In the summer of 2003, six black boys were abducted and murdered in the town of St. Allen, Louisiana. Fifteen years later, four black teenagers will attempt to do what the town’s all-white police force couldn’t. But trying to figure out who killed the boys will put them at risk of becoming the killer’s next victims. DEAR WHITE PEOPLE meets THE AMATEURS
15 YEARS AGO…
Timothy Evans had no idea he was being watched.
The eight-year-old’s arms were folded across his chest. His bottom lip poked out; fuzzy eyebrows creased. The indignation in the glare aimed at his parents thicker than the humidity parching the air at Wolfolk Parish’s annual Fourth of July fair.
Timothy wanted cotton candy. He couldn’t have any because his parents were arguing. Whatever his parents were saying to one another was getting muffled by the delirious screams of the riders flinging back and forth through the night on the Zip-A-Whirl nearby. But he knew they were fighting, again, by the way his father was frowning and his mother kept rolling her eyes when his father’s mouth stopped moving.
The over-the-shoulder glance Timothy cast toward the cotton candy vendor in the distance prompted the person watching him to slink across the crowded fairgrounds. The person sensed what Timothy was thinking. They had to be close by when he made the mistake.
“Don’t you even think about it!” Timothy heard his father shout before a calloused hand spun him back around by the arm. “I’m gonna let you buy some cotton candy in a minute. OK?”
“Boy, stay yo’ black ass right there and wait!” His father bent over the stroller containing Timothy’s baby sister so that he was eye level with the boy. “It ain’t safe for you to wander off, you hear me?”