Tonight I get to talk to Marla Bernard, Author of By the Side of the Road: The True Story of the Kidnapping, Rape, and Murder of Ann Harrison. Marla is a passionate victim’s rights advocate, author, and public speaker. She is also a retired Police Sergeant, instructor, and contributor to national law enforcement publications. She was recently filmed for an upcoming true crime series in the United Kingdom for an episode based on her first book, Through the Rain.
About By the Side of the Road:
In the early hours of March 22, 1989, two friends – career criminals with violent felony convictions – drove around the eastern Kansas City area in a stolen car committing a series of crimes. The weather was mild for late March in Kansas City; the sky was clear, and there was the pale remnant of a Full Moon that bore the dubious name of Death Moon, the last full moon of winter. A little before 7 a.m., 15-year-old Ann Harrison walked to the end of her driveway on Kansas City’s east side to wait for the bus to take her to Raytown South High School. Ten minutes later, she disappeared but no one saw what happened. As if waiting for her return, her belongings were still stacked carefully by the side of the road. BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD is the true crime story of the kidnapping, rape, and murder of Ann Harrison and the long journey forced upon her family who had to wait nearly three decades to see her killers brought to final justice.
You can find Marla at her website: www.scarlettinkwell.com
Talk to you next week.
Thanks to Crush Limbo for the music.