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Cold Case: Brenda Banaski Missing Teen

I'm a little creeped out.

I've told you all before that I had written to Antoinette Franks brother Adam.
It was about two years ago, give or take a few months.
Antoinette encouraged it and I think it was because she decided to stop writing me.
I wrote an article about her and she found it and read it.
I received a letter from her a short time later asking me not to do that again. She stated that she preferred that everyone forget about her crimes.
While I'm sure that is true I don't think she realizes that cannot happen.

The article I wrote on her was unbiased. Solely the facts and I thought it turned out rather well. I mentioned her crimes and charges but also gave her defense. At any rate I believe that is why she stopped writing me.

I wrote to her brother Adam and he wrote back right away. It was a nice letter, conversational, informative. He answered questions and volunteered much information.

My life got busy and I let my letter writing (to Adam) slide in lieu of more pressing obligations to death row women. He sent a few more letters over the years but I was never able to write him back. I had the girls to attend to as well as my work as a writer.

I recently sent Antoinette a copy of the newsletter. I didn't hear from her back and I wasn't surprised but I did hear from Adam today.

Before I go into his letter I want to mention something. Has anyone read Jennifer Furios book "Team Killers"? In it she describes a few instances with male killers she has written to. One was Alton Coleman, the other Douglas Clark. She wrote of her years of writing them and the relationship she forged with each. She went on to tell how she learned just how tricky these mens minds work. After years of writing Alton he asked for her phone number to be better able to discuss his crimes and his life now. Once he got it and called her his manner was drastically different. He talked about her body and called her names. Expressed sexual fantasies about her and basically scared the shit out of her. Similar situation with Doug. After years of writing him he was a caller to a talk show she was featured on. Once he got air time he went on to tell the world how he felt he had to fill her head with stories because she was a needy house wife begging for his attention. Sneaky bastard. Ms. Furio also received a letter from an "associate" of Dougs for the sole purpose of letting her know that he has the ability to let people know about her and where she lives.

Fast forward to Adam today. I was surprised to see his letter was addressed to my current address. They had been forwarded from my old address which he had. I opened it to find a patronizing letter about how I could find time to write his sister but not him. How I could write a full manuscript and be published but couldn't find the time to dash him off a post card. At the very end of the letter he softens up. Telling me how proud he is of me and my accomplishments. He lavished me with compliments and asked me for my phone number so he could personally tell me how proud he is and hear my "sweet and gentle" voice.

Fat chance, buddy.


  1. unfortunate!


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