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TSM23-11. Anne Howard, on ESCAPE FROM MARIUPOL.

Their Story Matters with Sara Troy and her guest Anne K. Howard, on air from March 14th

In early 2022, life in the port city of Mariupol, Ukraine was safe and predictable for Adoriana Marik. The 31-year-old tattoo artist loved walking her dog by the seaside and meeting friends at cafes and public gardens. But all that changed on February 24, 2022, when Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his “special military operation.”

Adoriana was forced to hide in a filthy network of basements and underground tunnels. For more than a month, under deafening round-the-clock bombardment, she huddled with little food or water, and no heat, surrounded by groans from the sick and the smell of death. She decided to escape.

ESCAPE FROM MARIUPOL: A Survivor’s True Story is the tale of her perilous journey to freedom, an incredible tale of a brave young woman’s indomitable will to survive. As told to award-winning author Anne K. Howard, the book is a must-read for those who appreciate tales of extraordinary courage.

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Anne Howard AKA Anika Savoy is an award-winning author and attorney who has always felt a supernatural pull. A healthy skeptic, she can’t deny her near-death experience and the shift it made in her life and writing. She attended McGill University and graduated with distinction in 1988 with a B.A. in English Literature. While at McGill, she won several creative writing contests. Thereafter, she wrote three historical romance novels. In 1998, Anika changed course and pursued her lifelong dream of becoming an attorney. She graduated from University of Cincinnati, College of Law with Dean’s Honors in 2001 and practiced law for almost 20 years. Now, Anika returns to her first love: writing historical romance. She endeavors to add paranormal elements that take readers into a fairy tale universe where ghosts and witches exist, and happy endings abound.

We will touch on her exposé or this book, but leave it to you to see , read and hear more.

His Garden: Conversations with a Serial Killer

A lawyer gets inside the mind of a notorious New England serial killer in this award-winning and “grimly compelling” true crime (Kirkus).

For nine months of 2003, William Devin Howell went on a killing spree in and around New Britain, Connecticut. Seven people went missing; all of their bodies were eventually discovered in a wooded lot behind a strip mall. But the investigation that led to Howell’s arrest is only part of the story.

Attorney and author Anne K. Howard first contacted Howell while he was serving a fifteen-year sentence for one of his murders. He was about to be charged for the remaining six. A unique and disturbing friendship between the two began, comprised of written correspondence, face-to-face prison visits, and recorded phone calls. Over the course of years, Howell shared his troubled history with Howard. When his case was finally over, he told her every intimate, grizzly detail of how he became Connecticut’s most prolific serial killer.

In His Garden, Howard probes the complicated mind of William Devin Howell. It is a story that explores the eternal question of human evil and its impact on others, including the woman he chose to hear his horrific confession.

2020 Independent Press Award

2018 Literary Excellence Pencraft Award

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I have seldom come across a more forensically researched book about a serial killer, helped by the author’s remarkable access to the man himself. William Howell is a monster – but when in conversation with Anne Howard, he becomes a pliable witness to his own grizzly life story. His testimony and confessions to her were comprehensive and revelatory – neither the Police nor his own lawyers got the full story of Connecticut’s worst serial killer – Anne Howard did. AKA ANIKA
Will Hanrahan, TV Producer, BBC, Netflix, A&E, Discovery ID.

Link to the show 21st Century Serial Killers, Season One, Episode Three FIND HERE

The Ghost In Her is the first in Anika Savoy’s Ungilded Series.



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