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A fitting death for each victim in ‘Deadly Dreams’

Jody Henning’s book, “Deadly Dreams and Desires,” is based on events in her life. Every person killed off in the book is real and the relationships are true; however, some of the events have been embellished for the story line.

When Henning started writing “Deadly Dreams and Desires” in 1996, it wasn’t meant to be a book. It was supposed to be therapy, a way to vent the anger and hostility she had for the men who had taken childhood away from her – men who had abused her and gotten away with it due to her home circumstances, vulnerability, innocence and naivete.

She began putting down on paper incidents in her childhood that had continually bothered and literally haunted her for years, and it soon evolved into a murder mystery. The characters in the book are in essence real, but names have been changed for obvious reasons. The protagonist, Alex Jordan, is based on Henning but the book is not an autobiography.



As the story unfolds, Alex takes detectives Tulley and Saunders and the reader on an emotional journey through her past. She relives her nightmares and confesses to the ultimate revenge of murder for those who crossed her path. Her list is long, her confessions explicit and brutal, but not everything is as it seems as she confesses her sins.

The “murders” are innovative and each one fits the victim. Henning tried to pick fitting deaths for each individual – a punishment or death that matched the crime they had committed.



Henning lived at South Lake Tahoe for 12 years in the mid-1980s and ’90s, working at several different jobs.

She and her husband, Donnie, live in Fernley with their boxers, Popeye and Olive Oyle, who are Ed and Trixie in the book.


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