5 lessons I learned covering same-sex marriage at the Supreme Court

The start of this week was a whirlwind of press conferences, photo opportunities and historic court arguments for me as I covered the Supreme Court in action for the first time. I’ve been a full-time reporter since 1999, and while my career has led me to Instanbul and Tokyo and Paris and Belize, I’d never been to our nation’s Capitol, much less granted a seat for one of the most historic high court arguments of the generation. I was there Tuesday, April 28, as the justices listened to...

First signing is in the books!

Today I'm recovering from a four-day road trip to Minneapolis -- with an 11-month-old boy in tow, no less -- where I met up with David Batcher for our first-ever book signing. The response we're getting for the book is humbling. I'm incredibly appreciative and hopeful that we can get the word out about our work. The Kennedy women we highlighted are fascinating, and I think our approach is accessible to introduce them to a new generation. Here are some photos of the big night, courtesy of...

Kennedy Wives has arrived!

I remember reading author interviews when I was younger and being dubious when the scribe likened his or her latest book release to birthing a child. I am in perfect position to judge that analogy this year: In December 2013, I delivered my first son. In June 2014, my latest true crime hit bookstores. And this week, one year after the birth of my boy, my first hardcover -- The Kennedy Wives: Triumph and Tragedy in America's Most Public Family -- is making its nationwide debut. I assure...

I get bored with predictability, so after three true-crime books, I switched it up for Book No. 4: It's a non-fiction biography about the Kennedy wives. I also didn't work alone this time. David Batcher, with whom I went to high school, signed on under the guise of helping me research, but by the time the book proposal was finished, I realized I wanted more than just his behind-the-scenes help, so I enlisted him as a coauthor. It was a brilliant decision. David was one of those annoying,...

The Tyler Hadley case

He stood behind her, a hammer clenched in his hand. He was silent, and she was oblivious. The hammer’s handle was smooth in his palm. He stared at her as she typed absentmindedly on the family computer. He was still for a long time and he held the hammer at his side as he eyed his mother’s head. -- So goes the first paragraph in my third true crime book, See How Much You Love Me. It was a difficult story to tell -- one about a boy whose parents did all the right things in trying to...

Effin' Matt Power

A few weeks ago, a good friend of mine died. I didn't get to know him long, but I had the privilege of knowing him pretty damn well. Matthew Power had been a colleague whom I got to know during my stint as a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan (2010-2011). It was a tight-knit clan that spent hours together crammed in buses and seminar halls and on airplanes. We traveled the globe together, visiting Argentina, Brazil and Turkey. A lot has been written about Matt since he died...

Learning from Love

Yeardley Love was no shrinking violet. The truth will come out about the University of Virginia lacrosse star, the young woman whose piercing blue eyes peered out to millions from magazine covers, newspaper pages and television reports. We will all learn that though her name has become synonymous with domestic and dating violence—due in no small part to the allegation that her lacrosse-playing boyfriend beat her to death in a violent rage just weeks before they were to graduate—the...

About Amber Hunt

Amber Hunt is an award-winning journalist who works for the Cincinnati Enquirer as an investigative reporter. She previously covered crime for the Detroit Free Press and the Dakotas for The Associated Press and was a 2011 Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan. She's written three true-crime books: Dead but Not Forgotten, All-American Murder and See How Much You Love Me, and is co-author of the upcoming The Kennedy Wives: Triumph and Tragedy in America's Most Public...

“See How Much You Love Me” coming soon

 

As I type this, the second week of testimony is getting under way in Florida in the sentencing hearing for Tyler Hadley, a now-20-year-old man who bludgeoned his parents to death with a hammer.

It’s been a gruesome case to watch unfold. By all accounts, Mary Jo and Blake Hadley were loving parents — doting, even — who were attempting to do all the right things by searching for help for their increasingly disturbed son. The thought they were in danger never seemed to cross their minds. Rather, Mary Jo had told many friends that her worry was always that Tyler might hurt himself.

I spent more than a year studying this case, examining documents obtained through open records requests, visiting the Florida town where the tragedy occurred and interviewing Tyler’s friends. It was particularly heartrending as, during my research, I gave birth to my own son. I couldn’t help but look at him and wonder if the same rush of love had washed over Mary Jo when she first welcomed Tyler into her life. Not 18 years later, he repaid that love with a fury of hammer blows. It’s unthinkable.

Tyler faces up to life in prison. He isn’t eligible for Florida’s death sentence because he was six months shy of 18 when he killed his parents.

“See How Much You Love Me” is available for pre-order through Amazon and slated for a June 3 release.

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4 Responses to “See How Much You Love Me” coming soon

  1. Mike Hadley - Uncle of Tyler Hadley says:

    Hi Ms Hunt,

    I am Blake Hadley’s brother. I just want to say that I have no problem with anyone wishing to write a book, make a move, or anything else as long as you do it in good taste, and not misrepresent any facts. I am deeply disturbed of the despicable picture that you portray on the front cover of my brother Blake and my sister-in-law Mary Jo with blood on it. My family would support your book if we knew what was in it, but we did not have the opportunity. We have much better pictures if you would have only asked. By the way Tyler was 5 months to the day from being 18 not 6 months.

    • amber says:

      Michael: I can only offer your family sympathy. I of course tried to reach family members before writing the book. I didn’t hear back, and didn’t follow up to specifically ask for photos. I felt that would be pestering. Maybe I should have. I didn’t push harder because I didn’t want to be disrespectful.

  2. Laurie Wyckoff says:

    Miss Hunt:
    I don’t know if you ever received my first comment. It keeps telling me required fields are marked and have information in those fields.

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