'Dear Pops...' A letter to a murdered father, Tom Wales
Approaching the 10-year anniversary of the slaying of federal prosecutor Thomas Wales, his daughter spoke publicly for the first time.
In an emotional letter to her father, Amy Wales appealed to the public to come forward with any information that might assist the FBI in the unsolved murder investigation.
“There are people out there who know who killed you. They know the person or persons who conspired to take your life. But they are fearful to share information. So I will do for them what you would offer to do for them. I will offer to carry their fear and their burden…if they can summon the courage, I will promise to advocate for their safe harbor. And when they come forward, they will know me by my gratitude and my compassion.”
With her brother Tom at her side, Wales, 32, talked about her father's compassion and unflagging dedication to his work.
She also had a message for whomever killed her father:
“You tore him violently from this earth with egregious spite and hubris. But I am not afraid of you."
For Amy Wales' complete statement, listen to the audio attached to this story.
On the Web:
- New Yorker article on the Tom Wales murder: "A Reporter At Large: An Unsolved Killing"