As I prepare to watch 48 Hours on CBS tonight (Hannah Graham: Deadly Connections) I know that this story would not have been possible without the dedication and determination of Gil and Dan Harrington. Several years ago the Harrington’s daughter, Morgan Dana Harrington, was murdered after getting locked out of a concert venue. As a result of efforts began by Gil and Dan to find the person who murdered their daughter a serial killer has to answer for his crimes. Tonight’s story will show how connections were made between Morgan and Hannah’s murder. Are there more?
This story is HUGE on so many levels and my admiration for the Harringtons continues to grow. The Harringtons persisted in keeping their daughter’s name in the public eye. The Harringtons persisted in encouraging others to come forward. The Harringtons persisted in making authorities aware of leads and ascertaining authorities followed those leads. The Harringtons reached out to the relatives of other missing and murdered young women giving them strength, encouragement and advice. Along the way to this point of justice the Harrington’s inspired a devoted and caring community of sleuths and activists.
I just want to take a breath and make certain that those who are unaware of the facts know this: Through Gil and Dan’s powerful love for their daughter, through their resiliency, and through their ability to reach out and include others, connections were made that helped numerous families and eventually revealed a serial killer in our midst.
I personally know the difficulty of a journey for justice when your pleas are dismissed, evidence ignored, and your character attacked just to make the problem “go away. Therefore, I understand that resiliency is the toughest factor and that sometimes it would be easier to give up the fight so that the pain will stop. The Harringtons chose to stand up, speak out, and surge forward – they give me the courage to do the same.
If you have never heard of Morgan Dana Harrington, Hannah Graham, or Alexis Murphy then watch tonight’s show and realize the power of a parents love. Know that this story would not have been possible if not for Gil and Dan. JDP