But by the time Edwards met Balascio’s mother, Kay, he claimed to be completely reformed.
What no one suspected was that he wasn’t just lying — he was a killer.
Charming and intelligent, Edwards used his past to gain fame and notoriety,
“She agonized over whether she should call the detective for a while,” explains People Senior Editor Gillian Telling in an exclusive clip (above) from a PeopleTV special about what Balascio ultimately discovered.
“She actually called her sister first and said, ‘I’m thinking of calling the detective,’ ” Telling continues. “Her sister said, ‘If you have to do it, do it.’ She called detective Chad Garcia,
But even before that terrible revelation, she and her siblings had discussed the fact that their dad had a dark side — which he sometimes took out on the family.
The case’s twists and turns (and Balascio’s central role) will be the focus of Monday night’s People Magazine Investigates, on Investigation Discovery, exclusively previewed above.
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The truth, she eventually learned, was yes.
She connected the dots in part because of her own internet sleuthing, and her dad, Edward Wayne Edwards, was arrested in 2009 after a fateful phone call Balascio made to investigators with what she knew.
His eventual confession showed he had murdered at least five people, including his own son.
Stranger still, Edwards would often move his family in the middle of the night without warning — Balascio’s first clue that something wasn’t quite right.
“Kids aren’t stupid,” she tells People.
But it wasn’t until 2009, as a 48-year-old mom of three grown children, that Balascio decided to look deeper, sure that she had to act on her nagging concerns.
The scenario wasn’t unfamiliar: The Edwards family was nomadic, roaming from town to town every six months to a year, at their father’s whim, and often without warning.
“He’d tell us the we had to move in secret because he was protecting us, because there were people who wanted to hurt him or us,
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