In a police interview room in Florida, David Lambert labors over a confession. He’s there because his sister disappeared more than 24 years ago, and officers are trying to close the case. But does David know more about the mystery than he has been letting on? Well, as investigators are about to find out, the 38-year-old does indeed have a secret that he feels compelled to share – and it’s a disturbing one, to say the least.
The story begins on November 27, 1985. Back then, David and his sister Martha Jean lived with their parents, Howard and Margaret, in St. Augustine, a city on the north-eastern coast of Florida. As was the case with many of their neighbors, the Lamberts’ dwelling was a trailer found in a semi-rural area a few miles away from popular beaches.
At that time, David was 14, while Martha Jean was 12. The younger sibling was a seventh-grader at the city’s Ketterlinus Junior High School and was of small stature, weighing only 70 pounds. However, according to David, Martha Jean had a combative nature that made her a force to be reckoned with despite her slender frame.