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Cast of characters
Mother of two and recovering methamphetamine addict, she is trying to
turn her life around as an informant against Tony Emery in Maryville, Mo.
She disappears in August 1990.
Controls methamphetamine sales in northwest Missouri. He is nabbed for
drug sales in 1989, but determines that Elkins is the only solid witness
Known as Tug or Tuggy, he is Tony's cousin. Cops see him as a tough
criminal wannabe and methamphetamine user. Tony wants him to help get rid of
Known as JW (pronounced Jay Dubb), he is a Colorado drug dealer who tries
to save himself from a drug bust by offering information on the murder of
"some gal out in Maryville, Missouri."
A brand new ATF special agent, he officially starts work the week
Christine Elkins disappears.
A maverick ATF special agent known for playing hunches and cracking a
high percentage of cases.
A young Assistant U.S. Attorney who is handed the case.
An Assistant U.S. Attorney who is promoted, forcing him to leave the case
Tug's friend from Colorado, he is around for the planning of the killing
but flees when asked to take part.
The supervising agent at the ATF who refuses to let the case die.
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