The October Girls: Remembering Kelly Sims and Michelle Loran

In the autumn of 1990, a slight October breeze cut through the evening air on the streets of Kelso, Washington. A pretty brunette with Farrah Fawcett bangs stepped out of her friend’s car at the corner of Allen and Pacific streets. She planned to walk to the Rendezvous Bar only two blocks away, but friends…

The Baby on Appletree Drive: Gabriella LaMorie’s Story

“Now we lay her down to sleep. We pray the Lord her soul to keep. We pray the bruises that hurt her skin were healed by kisses from angels when her soul hovered over an Arizona town, her body dead in a hospital gown. Thank You, Lord, for her two years beginning with joy, ending…

Sincerely, Angela: A Mother’s Letter About Her Son’s Bullycide

Editor’s Note: This letter was written by Kenneth Suttner’s mother, Angela Suttner, in hopes of giving insight to her family’s world after her son’s suicide and the subsequent legal actions that followed regarding the horrific bullying he suffered from. All pictures and content were provided by Ms. Suttner. To read the memorial article about Kenny…

The Carport Murders: Who Killed Emily and Totinika?

“Rockabye mommies asleep in the car. Do you two know how missed you both are? The bullets that took you pierced your soft skin but they could not destroy your spirits within.” August 26th, 2016 was a sweltering day in Oklahoma. Temperatures were beginning to tip over 80 degrees as people went about their Friday…

Murder on Last Resort Road: Who Killed Nathan Scoggins?

“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk through my garden forever.”                              – Alfred Tennyson A few miles east of Eufaula, Oklahoma, up a slight hill stands a crooked sign that reads LAST RESORT ROAD. Beyond that is a memorial garden with an enormous white cross at the…

The Last Day of School: Where is Alissa Turney?

A grainy home video dated March 29, 1997 shows crooked footage of a man in a hat and plaid shirt in the woods. “Hit the red button now,” the man says to his daughter, who turns the camera to her sister, Alissa, in the distance. “Sarah! Sarah!” Alissa hollers, and the little girl turns the…

A Cold Kentucky Night: Where is Savannah Spurlock?

On January 4th, 2019, a beautiful brown-eyed brunette in heels walked out of a bar in Lexington, Kentucky. Grainy surveillance footage shows the shivering twenty-two-year-old in the chilly winter breeze with two men. A third man was with them, out of view. The young woman wandered off-camera with the men, disappearing from the sight of…

An Autumn to Remember: A Father’s Love for His Daughter

“When the cold winds dance in, Autumn’s brilliant color leaves, shedding her fiery beauty from the sycamore trees.”     “It was always two tickets,” Mike Bartle said to the courtroom. “It was always two meals. It was always a discussion between the two of us.”     Mike’s daughter, Autumn Bartle, was the miracle baby born…

The Summer of Shari

“She blossomed on earth to bloom in heaven.”– Engraving on Shari’s headstone                         She collected stuffed koala bears. She was voted “Wittiest” during her senior year of high school, and was the choir vice president for the jazz band. She invited outcasts to sit with her at lunch. She was the perfect mix of mischievous…

Oklahoma’s Angel: Celebrating the Life of Baylee Almon

“Children who die are not really gone, But go to a place that is something like home, Where they sleep the deep sleep, as quiet as stone, Until we can join them when our lives are done.” Baylee Almon, the infant seemingly frozen in time among the carnage that took place at the Murrah building…