To all those who’ve written me recently about my reporting on this story: I really appreciate the kind words.
Sometimes stories pick the teller, and this one, more than anything else I’ve ever worked on in a very long career, has done just that. The unique position of living on Orcas where Colton chose to come to again and again, that he’s alleged to have stolen from so many people who are my friends and neighbors, the incredible connections and similarities I found as I researched Colton’s life, interests and actions that enable me to empathize — even my long-time connection to the places where this remarkable saga ended — all of this will help me in writing this book.
I’ll post more about the when’s and such about the book, but it’s not an overnight process. Some other publisher may decide to rush out a collection of rewritten press reports in book form to capitalize on all the attention this is receiving now, but I won’t do that. I’ll be working as fast as I can, but I promise I won’t cheat you or this deep, complex and important story by not taking enough time to do the best I can.
I appreciate the interest you have all shown since the very beginning. During this process I will continue to post exclusive information about the story (hopefully you won't mind if I save some really amazing stuff for the book, though), and I'll continue to report on developments in Colton's run through the legal system.
I read all comments and all the personal emails, and I do apologize for any times (past, present and future) when I'm slow in answering questions or when I don't think it's quite the right time for me to comment on something in particular.