Hechler’s Blog

The Presidential Election

An old friend from Finland, who has lived in the United States and visited many times, wrote to ask me to explain the results of the presidential election. I see it as THE BIG DISRUPTION. But this one wasn’t a disruption that came from the tech geniuses in Silicon...

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Article on Parenting Website about In Good Hands

I was glad that a parenting website was interested in writing an article about In Good Hands. The point of my book was not only to describe the twists and turns of an amazing case that slowly made its way through the criminal justice system, but to empower parents...

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Meeting with the Lawyers Who Defended Gail Cutro

When I was in Columbia to promote my book, I arranged to meet with the three lawyers who represented Gail Cutro at her first trial. After a few rounds of email, we agreed to meet in a downtown bar on Sunday afternoon. I didn’t know what to expect. I hadn’t spoken to...

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A Parent from In Good Hands

I had lunch with Davis Daniel the day he was featured in an article in The State  about the parents of the children who died. Davis was accompanied by his current wife, Cindy Daniel, who runs a business that does criminal background checks for clients. She emphasizes...

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An Excerpt from In Good Hands and a Column on Day Care Safety

What I really liked about the package of stories in The State  newspaper is that Executive Editor Mark Lett immediately understood the first time we met in his office that my book presented an opportunity for his paper to address three issues simultaneously. It could...

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Day Care Safety Then and Now

The most important article The State  ran during my visit to Columbia attempted to assess whether children in day care are safer today than they were when Gail Cutro was first arrested. It was written by reporter Clif LeBlanc, who covered the Cutro case back then...

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Revisiting the Case of Gail Cutro

Along with the video The State  newspaper shot to kick off the coverage of my book, which examined a murder case against a woman who ran a family day care, the paper also ran an article about In Good Hands  that appeared the same day.  What particularly pleased me...

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What Does This Say About the News Industry?

When I was in Columbia a couple of weeks ago to promote In Good Hands, I asked the hotel clerk where I could buy dental floss and a copy of The State  newspaper. She thought about it for a minute and said, "Well, there's a Walmart over the bridge. You could just go...

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