My inspiration for Carolina Starr’s occupation wasn’t Nancy Drew. And even though I refer to Superman and Clark Kent throughout “Stolen Destiny”, neither was it Lois Lane. My true inspiration was Dorothy Kilgallen, an American Journalist/Crime Reporter/Broadway Columnist who grew up in the newspaper industry, with her father working as a newspaper man with the Hearst Corporation. My character also had a father-figure in Ace Peterson, the editor.
It was Kilgallen’s knowledge of the judge’s misconduct during the 1954 murder trial of Dr. Sam Sheppard that helped secure defense attorney F. Lee Baily a new trial for him. If you remember, the television series, “The Fugitive” was based on this true life story of a doctor wrongly accused of murdering his wife.
Her interview with Jack Ruby played a role in her publicly criticizing the Warren Commission investigation of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
Tragically she died under mysterious circumstances before she could publicize what Jack Ruby told her. There are many, like myself, who believe Dorothy Kilgallen was murdered. Some claim she died of an accidental overdose of drugs and alcohol. But the sleeping pills found in her stomach had not dissolved and were undigested. Ruby must have told her something that someone important didn’t want her to print and her notebook containing all her notes of the interview also disappeared.
Carolina Starr will return in my third book in the series, entitled CRASH. Once again she will use her psychic abilities to help solve a crime and save a life. I wish Dorothy Kilgallen would have had someone like Carolina in her life.
Until next time, Stay in The Write Zone.