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Michael Worden is a police sergeant and author who has redefined the genre of true
crime with his new book, The Murder of Richard Jennings, by delving into the case
with a unique, fresh approach. He began researching several true historical crimes in the
fall of 2009, and has demonstrated an almost obsessive need to obtain information.
"These historical crimes are fascinating slices of our history," Worden recently said
about his research. "I want to tell the story of the crime in a way that no one else has.
The whole picture needs to be presented - the back story, the crime, the aftermath, and
even follow the players in the years after they faded from the headlines."
Worden wants to ensure that his books are historically accurate and relevant while also
being entertaining and fun to read. "The books, including the first one (The Murder of
Richard Jennings - now in print) will be thoroughly documented and noted," he said.
He continued, "but I am doing that in a way which is not dry and boring. I don't want
readers falling asleep the first five pages into the book. I don't want them to be able to
put it down!"
Michael also has said that his books are unique because he is seeking out the locations
of crime scenes, execution sites, burial sites, and other locations relevant to the various
crimes, and reexamining the cases from a unique point of view as a police detective. He
is also stubbornly seeking out images and portraits of the people involved.
He said that during the research into the Richard Jennings case he came across portraits
of the sheriff who had hanged two of the murderers, the judge who presided over the
case, as well as a drawing of one of the murderers!
"You can't believe how excited I was to see the faces of these men for the first time,
especially that of Jack Hodges, one of the murderers. These are people I had studied and
written so much about, and now I was able to see what they looked like."
Michael is also the author of the 2009 book Ghost Detective which is about his
experiences as a paranormal researcher.
Michael resides in Orange County, NY, with his wife and two sons. He is obsessed
with the band Joy Division, and is an avid traveller. His most recent adventures were a
summer 2013 family vacation to Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
In May 2015 he spent a few days in Macclesfield and Manchester, United Kingdom, for
the 35th anniversary of the death of Joy Division front man Ian Curtis (did we mention
he was a bit obsessed?). Former Joy Division bassist Peter Hook and his band, The
Light, along with Manchester singer Rowetta (from the Happy Mondays) celebrated the
lie of Curtis by performing every Joy Division song in Christ Church, Macclesfield.
Michael and his wife were able to attend most of this concert despite being unable to get
tickets thanks to Peter Hook's manager.
He and his family then took a summer trip to the United Kingdom and France, spending
time in London and Paris, as well as a day trip to Normandy to visit some of the D-Day
sites, and a visit t Stonehenge and Avebury in England as part of his research into stone
sites here in the Hudson Valley.
His favorite place, of course, is Finland. He's been there seven times!