About the Author
Sonny Long covered the triple homicide in East Texas since the day the bodies of Gerri Faye, Jessica and Mackenzie were discovered on a drizzly Monday morning in January, 1992. Even after the initial outcry died down and the main suspect released from jail, Long continued to write about the case. He became an active participant in the annual memorials for the victims, personal friends with the family of the victims, a trusted ear to the mother of the suspect, and was a regular contributor to an Internet discussion forum on the case. Long has been an award-winning newspaper reporter for more than 20 years, dabbled in radio announcing and served as a master of ceremonies at numerous public events. He is the co-author of “Bad News for McEnroe” (St. Martin’s Press 2004), and two independently published books, “A Long Look” -- a collection of poetry and short stories and a collection of newspaper columns. While a journalist in the U.S. Army, Long was the editor of the Fort Ord (Calif.) Panorama and later a member of the 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard) and covered the opening ceremonies of the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y., as well as numerous ceremonies at the White House and Pentagon. Long is a journalism graduate of Auburn University with a Masters Degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He worked in sports information for several years at Auburn and with the Southeastern Conference Commissioners Office. He has met eight Heisman Trophy winners during his career. He is currently a reporter for the Victoria Advocate, a daily newspaper in South Texas, covering the nonprofit beat and ranging into outlying counties for coverage. While at the Advocate, he covered the trials of the Twilight Rapist, the murder of a Texas Game Warden and the starvation death of an 8-year-old girl by her adoptive parents.