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Bailey fire notes
June 14, 2009 - Jody Murphy
Guess I picked a bad time to go on vacation.
The Bailey fire series runs, generates a lot of interest and I am out of town for a week. Can't wait to see my e-mail and phone messages. The stories generated a lot of comments on our website and even sparked a Jess Mancini column.
I have a couple of things I want to address ... Sorry I'm so late doing this. I had really spotty Internet service while on vacation.
First, I want to thank all the people who helped with the research on this story. I spent about two months working on this, tracking down sources. I could not have done it without a lot of help from a lot of people not mentioned in the story. I appreciated all their help, input and patience.
The series basically retold the story of the fire, which I - not being a native to the area and under the age of 40 - had never heard. I don't remember how I stumbled across the story, but once I found it and did a little research I was hooked.
I'm glad most people liked the series. I was pretty disappointed with the outcome. I had high hopes of tracking down Susie and Roger Bailey. Those hopes were dashed and ressurrected repeatedly through the whole process, ultimately going unfilled. I really, really, really, really wanted to find out what happened to the Bailey kids after the fire; if the stories I heard, but couldn't verify and couldn't print were true.
I also wanted to know about the anoynomous benefactor from North Carolina. I made several calls to the Asheville area, and got a lot of helpful tips from some of my inked-stained brethern at the paper down there, to try and track down the woman or her family. No luck.
To me, the story has a lot of holes. It is unfinished; because of the lack of info on Susie and Roger and the benefactor.
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