Dear Ms. Mullane,
I flipped on NPR radio on my way home from work today, which I often do, and was treated to a piece you did regarding San Quentin murder inmates. Please allow me to admit, firstly, that I have not yet read your book and intend to do so. The piece today was about Mr. Cronk. When I tuned in, he was waiting to hear back about his parole, indicating that he had been sick to his stomach, extremely nervous …needed some time alone when he learned that his parole had been denied. He also indicated that he could not change what had happened, but it was after all, a long 27 years ago. He made reference to paying for what he had done during that time.
Again, I apologize that I did hear the entire piece, but I see on your web site that Mr. Cronk had been convicted of first degree murder. He also mentioned during the piece that he is a person of faith and believed God to be in charge of the situation … or words to that effect.
My son Tony, you can read his entire story at anthonyhollyfoundation.org, was murdered when he was 24 years old ….. February 19, 2007.
I have been sick to my stomach every day since and will be for the rest of my life. I feel nervous, anxious and often need some alone, time to cry, grieve, pray for strength, and wonder why a person of such evil, my son’s murderer, could have changed all of our lives in a second. There are no words to describe the loss of one’s child, for my son Jim to describe the loss of his only brother and best friend, for Tony’s girlfriend to describe the life that never was.
I again apologize ahead of time if you have already written this book: Life After Murder, The Victims. If you have not already done so, I’m in. You can interview me and my husband, my son Jim, all of the people who love and miss Tony with every breath we take. We are the forgotten ones.
Mother to Anthony “Tony” Holly, murdered 2/19/2007