J.T. Hunter is an attorney with over fourteen years of experience practicing law, including criminal law and appeals, and he has significant training in criminal investigation techniques. He is also a college professor in Florida where his teaching interests focus on the intersection of criminal psychology, law, and literature.
JT credits his legal and literary training for any success he has had as a writer. He sees many parallels between the tasks associated with writing a true crime novel and those involved in preparing for trial.
He is always on the lookout for compelling true crime stories that deserve to be told, and he welcomes suggestions or leads for new material via email.
In his spare time, JT pretends to be an expert on baseball, and he takes comfort in the fact that there's always next year.
Devil In the Darkness
The True Story of Serial Killer Israel Keyes
He was a hard-working small business owner, an Army veteran, an attentive lover, and a doting father. But he was also something more, something sinister. A master of deception, he was a rapist, arsonist, and bank robber, and a new breed of serial killer, one who studied other killers to perfect his craft. He methodically buried kill-kits containing his tools of murder years before returning to reclaim them. Viewing the entire country as his hunting grounds, he often flew across the country to distant locations where he would rent a car and drive hundreds or even thousands of miles before randomly selecting his victims. Such were the methods and madness of serial killer Israel Keyes. Such were the demands of the 'Devil in the Darkness.'
The Vampire Next Door:
True Story of the Vampire Rapist and Serial Killer
RJ Parker Publishing, Inc., 2014
While he stalked the streets hunting his unsuspecting victims, the residents of a quiet Florida town slept soundly, oblivious to the dark creature in their midst, unaware of the vampire next door.
John Crutchley seemed to be living the American Dream. Good-looking and blessed with a genius level IQ, he had a prestigious, white-collar job at a prominent government defense contractor, where he held top secret security clearance and handled projects for NASA and the Pentagon. To all outward appearances, he was a hard-working, successful family man with a lavish new house, a devoted wife, and a healthy young son.
But, he concealed a hidden side of his personality, a dark secret tied to a hunger for blood and the overriding need to kill. As one of the most prolific serial killers in American history, Crutchley committed at least twelve murders, and possibly nearly three dozen. His IQ ellipsis that of Ted Bundy, and his body count may have as well.
The Country Boy Killer:
The True Story of Serial Killer Cody Legebokoff
VP Publications an imprint of RJ Parker Publishing, 2015
He was the friendly, baby-faced, Canadian boy next door. He came from a loving, caring, and well-respected family. Blessed with good looks and back-woods country charm, he was popular with his peers, and although an accident at birth left permanent nerve damage in one of his arms, he excelled in sports. A self-proclaimed "die hard" Calgary Flames fan, he played competitive junior hockey and competed on his school's snowboarding team. And he enjoyed the typical simple pleasures of a boy growing up in the country: camping, hunting, and fishing with family and friends. But he also enjoyed brutally murdering women, and he would become one of the youngest serial killers in Canadian history.
Legebokoff subject of true crime book
Mark NIELSEN / Prince George Citizen – September 28, 2015
Cody Legebokoff's crimes have gained enough infamy to make him one of the subjects in a series of true crime books about some of Canada's most notorious murderers.
The Country Boy Killer: The True Story of Cody Legebokoff, Canada's Teenage Serial Killer is the recently-published sixth volume in the Crimes Canada series that has already produced books on the likes of Robert Pickton, Luka Magnotta and Paul Bernardo.
The book's author, Florida-based writer J.T. Hunter, admits he knew very little about Legebokoff when the series' backers first asked him to tackle the project, but by the end he learned plenty about the chilling and tragic events that cost four lives before Legebokoff was brought to justice.
Legebokoff's relative youth when he committed the crimes - he was just 19 years old when he went on his tear while most serial killers don't start their sprees until the mid-to-late 20s - and the "randomness of how he was caught," stood out the most for Hunter.
In what is a now well-known story locally, Legebokoff's downfall began in November 2010 when RCMP Cst. Aaron Kehler pulled him over for erratic driving on a lonely stretch of highway between Fort St. James and Vanderhoof.
The discovery of blood on Legebokoff's clothing and in his truck quickly sparked a search that led to the discovery of the dead but still warm body of Loren Leslie, a 15-year-old legally-blind girl, in a snowbound area off a side road a short distance away from where Legebokoff was pulled over. Legebokoff was later linked to three other missing or murdered women...
Read the complete review at The Prince George Citizen.