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The true story of serial killer William Lee Neal, who claimed to be better than Ted Bundy, from the New York Times–bestselling author of Monster.
“Welcome to my mortuary!” were the chilling words announced by William Lee “Cody” Neal to Angela Fite on July 5, 1998, after luring the pretty twenty-eight-year-old to the Denver, Colorado, townhouse he’d turned into a den of torture and slaughter. With twisted pleasure, he showed her two dead female bodies on the floor and a third, live one—naked, gagged, and bound, spread-eagle on a mattress.
Neal, who called himself “Wild Bill Cody,” was seductive and skilled at separating love-struck women from their money, and ultimately, their lives. Forty-three-year-old divorcée Rebecca Holberton let Neal move into her townhouse and “loaned” him $70,000. On June 30, 1998, he repaid her by crushing her skull with an ax and wrapping her in plastic. On Friday, July 3, he brought another girlfriend, Candace Walters, to the home, clubbing her to death and desecrating her body. On Sunday, yet another acquaintance, Suzanne Scott, watched helplessly as Angela Fite was murdered by Neal, who then sodomized and raped his bound captive.
Apprehended by police, Neal, who proclaimed himself better than Ted Bundy, insisted on representing himself at the trial. Though the evidence against him was overwhelming, it was the testimony of Suzanne, who had survived Neal’s unspeakable torture, that finally put this monster on Colorado’s death row.