This was the last photo taken of my family together. It was the last time we were together. It was the last time anyone in my family saw Cindy besides me. It was the last time she was at our family cottage in Wells Beach Maine. It was the last time we were 5.
This photo was used as our Christmas photo 1988. Her body was found on Christmas Eve that year. People were still receiving this photo, along with a newsy family Christmas letter, after they’d been informed that Cindy was gone.
I don’t remember if my Dad included anything about Cindy having married Michael Apelt, her murderer, in that Christmas letter. I don’t ever want to remember that.
This is one of those photos I’m sure every murder victim’s family treasures and is devastated by at the same time.
And yet, we last on.