Brad Messer Commentary
Tuesday, April 15, 2003


Here comes Fiesta, and here come the memories of little Mary Bea Perez, who disappeared from her grandma's side at Fiesta four years ago.

Mary Bea was kidnapped at Fiesta, and murdered.

When KTSA and the San Antonio Police established our local Amber Alert-type emergency notification program, we named it the Mary B Alert in her memory.

Noting this Friday's anniversary of the 9-year-old's disappearance, author Diane Fanning points out that the infamous killer Tommy Lynn Sells has been charged with this crime. He's an ex-carney who has confessed to dozens of killings across the nation.

Author Fanning wrote to me that, "Twice, Sells has been brought from Death Row to the Bexar County Jail and still there has been no trial." She wonders why.

After Sells stabbed a 13-year-old Del Rio girl to death after sneaking into her bedroom, Del Rio convicted him less than a year after the horrible murder.

What is taking four-plus years for prosecution here in San Antonio, in the case of little Mary Bea?

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.

Diane Fanning (St. Martin's Press) "Through the Window: The Terrifying True Story of Cross-Country Killer Tommy Lynn Sells"

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