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Ian Hitchings, was born and bred in the South Wales Valleys and has the tortured look one associates with the criminal fraternity rather than those who merely write about them.more...Ian Hitchings, was born and bred in the South Wales Valleys and has the tortured look one associates with the criminal fraternity rather than those who merely write about them. He\'s told the true crime stories of those wildly different experience in such gripping prose that he\'s had more than one bestseller on his hands, and will probably have others. But you\'re unlikely to have heard of him.
Step forward Ian Hitchings, Britain\'s foremost True Crime Writer. Step forward and take a bow! Ladies and gentlemen, behold the writer. If he\'s blinking a little in the limelight, that\'s because he\'s not used to it. Of all the books he\'s written, his name has appeared on scarcely any of them, and he\'s sometimes under contract never to mention the fact that he was the writer to anyone other than the agent and publisher involved. On occasion, he can\'t even tell the publisher, this is why he more often than not uses his pseudonym name.
Not that\'s he\'s complaining - which probably makes him the only true crime writer in the world without an ego, \"If I were to have designed the new Rolls Royce that would be a pretty staggering achievement, wouldn\'t it? But I wouldn\'t expect to have my name plastered across it - \'designed by Ian Hitchings\'. I\'m perfectly willing to accept that it\'ll say \'Rolls Royce\' on it. I\'d like all my true crime books to take the credit for what they expose - the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Never mind my opinion, he seems to be saying, what about the opinion of my readers ? Perhaps, it\'s something he\'s picked up from years of being the man behind his Grundig Dh2220 hand held dictation machine, the blank sheet of paper where all his true crime stories come to life.
What he needs to do is empty out all his preconceptions and identify completely with the person sitting opposite him. He\'s very good at it - fantastically frighteningly good sometimes. \"Quite a lot of people I\'ve interviewed would be considered......unsavory, but I never in my entire life judge anyone - no matter how serious or gruesome the crime they have committed\".
It\'s a different world that Ian Hitchings lives in - or rather a multitude of different worlds, a new one every few months or so, all according to the true crime manuscript he is dictating. It\'s an unusual perspective, that sometimes makes him act a little oddly, especially when he\'s knows that a client who has commissioned him to write a true crime book is foolishly attempting to pull the wool over his eyes. Because, Ian Hitchings is no mug and says \"The most important thing my late father told me was, \"Listen for the whisper when the voice drops, you\'re getting close to the truth. Never ask them to repeat, they may become hesitant to do so\".
Usually, when Ian Hitchings is writing someone\'s true crime story, he\'ll take their word for what they tell him. If it seems suspicion, he might ask, \"are you sure? Are you absolutely sure that\'s the way it happened?\" But if they say yes, absolutely, he\'ll put it in. But like any responsible writer, he always makes sure what they have told him is the truth - after all, if they can\'t convince him, he\'s going to have real trouble convincing his readers that he\'s being completely honest with them.
But where does he find all these gruesome true crime stories from, which have never been published previously? Or, more to the point, where does he find the material to write about them? \"Well, one of the basic ways is looking through the newspapers, then once I\'ve firmly established this, the next stage would be for me to access all the necessary websites and undertake an in-depth search on the subject so to retrieve all the relevant material. Because, all such information is firmly placed within the public domain, it\'s just a matter of knowing exactly where to look for it and having the right computer to explore the internet with. This is why I use an extremely expensive top of the range dell computer system, as I can retrieve such details with great speed and accuracy\".
Area Covered: UK
Work Experience Summary: I have over two decades of experience. Throughout this time, I have exposed the truth behind some of the UK\'s most notorious killers from the black panther, Donald Neilson, to Suffolk prostitute serial killer, Steve Wright.
Education Summary: I have a 2:1 Bachelor of Law degree.
True Crime Writer & Author