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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Should Daniel Crocker be a free man?

Fresquez Tracy Fresquez was 19 years old when she was murdered, found strangled to death in her own bed on Oct. 6, 1979. She lived in Shawnee, worked in the credit department at Montgomery Ward, had a fiance. After the murder, a neighbor described her as "a real sweet girl" who often babysat her child.

It would be 19 years before her killer, a man named Daniel Crocker, confessed to the murder, citing his Christian faith as the reason why he finally came forward. Prosecution and defense agreed on a joint sentence -- 20 to 60 years in prison.

The story drew national attention from 20/20, 60 Minutes, the Los Angeles Times. Even trashier programs like Inside Edition saw the hook -- a loyal churchgoer finally confesses to a decades-old murder.

Crocker It's been almost 10 years, and now Crocker, a Virginia man with two kids, is eligible for parole. Hearings are scheduled for Friday in Topeka, Monday in Wichita. And the Fresquez family is afraid that authorities are going to give him parole -- Fresquez' sister, Lori, called the paper and said she is trying to find people to speak for her sister. Ten years, she said, isn't punishment enough.


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