I'm going to tell you a story.
A true story.
True but horrifying.
I am sharing it with you because I met the killer, spent several hours talking to him, face-to-face, just days before he was executed.
I first wrote about this in 2008, October as it happens. I wrote it before I came to work for the DA's office, for a book that never materialized. This was going to be the opening chapter.
I will tell it over the course of a couple of weeks, in serial form (appropriate, as you will come to see). I encourage you to read and share it with others, but know before you begin that it is the story of a murder.
And not just any murder: it is the story of a man who killed a very young girl. It is also a story of the man who caught him, who I also interviewed for the book.
But it begins from the perspective of the murderer, as I'm going to tell it to you just as he told it to me. His words.
The story takes place in 1995.
And it begins tomorrow.