Marcia Noyes

The Story I Couldn't Erase

50 Stories for 50 Years | 2001

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A simple song or faint smell often triggers powerful memories, yet a pencil became the catalyst for this memory. Given to me as a young television reporter 20 years before, the silver pencil occasionally would roll into view whenever I opened my desk drawer too quickly. Holding it in my hand, I would think about the engraved words -- Von Williams Innocent.

Although I'd only met Von Williams briefly, questions about his life lingered. Would I ever know the answers?