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The daughter, Carla LaMerchant

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Desperate for the truth

By Special to the Monitor

My name is Carla and I am Caroline’s daughter. My mother is now gone, but I have proof of her innocence. I have a letter that she wrote telling me so and my mother has never lied to me. I will figure out who killed that painter, if it’s the last thing I do.
I could never understand why I felt I didn’t belong. I was flighty and unsettled in a house of people who were calm and steadfast. I knew I should be grateful when my aunt and uncle took me in when I was orphaned, but still something just never felt right.We lived on a ranch and worked from dawn until dusk. They ate and slept and barely spoke of anything outside of the cattle, the price of beef and the trouble getting good help.
  I could never shut up. I wanted to talk. I loved to talk of books and films and art and pictures and clothes and style and shoes and places and everywhere I wanted to go. Like a bird in a cage, I would beat my wings and chirp away until somebody would finally throw a towel over me and turn off the light.
Then one day, like magic, this flimsy, beautifully written, single piece of soft plain white paper flew into my hands and just like that, the door opened. I took the first boat over to England and here I am, sure that for the first time in my life I know what I’m going to do. I am going to prove my mother was innocent and in doing so, uncover my own past, learn about my father and discover who I am and where I really do fit in.
 
For more information on the special New Years Eve performance of Go Back for Murder, call 662-2914. Performance dates are at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7, 8, 14, 21, and at 2 p.m. Jan. 15. Tickets available at CB Fox and at the door, Los Alamos Little Theatre, 1670 Nectar Street.