Our father is gone. And as for Monica, if she is out there somewhere, I can only imagine how she must have been haunted all along, maybe even daily, by all of this.
Benjamin and I, I dont believe either of us has any burning desire to find Monica and bring her to justice. Deep down, I guess I think that she probably has served her life sentence for her crimes several times over mental anguish that may have grown even beyond what I might imagine.
For now, Benjamin and I just plan to move on, to continue our lives as we have been living them. We will try.
I cannot speak for both of us, of course. But for me, the greatest difficulty will be learning to live with the legacy of my father. As I look back, I fear, it may be a diminished legacy.
Its always difficult when you first realize that someone you idolize might be mortal after all.
I am haunted by my father.
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About the Author
Michael Larson worked in journalism for more than 30 years as a reporter and an editor.
He was editor of The Mankato (Minn.) Free Press from 1984-1995 and The Minot (N.D.) Daily News from 1997-2000.
He worked as a combat reporter and photographer in Vietnam, and he worked in radio there.
He now teaches at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and writes, edits and publishes books.
He wrote and published his seventh book, “Heroes: A Year in Vietnam with the First Air Cavalry Division,” in 2008 and his eighth book, “Portraits from the Prairies,” in 2009.
He and his wife live in Mankato, Minn.