SEVEN-X is a bone-chilling exploration into the root of evil within us.
Freelance Investigative Reporter Eddie Hansen gets a tip on a missing death row prisoner, Annette Dobson, known as “The SIDS Killer.” Eddie adamantly believes Dobson’s execution was staged and that she was secretly shipped to a Behavioral Health Center in a remote location outside the small town of Dell City, Texas.
With the opportunity to break the story, Eddie voluntarily commits himself into the asylum. His journals, video diary and recordings leave a trail of breadcrumbs into a series of radical experimental procedures conducted on patients without their consent.
With proof that this vicious serial killer is alive, records of her forced exorcism and the impending birth of the child the world believes is dead, Eddie has the big story that will redeem his life and career.
But as Eddie dives deeper into his investigation, he is forced to confront his own demons, becoming an unwilling participant in the asylum’s paranormal rehabilitation experiment.
This is the first novel in the SEVEN-X Series.
SEVEN-X is Amazon’s INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLING NOVEL reaching #1 in Dark Horror, Religious Mystery and Psychic Suspense in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and Australia.
Targeted Age Group:: Adult Audiences
Heat/Violence Level: Heat Level 1 – G Rated Clean Read
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I really wanted to explore the core of evil within us. As human beings our capacity to do good and our capacity to do evil is at such a delicate balance. The triggers of emotional, spiritual and mental response can switch so easily in our lives. But why? I was inspired to explore this question and prayed about how to do it. Then one day, the whole story just downloaded into my head and I decided I needed to stop everything and write. 12 weeks later, SEVEN-X was born.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I wanted my characters to reflect this balance of good and evil and put them into a situation where there was no escape and they would be tested in this capacity to their fullest extent.
Eddie Hansen (the reporter) is a reflection of flawed human who believes he is doing good, but his personal trauma and circumstances lead him to have to explore what is evil within him.
Annette Dobson (the SIDS Killer) is his polar opposite. I wanted to create a character that had performed the most despicable act of savage evil and discover the good within her.
As both these characters souls are laid bare under the circumstance of a paranormal behavior experiment, the supporting characters are there to dissect them to prove their theories on behavior science. An exorcist, a medical doctor and a psychologist each battle to prove what the core of evil is and how it develops within us.
I feel like I’m signing away my life. Literally. I just read through the consent forms I need to sign to cover this story. A story that has to be told. A story I uncovered as part of my investigation into seven missing death-row prisoners in the state of Texas.
My name is Eddie Hansen. I’m a freelance reporter. This journal, along with my audio and video diary, is my record of the Uphir Behavioral Health Center in Uphir, Texas. An unofficial ghost town that’s completely off the grid. A place without a zip code or mailing address.
My best guess is that this is a privately funded asylum where experimental procedures are being conducted without the consent of its patients.
While conducting this investigation, I will be voluntarily under the care of Dr. Alan Haworth, a clinical psychologist, and Rev. William H. Billings, a local minister who will act as counselor in charge of my spiritual condition.
It’s my theory that Annette Dobson, the SIDS Killer, is being held in Uphir, at the asylum, under the care of Billings and Haworth.
In case you missed the news, here’s her story. Over a thirteen-year period, five of Annette Dobson’s children died before they reached their first birthday. Each time, SIDS was determined as the cause of death and no wrongdoing was suspected.
When her sixth child, Anthony died less than three months after his birth in March of 2009, evidence suggested a homicide. A lengthy investigation ensued and Dobson finally broke down and confessed to all six murders.
After a speedy trial, Annette Dobson received the death penalty from the great state of Texas, with her execution scheduled for Friday, May 13, 2011.
While on death row, Dobson became pregnant. A media nightmare broke out when Dobson requested her execution be moved to November 19, 2010. No media, no family, and no outside witnesses were to be present. She stated that her privacy was to be respected, and she alone would suffer the consequences of her actions.
Right to life advocates protested believing Dobson would be consenting to a late term abortion by the time the court made its ruling. The state could not execute her if she was pregnant, but on November 19th the execution proceeded as scheduled.
Annette Dobson left no last statement. A death certificate was filed with the state and her case was closed.
Her infamous husband, Kevin Dobson vehemently denied knowledge of the murders. He told me in our interview that Annette was afraid to die and she would do anything to stay out of hell.
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