First cousins…

Though this is a bit off topic, I felt compelled to write this post.  For all you Colin Firth fans (which I am as well), Colin is in a movie, due to be released in theaters called Devil’s Knot.  It’s a story about the ‘Memphis Three’ murders in West Memphis Arkansas back in 1993.

Though this story is not as much about the murders themselves, it is more centered around the case of the three young men accused, tried and convicted of the crimes, apparently, despite a vast lack of evidence.  All three young men proclaimed their innocence even after being sentenced.  The heart of this film begins there and tells the story of the effort to prove their innocence.

Colin Firth plays a Private Investigator, Ron Lax who takes on the case, believing personally that the teenagers were innocent.  Incidentally, Ron, happens to be my first cousin.  The son of my mother’s oldest brother. Due to a pretty large age difference and then living states apart, much of my contact with Ronnie (as I know him) was when I was very young. My fondest memory of him was when he had come north to visit my family.  I remember being dazzled by the fact that he was a PI (private investigator).  You see, at the time, the profession was being celebrated by tv shows showcasing dashing lead actors like Jack Nickolson, James Garner and Tom Select.  Though I don’t remember the stories he told, I do remember him telling them all the same.

You may be thinking.. “that’s cool, Lori!” Yet sharing the fact that Colin Firth will be playing my cousin is not the motivation for this post.  Instead it is to bring honor to my cousin, who passed away yesterday morning after a long battle with brain cancer.

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Colin Firth plays Ron Lax, a private investigator in Devil’s Knot.

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Colin Firth as Ron Lax in Devil’s Knot.

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Ronnie (center) with his two brothers.

This is my cousin Ronnie… pictured with his two brothers. My thoughts and prayers go out to his brothers, (also my cousins, of course) on the loss of their beloved brother and to Ronnie’s wife.

Thanks everyone for your patience as I honor my cousin’s life and one of his accomplishments. If you get the chance to see Devils Knot, remember my cousin and his loved ones!

Wonderful interview where Colin Firth speaks of his portrayal.

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  1. Servetus
    Oct 18, 2013 @ 21:26:03

    I’m very sorry for your loss and hope that you are comforted by friends, happy memories, and the divine presence in your life. What an amazing tribute.


    • loribear
      Oct 18, 2013 @ 21:33:59

      Thank you Servetus, I know that you understand the feeling of loss. As I shared, do to many things I didn’t have the privilege to be close to him but I will cherish those childhood memories of him!


  2. Wendy Wallis
    Oct 18, 2013 @ 21:37:51

    I’m very sorry for your loss Lori, the movie seems a fitting tribute to Ronnie.


    • loribear
      Oct 18, 2013 @ 21:42:10

      Thank you Wendy. I am looking forward to going to see it myself. The last time I spoke to Ronnie he was unable to speak about the case as the movie was in production at that time. He told me that he hoped to see him at the new family reunion and maybe then he could tell me more! Sadly, I never got the chance to go to the reunions!


  3. Carla
    Oct 19, 2013 @ 00:53:47

    Sorry for your loss. He should have appeared to you like a hero when you were child! I like Colin Firth, you make me curious about this movie. He seems to me a decent man as well as good actor, he must have done a respectful portrait. Please post your impressions when you have seen the movie!


    • loribear
      Oct 19, 2013 @ 23:01:07

      Though I’m not always prone to go see movies with topics such at these, I know I will be watching this one. I will be sure to tell you my impressions.


  4. mcat
    Oct 19, 2013 @ 08:36:34

    Lori, our hearts are with you & your family in this time of sorrow. What a remarkable man your cousin was! After you posted this I went & read more about him & the Memphis 3. Cherish those childhood memories, they are the best kind.


    • loribear
      Oct 19, 2013 @ 23:15:47

      Thank you mcat! He was an extraordinary man and accomplished many things in his life. I’m glad though that he has been honored for his efforts in this case!


  5. Courtney
    Oct 19, 2013 @ 11:37:51

    Okay, I admit it. I was thinking, “That’s cool!” ‘Cause it is. But it also sucks that your cousin passed away. So YEA! and BOO! <3


    • loribear
      Oct 19, 2013 @ 23:16:47

      Thanks Courtney. I’m am glad that he has been honored in this way and that a wonderful actor such as Colin Firth was chosen to portray him!


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  7. Rachelle
    Nov 02, 2013 @ 23:12:38

    I finally got a chance to catch up with WoM tonight, so I’m just now reading this post. I almost didn’t read it since you told me about it at the crop, but I am glad I did. Colin gave quite a tribute to your cousin in his interview, Lori. You and your family should be proud that he was represented in such an honorable way. Like you, I’m not drawn to movies like this, but my interest has been piqued. Make sure you let us know what you think of it after watching it.


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