After spending most of his life in the public eye, the old sheriff was enjoying his retirement living on Ambergris Caye Island off the coast of Belize. The only worries he had involved how many cigars to smoke each day or which fly rod to use. Strangely, it was a friend request on Facebook that caused the investigative juices to once again flow in the tanned body of one of the most infamous lawmen in Southern history. Within days, he found himself in an run-down old plantation house in the Louisiana swamps, enjoying a smoke with a dying psychopath who wanted to confess all the brutal murders he had committed over a twenty-five-year span. Had the sheriff been summoned to hear a confession or was he to be added to the list of this criminal's victims?
Deathbed confessions aren't new to me. But I must say the request from Blueberry Hill's daughter comprised the longed message I've ever received on Facebook.
I knew right away who this old crook using the name Blueberry Hill was; he was the most interesting prisoner I had ever had in my jail. Seeing him again might be exciting.
Hearing his deathbed confession would be a rare opportunity to look closer at the mind of one of the most unique criminals I had known.
Gerald Hege was born and raised in the farming community of Pilgrim, North Carolina. He served as a North Carolina sheriff from 1994 until 2003. While in office, he investigated and solved over two dozen murder cases. He never had an unsolved homicide. He is a Vietnam combat veteran and now resides on the island of Ambergris Caye, San Pedro, Belize.
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