Christopher Wayne Brown is the publisher of a local magazine in Dallas, Texas, called "Around Our Town." The magazine did a story on Death Row written by John McLemore (Brian Pardo's right-hand man) in the July 1998 issue. Christopher didn't really follow the Routier Case when it happened. However, he did see the newscast of the "Silly String" at the grave site. Then he was riding around in his car a week or so later and heard on the radio that Darlie Routier had been arrested for the murder of her two sons.
Many people ask me how I got involved in the matter of Darlie Routier. I normally tell them - lucky I guess and go on my way. I, like many of you, sat and watched the evening news as Darlie Routier sprayed "Silly String" on the grave of her two young boys just eight days after the stabbing attack of her and her children. So when they arrested her, I knew she was guilty! Hey! I saw her spray the "Silly String." She must be guilty. During that time period I had a very busy schedule. Not a lot of time to dedicate to up-to-date news, just little bits here and there. I knew kids were murdered. I saw the tape. Then, I heard she was arrested on the radio, boom! It made perfect sense. The connection of the tape and the arrest closed the case for me. She was guilty. If Susan Smith could do it, so could anybody else. Especially in Texas, it was bound to happen. End of story. Well, not quite. In September of 1996, I started a local magazine in north Dallas called "Around Our Town." The magazine articles focused on local issues that were mainly positive. Nothing really negative. There was enough negative stuff in the daily newspaper. So in January 1998, I hired my first employee, D'Lee Garza as chief editor. By now, you may have figured out already, this isn't a very large publication. What does chief editor mean? Well, it meant she was in charge of the stories that people faxed to us and she'd get to type them into the layout. However, she treated that role as if we were a national publication. For the July 1998 issue, she wanted to do a story on death row. Her brother, Brad Garza is a parole officer in Waco, Texas. He works out at the gym with a man by the name of John McLemore. John used to be an investigative TV reporter. He was the reporter that broke the Branch Davidians story on the raid that killed four ATF officers. John helped save several lives in a crossfire between the ATF and the Davidians. John's heroic acts were soon punished with jealous reporters making accusations that led to the end of his television reporting career. Later the accusations were proven false. Yet, news stations still banished him, no matter where he applied. John now works for Life Partners. It just so happens, he is the right-hand man to Brian Pardo, the millionaire who started looking into Darlie's case. Both Brian and John have uncovered several pieces of interesting facts about her case. Well, Brad suggested D'Lee call John and ask if he would write a story about death row. She did, and he did. However, the story he submitted was about forty pages long. My magazine is only 32 pages total, and I have to place advertisements somewhere in the magazine. There were about ten pages on Darlie. Now remember, I saw the tape, just like most of you. Come on, I knew she was guilty, and in no shape, form or fashion was I going to give that convicted child killer any ink or recognition. They don't convict those kind of people for nothing you know. So, we cut down the article, a lot. The issue went out with just a small note stating that Brian Pardo's company, Life Partners was also looking into the Darlie Routier case. John invited D'Lee and I to come down to their office and look at some of the case. I really didn't want to go, and even passed it up. However, D'Lee continued to look into the case, even after the issue of the magazine was out. I wanted to put an end to it all and get back on track of our business. So, I agreed to take a wasted trip down to Waco and blow holes into all their theories. About two days before the trip, at 11:00 o'clock at night, I got on the internet and pulled up everything on Darlie Lynn Routier. There were about 350 articles. I thought the best way to get familiar with the case was to find out what the "tiny detectives" thought. What this means is that reporters are tiny detectives focusing on just one aspect of the case, and they then write whole stories on just that one aspect. I got to hire numerous detectives without paying them a single dime. Although it might be a fast, easy and inexpensive way to find out a lot about a certain topic, you do however, have to read between the lines and not take everything as factual. So one by one I read every article. By 8:00 a.m. I was convinced that Darlie Lynn Routier was innocent. That's right - INNOCENT. As I read the articles, I began taking notes. I made a "cast of characters," of all of the people that were linked to the case. Every time a person's name came up, I wrote it down. I wrote down who they were, what they did, and if they were for the defense or for the prosecution. By the time I arrived in Waco, I wasn't going to blow holes in their theories, I was going to listen and try to get the information that I was lacking. One thing led to another, and before we knew it, there was enough information and new information to write a book. I sincerely believe God works in wonderful ways. Who would have thought, I, the guy that wouldn't give two words in a magazine article would write over 200,000 words in a book. I guess, this is my way for making up for the past, judging a book before it is read. I hope I will never make the same mistake again. This is my promise to Darlie and others like her. I hope this book brings you a sense of understanding that some mothers, accused of killing their children, are innocent.
- Christopher Wayne Brown -