Ada — Dear Editor,
My name is Laura Frye, and I am a 2005 graduate of Ada High School. I am currently completing my degree at Saint Louis University.
Some of you around town may have seen the flyers posted about my research project. I am exploring the impact the 1982 murder of Debbie Sue Carter and the 1984 murder of Denice had an affected all of us, the people of Ada. Surely many of you have faced the same questions I have about our town, our people, and our sense of justice.
With the release of John Grisham’s book The Innocent Manin 2006, our community was placed in the national spotlight whether we wanted it or not. The topic I’m exploring is a controversial, sensitive one, and I want to calm any fears that I have an agenda or slant on this story. By now, everyone who’s interested knows the general facts of both cases. What no one has yet asked is, “What story do the people of Ada have to tell?”
I hope to talk to as many Ada residents as possible in the coming weeks. I am hosting a public forum at the Ada Public Library this Thursday, March 15th, at 6 p.m. It will be in the upstairs music room, and I hope everyone with even a slight interest in the topic will come and share their opinions. I’m not looking for any certain story or any particular piece of information. Everyone has something valuable to add to this research.
If you are unable to attend the public forum, there are other ways to contact me. You may choose to visit the website I created for this project at www.whathappenednext.weebly.com. You can also reach me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be in town this week, March 12-18 and would be happy to meet with anyone who would be willing to talk with me. I truly want to hear the stories of the people of Ada. Please take a few minutes to help me in my research.