Evil Harvest, the True Story of Cult Murder in the American Heartland, is still selling twenty-six years after it was first published. The true crime work, by Rod Colvin, was first published by Bantam Books as a mass-market paperback in 1992. Addicus Books published the book as a trade paperback in 1997. Author Rod Colvin said, “I am pleased that this book still sells as a paperback and as an e-book. It is especially popular in the Midwest, where the story took place.”
Dennis Ryan was a teenager when his father, Mike Ryan, became a cult leader on a Nebraska farm in the mid-80s. The cult became notorious after it was discovered that two people had been murdered on the farm. The story is told in Evil Harvest—The True Story of Cult Murder in the American Heartland, written by Rod Colvin.
In February, the Investigation Discovery Channel (ID) aired an episode of their program Evil Resides Here, called “Son of the Prophet,” featuring Dennis Ryan. The program premiered on Wednesday, February 12, at 10:00 P.M. The episode may be watched with the Investigation Discovery Go app or online here. (A cable subscription is required to view the content.)
The attorney for Brendan Dassey, a teenager convicted of murder in Wisconsin, cites the The Twelfth Victim—The Innocence of Caril Fugate in the Starkweather Murder Rampage, (Addicus Books 2014), as an example of a book with stories about individuals wrongly convicted of murder. (“Seventeen Books on False Confessions.” Read the article here.) Dassey is the nephew of Steven Avery, also convicted of murdering 25-year-old Teresa Halbach. The attorneys for Dassey and Avery lay out their case, claiming the men are innocent, in a 10-part documentary on Netflix. The program, The Making of A Murderer, has been so popular that producers are considering a second season.