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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Milk Carton Murders 41

It's Weekend Writing Warriors time! When three small coffins are unearthed near the Wiscoy Creek during a routine dredging operation, it’s the last thing DAVE ROBERTSON, of the Lamont Weekly Times, expected. Pinned to the skeleton’s clothing are pictures from milk cartons of missing girls.(Photo from collection of the Wyoming County Historian)

SETUP:We are still in the county sheriff's office where Dave is looking at files and photos pulled from his attic kept from when his mother and father were foster parents to several children. Last week Pepper and Dave come across a group photo of the girls from when Dave's was a kid.

Pepper picked it up and studied it for a moment. “Shit, all three of the girls  are in this one. Where was this taken?”
“It was one of the foster family picnics," said Dave. James Donley’s grandfather, Patrick Donley, was very supportive of the Friend’s of Foster Families group. He donated a lot of money to it in fact. That’s why he jumped on board when the missing children’s milk carton program started. His son Albert was pissed about it—thought it was a waste of space that should have been used for advertising.”

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If you're connected with me on Facebook or Twitter you already know. :) I signed a contract with The History Press to publish my non-fiction book on Indian land title in New York State. Due out sometime after May in 2015 (based on my deadlines. I'll know when as it gets closer.) Their focus is regional history, so a good choice for this particular book.


  1. Very natural feeling snippet. Well done :)

  2. It sounds like he's the one who's the waste of space! Great snippet as always.

  3. Wow, what a jerk! Natural dialogue- nice snippet!

  4. My heart breaks for the lost children. You've written a wonderful eight, my friend.

  5. Great snippet you can really feel the emotions in this one.

  6. I could feel the emotions here. Really? He didn't want to waste the space. Ugh! Jerk.
    It's a really great snippet when you can make the reader dislike someone with just a few printed words. :)

  7. Congratulations on the new book contract! I enjoyed the excerpt today, a further unraveling of the threads of mystery...this is just an extremely engrossing story and I always want MORE. Great 8!

  8. Congrats on the book contract, Cindy! And an interesting reaction to "wasting the space" showing the missing kids. Great snippet.

  9. Just what I was thinking -- is grumpy Albert a suspect, too?

    (at this point, I'm willing to suspect Pepper, Cindy! :D )

  10. Things just keep getting worse, don't they? The evidence is piling up.

  11. Interesting snippet. Look forward to reading more.

  12. Great 8! Can't wait for next week!

  13. Nice... this feels like it could turn out to be an important moment in the story.

  14. Hum, is Dave trying to draw the attention to Albert? That's a nice way to turning things around.

  15. And congrats for the publishing contract!

  16. Oh! Albert thought it a waste of space - - he's number one on my suspect list.

  17. Congrats on the contract! Fabulous. This is a great eight. And, just let me know when this book is coming out, it'll be purchased as soon as available!!!!


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