Manchester, England, September 29, 2015 -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- They are the sporting heroes who committed some of the worst crimes imaginable. And now writer James Buttler has chronicled their misdemeanours in a new book called ‘Killer Instinct: The Trials & Tales of Murderous Sports Stars’.
It tells the stories of 29 sportsmen and women who have served time in prison for killing another human being. The book brings readers up close and personal with the trials and tribulations of sports stars over a wide range of sports and across the globe.
James, 46, who currently lives in Rochdale in Lancashire was inspired by the Oscar Pistorius case and a Google search of his own name which prompted the top result of James Butler, a former USBA super middleweight champion boxer who killed his friend with a hammer.
James says he has always had a passion for crime thrillers and sports and, through his latest book, has managed to combine the two genres.
“I think there are a lot of people like myself who are interested in reading about crime and sport,” James said, “I just wanted to mesh the two together.
“It has been a very rewarding project – finding about all of the killer’s stories,” James added. “I found it a very interesting and fascinating subject, and hope the readers will find it equally worthwhile.
“I’m certainly haven’t glorified the murders involved,” he continued. “Every incident was a preventable tragedy, but I think readers’ will be surprised at their reactions to some of the killers. I certainly was – they did a horrendous thing, but you can’t help but empathise with a few of them”
Originally from Louth in Lincolnshire, James worked in local government for a little over a decade before re-training with a Creative Writing degree at the University of Leeds. He embarked on a career in sports journalism in 2006 which led to four years as the media manager at Yorkshire County Cricket Club and his first book, Yorkshire CCC: On This Day in History”, which was published in 2012.
He currently covers a variety of sports as a freelance writer and has established his own cricket website called cricketbadger.com.
For his next projects he hopes to update his 2012 publication and is also researching a book looking into the psychology and interactions in famous sporting families.
Killer Instinct: The Trials & Tales of Murderous Sports Stars is out now and available on Amazon for £12.99.
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