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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

On a Tragic Death


I write in reference to your article "Police: Language Barrier Hinders Investigations" (Oct. 28). Laura Binkley was our employee and friend. Laura helped care for the children of an orphanage outside Moscow, singing them lullabies and changing their diapers.

In the interests of accuracy, right after Laura Binkley's keys were stolen we had her locks changed. The criminals who murdered Laura did not use her keys to enter the apartment.

I would like to explain some of the circumstances of her murder. Almost two months ago, Laura invited several acquaintances, including a young woman who saw several hundred dollars in Laura's possession and stole her keys that night. We replaced the locks. Later, this same woman begged Laura's forgiveness. Laura forgave her, the two went to a church service, had dinner and returned together to Laura's apartment.

Shortly afterward, this acquaintance opened the door for two men, who killed Laura and robbed the apartment.

This tragedy could have been avoided. Foreigners ought to know well the people they bring to their apartments. To the extent they can, they should avoid calling attention to their presence. In no case should their money be visible. This is advisable in any big city.

The Adam Children's Fund, and the Binkley family, express their gratitude to the Moscow police and the Canadian Embassy for their able assistance in this difficult moment.

Austin C. Forsyth

Adam Children's Fund