40 | Black Holes

black hole 1: a celestial object that has a gravitational field so strong that light cannot escape it and that is believed to be created esp. in the collapse of a very massive star

2 a: an empty space: VOID Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition

I notice you’re not coming to the family and saying would you like us to pursue this?

Jan Frye, September 10, 2006

GRAND JUROR: Should the person who murdered your mother be punished?

A: Do I care if the person – do I want vengeance, or should the person who murdered my mother –

GRAND JUROR: Should the person who murdered your mother go to jail for murdering her?

A: Do I believe in justice, that somebody who murdered my mother should go to jail? I don’t care.


A: Because the fact that my mother is dead is all that’s important to me. I don’t care about revenge. To me, that whole thing is revenge…. I don’t know what happened, but would I be interested in putting my father in jail if there was evidence that my father did it? No, I wouldn’t.

Grand Jury Testimony of Lynn Frye, October 3, 2006

When detectives knocked on Lynn’s door, her husband answered. Jerry had been a cop for 30 years. You’re not opening that can of worms, are you? he said. We’ve always known he did it. This is going to wreck our lives.

The detectives went to see Lynn at work. The day Betty was murdered, Lynn remembered Duane coming to Boulder to look at restaurants for Doug’s wedding. She was busy hiding the fact that she was living with her boyfriend Don. Her mom believed all that Catholic bullshit, she said, that everyone who didn’t have Catholic beliefs would go to hell, especially for having an abortion or cohabiting before marriage.

When the detectives told Lynn that Duane had confessed to Lolita, she broke down. My mom’s gone, she said. Now I’m going to lose my dad. My poor dad. She asked if Duane would go to jail in Colorado. When they said he would if he was convicted, she began crying again. Nobody even lives there anymore, she said.

They told her Cherrie had come forward with the confession. That bitch, Lynn said. I hope she’s happy.

To whom does justice belong?

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