'Spider And The Fly' Delves Into Mind Of A Murderer — And The Reporter Who Covered Him | Here & NowIn reporter Claudia Rowe was living in Poughkeepsie, New York, working as a stringer for the New York Times, when she started covering a series of murders committed by a local man named Kendall Francois. Rowe, at the time struggling with her own demons, wrote a letter to Francois — the first contact in what would become a yearslong quest to find out what could make a man commit the kinds of violent murders to which he confessed, and for which he was eventually convicted. Rowe writes of the disturbing relationship she developed with Francois, and how her years delving into his life helped her resolve her own issues and move on. The door to the Pleasant Valley post office pulled against me as if trying to test my resolve. To swing it wide and begin my dutiful march down the white linoleum floor toward mailbox number required surprising strength. But I did it, as I had all autumn. Boxy and prefab, the post office huddled next to the oldest building in town on a cracked parking lot surrounded by chain supermarkets.
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The Spider and the Fly: A Reporter, a Serial Killer, and the Meaning of Murder
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For two years, he piled their bodies in the attic of a house he shared with his mother and his two younger siblings.
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Book Excerpt: 'The Spider And The Fly'
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The author and illustrator, Tony DiTerlizzi , based this book on a poem by Mary Howitt originally written in The Spider and the Fly became a Caldecott Honor book in The Spider and the Fly presents the poem of the same name , composed by Mary Howitt , as a picture book, illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi. The book contains 40 pages and is intended for children ages 5 and up. The plot is conveyed by a series of monochrome drawings, which set the events around the eponymous spider's home. The poem describes a spider 's ultimately successful attempts to entice a fly into her home, apparently with iniquitous motive.
The Spider and the Fly by Claudia Rowe is a spellbinding combination of memoir and psychological suspense where a female journalist chronicles her unusual connection with a convicted serial killer and her search to understand the darkness inside us. The story begins as any true crime story might—a reporter writes a letter to a criminal in prison. This really is a spider building a web and a fly who gets caught with no chance for escape. Claudia Rowe is a stringer for the New York Times when this story begins. When Rowe begins to exchange letters with Kendall, she has no idea how much of an impact it would ultimately have on her life.
Writers are drawn to a crime scene like flies to rotting flesh, and so when a serial killer was caught in her town of Poughkeepsie, N. Kendall Francois was a notorious local john repeatedly reported for abusing women throughout the late '90s. But it wasn't until police took out a warrant to raid his family's home that they found a hoarder's den filled with garbage, rotting food, mold and human bodies. Maggots fell from the attic where Francois had stashed his victims in plastic bags and a kiddie pool. A Seattle Times reporter and Pulitzer Prize nominee, Rowe ravenously hunts down vignettes of derangement and despair.