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books "she became almost a forgotten person" ever, beyond common pleasantries, until years later when May's niece, Belinda Markel, approached Foley to gauge his interest in writing a book about the case. Foley eventually signed onto the idea and Markel and Foley quickly narrowed in on Farmer as the ideal person to cowrite the book because of his firsthand knowledge and professionalism. "I liked the way Tom wrote," says Foley. "And he [had] never asked me for inside information, which I respected a lot." So years after the jury handed down their guilty verdict, Foley and Farmer joined forces to revisit the case that had once filled their working hours. Their primary goal in writing the book was to honor May's memory. "Other than being the victim of this horrible crime, May wasn't talked about during the trial too much," says Foley. "She became relegated as 'the body,' or 'the victim,' or 'the wife,'" adds Farmer. "And it was all about Dirk. It was his trial, he was fighting for his innocence, and his kids were supporting him. So she became almost a forgotten person We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 3 and she was the one who was killed." In that spirit, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book are being donated to Jane Doe, Inc., a Massachusetts organization that fights against sexual assault and domestic violence, and Farmer and Foley made an effort to interview many of May's friends and family in order to give a more vivid picture of her life. However, without the cooperation of May's three children, 168

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