Blurb: When deaf eighteen year old Craig Short leaves home to attend the prestigious school for the deaf, little did his parents know it would be the death of him?
Excerpt: For the students that chose to stay, there were signs of getting back into the swing of things. They again enjoyed dorm parties, and staying out late, as long as they were in groups.
While Craig’s parents tried to cope with their loss, and the ideas that their son’s killer may never be caught, Cybil continued to give interviews whenever asked. She did not want the public to forget about her son. “The depths of my grief are indescribable,” she said. She told the media she needed to be strong for her family and believed the public looked down on her for not showing public grief.
According to Doug, Cybil never showed public pain. She cried for Craig in privacy, but he believed showing public sorrow was expected of a murder victim’s parent. By Christmas, the police got a break in the case, and it gave from outside sources. As Cybil sorted through Craig’s mail one morning, she said she noticed his Visa had recently been used. She immediately notified Detectives Marker and Morrison.
After talking with Cybil about the possibility of the killer using Craig’s credit cards, Det. Marker admitted law enforcement dropped the ball. No officer conducted an inventory of Craig’s property inside his room, which was customary on any murder or burglary case. “We messed up,” he said.
According to the Dean, when the public discovered proper channels were ignored when searching Craig’s room, they let the police know about it. Parents and students picketed the police headquarters, demanding answers. The police almost had a riot on their hands.
Once Candace learned the police were tracking down Craig’s credit cards, she notified the Dean and together they did a search of records for the college cafeteria. When doing so, they discovered Craig’s credit card was used several times after his murder to purchase meals.
The detectives traced the purchases of the credit cards. They discovered the purchaser had used the cards to buy alcohol from a local store that had a reputation for selling alcohol to under age people. Det. Morrison said she asked to see the security cameras at some of these stores the cards were used at, but unfortunately, too much time had elapsed and the videos were erased or taped over.
Cybil immediately canceled all of Craig’s credit cards, but the credit card companies were notified of the murder and they agreed to keep tabs on the cards in case someone tried to use them again.
Author Bio: JoAnne is a cross genre author. She also canvas paints and writes song lyrics. She has 7 other books coming soon. JoAnne believes in family values and following your dreams. Her website is www.booksandpaintingsbyjoanne.com