Tom Henry: Confession of a Killer (Paperback)
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In 1983 the author, a Christian Businessman, arrived home from a sales trip to discover that his wife and three children had been brutally murdered. A year later he was convicted and sent to prison. He was innocent. In prison he met Henry Hillenbrand, known as the card man because he sold homemade greeting cards. Henry told David an incredible story. In 1970, after murdering the woman he loved and the man he found her in bed with, he had executed a daring escape from jail by cutting through his cellblock's iron cage and the bars of a window and rappelling from the third floor with a rope he braided from a sheet. During 13 fugitive years in Missouri, he had remarried and fathered two boys, defended himself in court, attempted suicide, converted to Christianity, and been recaptured by the FBI. In this book, the two imprisoned convicts endure riots, shakedowns, and gang extortion attempts while the formerly godless murderer-now a believer-dictates his story to the formerly Christian family man-now a skeptic. One is trying to get his story out; the other is trying to get himself out. Throughout, the goodwill and humor of both men emerges. Early on, when David wants to write this book, Henry advises him: "Be careful what you wish for, Hendricks. When I was a child, I wanted bunk beds.
About the Author
David Hendricks was a 29-year-old Bloomington, Illinois businessman, husband and father of three. In November, 1983, murderer(s) entered their family home and slaughtered the occupents while David was away on a business trip. From the moment he showed up, David was the first and only suspect. A year later he found himself convicted of a quadruple murder and given a never-get-out prison sentence. In prison he met Tom Henry, who stood out among the violent and ignorant denizens of that dark place as a decent guy. When David discovered that this "decent guy" had brutally murdered two people he was dumbfounded. But the two became friends and soon decided to embark on a the writing Tom Henry's incredible biography. Tom Henry told the story to David in their prison cell, and the rest, as they say, is history. David was acquitted by a new jury, once again is a businessman. He lives with his wife, Gazel, in Orlando, Florida and can be seen walking their two dogs, playing tennis or riding his Harley.