Mackie was no stranger to drama in her small town, the remoteness of which would help her abductor get away. A series of coincidences would point towards a former flame as the likely killer, but testimony would put him too far away to be the suspect. A delay in the judicial process and the difficulty of conducting an investigation would lead to her case continuing to be unsolved.
It's not something you really think of as inspiring - Losing a parent. Isn't that when you are supposed to be most despondent and lost? For many it's the opposite, that's the time when your personality is formed. It makes sense in a way, the person who shapes your development disappears so your development changes. However, my own mothers death taught me things I didn't could be taught, basic values that I hold with me to this day.
Growing up near and on the reservation, we always ate a lot of game meat. It wasn’t uncommon to have deer steak, jerky, boiled duck, or any other game meat. What was uncommon though was cooking it traditionally over a fire. As romantic as the idea is, in practice cooking meat over a fire takes a while and can actually be quite messy. That’s why I remember the experience of cooking over the fire more than I remember anything else.
The importance of not being caught up in our own bias when it comes to the examination of scientific material has long been a source of hot debate. How can someone who is completely invested in an ideal really separate themselves from that ideal long enough to objectively study it properly? While in the past, this has been used to point out holes in research, it is just as important to point out areas where information has been over-analyzed as well.