And Never See Her Again (Pinnacle True Crime) by Patricia Springer

By Patricia Springer

On March 26 1999, in Saginaw, Texas, 6-year-old Opal Jennings was once fiddling with different childrens in her grandmother's facet backyard while a black motor vehicle drove up. a guy acquired out and snatched Opal, whisking her away in his motor vehicle. all of it occurred in a flash, ahead of her horrified grandparents may possibly react. neighborhood legislation enforcement and the FBI geared up an enormous seek through the Dallas-Fort worthy zone, whereas Opal's photo used to be generally circulated in newspapers and on tv. A probation officer famous that on March 27 - in the future after Opal's kidnapping - in most cases slovenly intercourse criminal Richard Lee "Ricky" Franks, 30, had minimize his lengthy hair and used to be clean-shaven and smartly dressed. Why had he all of sudden wiped clean up his act? Franks, who'd been convicted of molesting his brother's 8-year-old daughter, admitted to sexually abusing one other younger female family member. He confessed to having had Opal in his automobile, yet claimed he'd purely been giving her a experience and enable her pass unhurt. His first trial resulted in a hung jury, yet in the end, in September 2000, a moment jury may make sure Franks' guilt within the disappearance of Opal Jennings. but it wouldn't be until eventually December 2003 that evidence of her destiny will be stumbled on.

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So when he met Tanya, and she looked at him with a smile in her eyes that told him she thought he was her knight in shining armor, it made him feel special. Around the time that Tanya met and moved in with Tom, Tanya’s dad and stepmom had adopted a little girl. Tanya felt replaced. Now some other little girl would get her father’s love—the love he hadn’t given to her. Tanya was Tom’s princess now, and she demanded that he become a better person and leave “bad Tom” behind. They struggled with tough times, but they were determined that their love would see them through.

At times, Nancy and Tanya had to flee from him in the middle of the night. Tanya recalls being in the car, alone in the dark, while her mother knocked on doors, asking people if they would let her use their phone to call the police. Then, Tanya and her mother would sit in the car, waiting for the police to come and arrest the boyfriend. ” Each time, he’d leave for a while, but then he’d come back. Tanya tried to tell her mother that these men weren’t good for her, but her mother didn’t listen. To soothe herself, throughout her childhood, Tanya would dream of her father.

He stole the furniture that the grandmother had provided, as well as Tanya’s baby clothes and toys. According to Tanya, Randy’s problems with drugs then drove him to break into a pharmacy to feed his habit, and landed him in a federal penitentiary. The next time she saw her father, Tanya was entering adolescence. She had not been given a choice to see him sooner and she had desperately longed for him. Living with her mom was like living in a house of horrors. Nancy, lonely and miserable, turned to different men and nightly parties, where drugs and alcohol were served.

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