“American Justice” to feature Hossencofft case Thursday

Journalist Bill Kurtis takes aim at a bizarre New Mexico murder case this week.  Kurtis, host of A&E’s American Justice, tells the story of the Girly Chew Hossencofft murder in an hour-long episode titled, “Traces in Blood.”

Because I covered this case for the better part of five years–and even wrote a book about it–I was interviewed extensively for this program.  Excerpts of my appearance can be seen here.

According to A&E’s Web site, the episode is scheduled to air twice Thursday, July 3 (10am Eastern/9am Central & 4pm Eastern/3pm Central).  Please check your local listings for details.

A&E describes “Traces in Blood” as follows:

A look at the bizarre case of Diazien Hossencofft, a con man with the ability to convince his victims of just about anything. Hossencofft persuaded Linda Henning, a former fashion designer from New Mexico, that he was something other than human, and Henning started to claim that she was his “alien queen”. We examine the relationship between the two and try to determine if it led to the murder of Diazien’s wife, Girly Chew Hossencofft.

“Traces in Blood” first aired April 7, 2004.  When I was interviewed for the program, I was taking time off from TV work and writing September Sacrifice (Kensington Publishing Corp., December 2004) while holed-up in a wonderful, old adobe home in the remote and charming town of Hillsboro, New Mexico (you can see pictures from my time in Hillsboro here).

In 1999, I published a Web site dedicated to the Hossencofft case. Little did I know back then that markhorner.com/hoss would grow into hundreds of pages of articles, pictures, documents and videos.  The site is widely regarded as an excellent Online source for information about the case.

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