Take a moment to read this intriguing testimony by Debbie Frye.
In her words, “My name is Debbie Frye and I co-authored a book with my sister, Tracy Mercier, about our father and his life of crime, Our Father Who Aren’t In Heaven: A True Story of a Career Criminal. I was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio as the youngest of four children. I moved to Northern Virginia to work for the federal government right after high school. I have been happily married to my best friend for twenty-four years. Both of our children are now adults, we have a daughter together and our son is from my husband’s previous marriage. My husband and I recently became legal guardians of my seventy-six year old mother, who is suffering from dementia.”
She continued, “Approximately, thirteen years after our father passed away, my sister was contacted by an adoptee searching for her birth parents. In 1972, the adoptee was born in Wheeling, West Virginia in a home for unwed mothers, about ten miles from where our father was incarcerated at the time. From the information she provided and our preliminary research we thought she was our father’s child but was conceived in prison.
We began to research our father’s past and found many coincidences suggesting our father could be her dad. We had a box of our father’s remaining belongings. In it, was a bankbook showing deposits of money he earned while he was in prison. There was only one withdrawal shown in the book, just days after the adoptee’s birth. We requested his prison visitor’s list and saw that he had a female friend visiting during this time. From his prison records we learned he was a prison trustee, so he lived in a special area of the prison and was well connected with the warden. We also found that he had special privileges. It was noted on his prison record that he was a member of the syndicate in Youngstown, Ohio.
When we obtained his lengthy arrest record, we were shocked to learn of the crimes he committed before he met our mother.”