* Warning: This interview deals with disturbing material *
In the 1990s, New York Times stringer Claudia Rowe knew something sinister was happening when women who worked the streets of Poughkeepsie, New York, as prostitutes began disappearing.
But when Kendall Francois was arrested — and later confessed to killing eight women and hiding their bodies in his house — what began as a reporter’s investigation into the meaning of evil became an obsession that would have a profound impact on her life.
Rowe writes about her relationship with Francois in her new book, The Spider and The Fly: A Reporter, a Serial Killer and the Meaning of Murder.
The reporter would become so obsessed with trying to understand the volcanic violence and rage inside Francois, it would destroy her personal life.
She says the relationship