By Michael W. Cuneo

ISBN-10: 0307815455

ISBN-13: 9780307815453

Darrell Mease grew up within the Ozark Mountains of southern Missouri, in a slice of rural the US the place faith flourished and culture thrived. all people acknowledged he used to be an excellent child: slightly a clown, possibly now not too enthusiastic about his stories, yet candy and type and speedy to make neighbors. while, as a clean-cut youngster, he signed up with the military, the folk of Reeds Springs, Missouri, anticipated to listen to not anything yet good stuff approximately R.J. and Lexie Mease's eldest son.

It wouldn't figure out that means. Darrell Mease may prove at the entrance strains of the Vietnam warfare and may come domestic a drug addict. Over the in my opinion tumultuous, drifting many years that undefined, he'd make a brand new identify for himself within the Ozarks: as a difficult drug broker. Then, in 1987, he gunned down a 69-year-old meth kingpin, his spouse, and their 20-year-old paraplegic grandson. After a determined cross-country get away, he was once captured, hauled again to Missouri, and sentenced to demise for his crimes.

In detention center, Mease skilled a spiritual conversion, and he made a surprising prediction: he will be stored by way of outstanding intervention.

No one believed it'll take place. however it did.

On January 27, 1999, Pope John Paul II visited St. Louis and spoke to Missouri's then-governor, Mel Carnahan. It used to be an analogous date that gurus had set for Mease's execution. The pope requested that he be spared. Carnahan agreed.

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These are her verbatim descriptions, written some twenty or thirty years past. I have, however, inserted in bold my own comments to assist the reader in understanding or to clarify a specific person, place, etc. One further explanation is needed. What we are reading here are Madi’s personal reflections as dictated directly into a tape recorder and then transcribed to paper. So, they are not actually her “writings” so much as they are a conversational storytelling of her life, which was then transcribed into a 1200-page rough draft manuscript.

No cops, no cop cars, and Mingus was right behind them. So she made a right on N. Bronson and ran a red light at Sunset, where a police cruiser parked there stopped them. To the puzzled cop, Mattie explained that Knepper worked for Charles Mingus, who was chasing them. When the cop looked up, the limo wheeled into a U-turn and sped off. The cop shrugged, and let Mattie off with a warning. Relieved, they drove to Pat Willard’s house and listened to Ellington records. The DA Secret Files Black Dahlia Avenger originally published in April 2003.

I knew that Mother was close friends with Mattie Comfort. On one occasion in the 1970s, my mother had called me up and asked if I could give her a ride out to the Sunset Strip. She wanted to go to a party being held by some friends. I drove her out and accompanied her to an apartment house. At the door, Mother briefly introduced me to a beautiful woman, simply saying, “Steven, this is Mattie, a good friend from the old days. ” The beautiful “Satin Doll” smiled at me. We shook hands, and I turned and left.

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