he had a dead woman in his trunk during one presentation. Imagine: the guy standing in your living room selling you steaks has uncontrollable sexual impulses, a profound hatred of women and has been covicted of murder? After a couple of unsuccessful attempts at kidnapping and rape, he killed another woman. Throughout his trial, he never proclaimed his innocence but instead said "they didn't have enough evidence to prove I killed her". There are several open homicides that law enforcement believe Ned is responsible for. After reading the book, I can only say "Wow".
This guy should NEVER have been released from NJ and as a result of his release and his friends failure to alert someone of his future plans, this other woman lost her life. Here are some links that I found: