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…

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…

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…

For Kenny

  “When a person’s light goes out in the sweet hush of God’s breath, the tears still come, but isn’t it easier to understand the gentleness of death? But when one extinguishes his own light from cruelty – from no self-worth – the silent flame that is no more singes every soul on earth.” –…