I just found out that the only surviving child of Debra Wilhite, Misty Walker, has written a book about her life. The book, callied Little Misty, is a memoir of Misty’s childhood, which was by any standard a remarkably tragic one.
Misty was only eighteen months old when her nineteen-year-old mother, Debra, mysteriously disappeared in 1974. The disappearance has never been solved. According to a recent article, the police have some suspects but they’re all dead, and the case has been cold for a long time. Shortly after Debra disappeared, her older daughter, Amy Sue, was diagnosed with leukemia. By the time Misty was three, her father was dead, killed when his car was hit by a train. Two years later, when Misty was five, her sister Amy died of the leukemia.
Misty was raised by her grandmother. Now, she lives in Florida. She occasionally does stand-up comedy and did one comedy show to benefit the search for Jennifer Kesse who disappeared in 2006. I’ll have to see about getting a copy of that book, though it may be difficult because it was self-published.