An Hour to Kill: A True Story of Love, Murder, and Justice in a Small Southern Town
An Hour To Kill tells the heart-wrenching true story of the strange and terrible events that forever changed a community and our country's legal system.
In 1991, Conway, South Carolina was shocked by the brutal death of 17 year old Crystal Todd, a popular high school student who had been trying to put her life in order. But on a cool night, while on her way home from a party, Crystal unwittingly ran into the wrong person: Ken Register, a long-time friend of the family. Register was a clean-cut church going young man, but his dark side came violently to the surface when he raped and murdered his friend, then disposed of the body in a brutal manner.
The long investigation of the murder and the stunning news that Register had been arrested for the crime shocked the disbelieving community. Register, who had comforted the victim's mother after the crime, was not even a police suspect until a newly-developed form of forensics called DNA-testing uncovered his guilt. But the truth soon became clear in a courtroom drama revealing a sordid tale of fantasy sex and deceit.
In an attempt to provide closure after years of bitter controversy in the still-divided town, local authors Dale Hudson and Billy Hills conducted their own investigation of this bone-chilling crime. Through voluminous research and interviews -- and despite several death threats -- Hudson and Hills unveil the true behind-the-scenes story of the crime...the story of big-city crime invading a peaceful small town...lives destroyed by murder...and the two mothers who fought for the children they loved.