Thursday, May 31, 2012

FDK now 5 years old.

Friends of Debbie Key first appeared on the Internet on June 1st, 2007.
The first website about Debbie was called "Debbie Key - Murder Victim" and was done by Jackie Helvey in 2006. Jackie is probably known by every musician and artist in the Chapel Hill/ Carrboro area, but is best known for the website Carrboro.Com.

I thought Debbie's story deserved more than one page, and so in May of 2007 I bought the URL and hired Judith Gadd of Star WebWorks to create FDK.
I am very grateful to Judith for all the support and encouragement she has given me.

Our first year got off to a very good start with the news coverage of NC Wanted, and the 10-year anniversary candlelight vigil. But more than anything else, it was the blog "Who Killed Theresa?' by John Allore that really got it off the ground. There is a rather uncanny parallel between the stories of Debbie Key and Theresa Allore that got everyone's attention. From there the website seemed to take off on its own momentum.

The most rewarding thing for me about doing this was connecting with people like John Allore, Todd Matthews, Doreen Prior, Monica Caison, and our special friend 'Anon', who have each been a blessing to me. Through these new friends I have become more aware of the plight of missing persons, the heartbreak of victim's families, the people who are doing something about it, and the insane laws that fail to keep dangerous people locked up.

I really hate it whenever I hear people say, "I don't think there's anything we can do about it." before they even try. If I can make a positive example to anyone, I will consider it karma payed forward for all I have received.

Special thanks to everyone who has helped me along. I hope you know who you are.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Bin Laden - 1 Year After

'May Day' has taken on a new meaning for us on May first of last year. Can anyone remember the last time Americans celebrated a death? I was a bit surprised that not everyone was excited about it. There are those who said, "They'll only replace him with someone just as evil." But still, it's one less evil person in the world. Some would say that people would use any excuse to get drunk and raise hell, and, for sure, there was a lot of that going on. But I thought it was something worth celebrating. I'm glad I wasn't the only one. I thought of the Munchkins singing "Ding dong the witch is dead..."

Besides that it took 10 years, I was sorry they didn't take his head. That's a tradition that goes way back. David took Goliath's head after slaying him to present to the king, as knights have done for their kings through the Middle Ages, and the head of Blackbeard the pirate was presented to the people of Virginia as proof that he was dead. Why not this time? Because, they say, we don't want any kind of shrine to him. I'm sure a lot of people would have liked to have seen such proof, but it didn't seem to dampen anyone's spirits at the time.