Questions and Answers
Over the years, I’ve been asked various questions about Valerie, the incident, the people who helped, my children, etc. During the writing of this book, editors and beta readers also asked follow-up questions, so I collected the questions and wrote answers to them.
Did Valerie ever mention her fear of the trip the next day or any time during your travels?
When did you find out that Jenn was initially blaming herself for Valerie’s death?
When Val had trouble locating your watch on the nightstand, did you have any thoughts that something might be wrong with her at that time?
Do you think that Ludovic and Julie knew from the very beginning that Valerie would not make it?
Were you prepared to have an autopsy completed in Guatemala?
Were you concerned that your children might find out what had happened to Valerie prior to you telling them?
I certainly did not want them to find out, but I didn’t think anyone would contact them directly. It would be very different now with the reach of social media.
Did you think to tell Susan that the Guatemalan funeral home would be sending blood along with Valerie?
It never crossed my mind. I assumed this was typical of what was done. Susan sent the bottle of blood along with Val’s body to the medical examiner, but from my discussions with them, I don’t think they even opened or examined the bottle.
Why did you say the purpose of your life became clearer after you read Jeff’s journal describing your conversation with Valerie?
My life had changed dramatically, and I wasn’t sure what I was doing half the time. It was about instincts and just doing what I thought I needed to do. Sometimes it took going down an unhealthy path before I realized I needed to change. Reading Jeff’s journal helped me understand many of my actions. It was an affirmation of what I was doing.