To Paula,


To Paula,

You have been waiting a long time for this story to come out and I appreciate your patience. The book, “THE THIN GRAY LINE” will be out this summer and you will be notified as to where and when a copy can be purchased.

A reminder to all…

This book is not just about death, but about life- and the unprecedented relationship between myself, the victim and those who stepped forward to help with my investigation. This story highlights the inconsistencies of the original investigation and proffers rational segues to suspected rumors, known alliances and conspiratorial theories surrounding the death of Charley Covington.

Some who are uncomfortable with its findings, may come to call it fiction.

Some who are in the know, may come to call it truth.

Some may bury their heads  in the sand and say, “No, not here, not here.”

Some may shy from the sunlight and pray that they not be recognized for their part in this travesty.

Still others will read it with a keen eye and a historical perspective and find plausible segue to all that is offered and demand that it be followed to the end. For over 4 years I have asked  for your help. Many have stepped forward; to you I give great thanks. Many have walked away and begged not to be involved. Still, many others have given credible information. As always, there are some who have given misinformation with intent to delay, deny or confuse the facts. I thank you too, for it made me a wiser person.

The original manuscript grew to over 460 + pages of information before editing. Distilling the endless bits of information has been a monumental task.  In the end it will be up to you to decide what  you can allow yourself to believe or what you can become comfortable with as the truth.  While some have shared their historical perspective, others have denied history itself and continue to live within a bubble of fantasy.  To them I say, just because it is not within your personal purview- do not assume that it did not happen. Truth is stranger than fiction in this case, but you do not need to take my word for it. Several of your older citizens know the truth of what happened that night…  2 of the alleged  ‘4 in flannel’ walk among you still…ask them to tell the truth about what they know– not just what they feel they can afford to share in the light of  this discovery.

For those of you who will take umbrage with this book and its findings… to each his own.  Truth is a double edged sword: for even as it has the power to protect- it has the power to destroy and so too, to release  or to imprison.
I am an investigative author, trained in the Investigative Forensics field of study- not God. I have no desire to re-write history, but only to reveal it. Whatever truth can be gleaned from the totality of my experience and research will find its way through to the proper persons. It is necessary that I now, “Let go and let God,” as it were.  He will find the proper avenue for ultimate disclosure- not I.  I  have merely done what I set out to do and kept a promise to Charley and myself that I would not quit until the appointed hour.That appointed hour has arrived.

To be sure, I have used whatever means have been made available to investigate and this includes the use of both active and retired law enforcement, archival documentation/information, archival and contemporary interviews and psychic detectives. I understand that each  of us has a different comfort level with those things that cannot be  seen or heard by most.  But let us not  discredit the efforts of those who have given many years of their personal and professional gifts without profit to help me in this matter, simply because we may not  currently understand the significance or application of their gifts within such a cold case.  Instead, we should thank them for their endless efforts on our behalf  and respect that this is part of a  new process to reach justice.

This book exercises the demons of doubt surrounding  the original investigation and my placement within its resurrection and affords those with histrionic information to step forward and share what they know. To answer the questions no one ever bothered to ask them. This story is not always pretty. This story is not always kind-even to me. It is however, my experience, my truth and I share it with you without reservation in hopes that it will lead to a final resolution.  In the end… this book is about, ” THE THIN GRAY LINE” between what I believe happened that night on the Clyattville – Nankin Road and what can be proven in a court of law. You the reader, will ultimately be the judge.
I hope that answers your questions.

One Response to “To Paula,”

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