April Balascio was an adult with three children when she finally sat down to search for answers to a question that had eaten at her for years: Was her father — a charming and violent man, obsessed with crime — capable of something monstrous?
The truth, she eventually learned, was yes.
She connected the dots in part because of her own internet sleuthing, and her dad, Edward Wayne Edwards, was arrested in 2009 after a fateful phone call Balascio made to investigators with what she knew.
His eventual confession showed he had murdered at least five people, including his own son.
The case’s twists and turns will be the focus of Monday night’s People Magazine Investigates, on Investigation Discovery, and is featured on this week’s cover, on newsstands now.
On Friday, People Senior Editor Gillian Telling, who wrote the cover story, appeared on