After serving for four years as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, Havill changed his citizenship from British to American in 1961. He then began his writing career in 1962 at U.S. News & World Report. From 1970 to 1980 he owned and operated a successful Emmy and Addy award-winning advertising and public relations firm in Washington.
In 1980 Havill retired for four years to travel and spend time with his family. Soon after settling just outside Washington, he began his career as a biographer, choosing subjects ranging from the billionaire Jack Kent Cooke to O.J. Simpson.
Havill also writes frequently for newspapers, with two notable features having appeared in The Washingtonian—one a 20,000 word article on the stock market crash of 1987 and another on the 1993 killings at the CIA building in Virginia. Havill has made other contributions to "The Washington Post," "City Paper," and "The New York Times."
Havill also served as president of the Washington-area chapter of the Variety Club, an international children's charity affiliated with the entertainment industry—from 1986 to 1988.
He lives with his photojournalist wife of 34 years, and has two children—a son who works as a systems analyst for a Japanese software company and a daughter who works as a producer for Paramount's syndicated programming division.
While Innocents Slept: A Story of Revenge, Murder and Sids (January 2001)
The Mother, the Son and the Socialite: The True Story of a Mother-Son Crime Spree (March, 1999)
Man of Steel: the Career and Courage of Christopher Reeve (July 1996)
Deep Truth: The Lives of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein (June 1993)
The Last Mogul: The Unauthorized Biography of Jack Kent Cooke (1992)
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