Debbie L. Frye
The baby of the family, Debbie was born after the counterfeiting operation. When she was two, her father was sent away again. Her early memories were of visiting him at the West Virginia State Penitentiary in Moundsville. He was released for the last time when she was nine.
After leaving Youngstown, she worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for six years. She received many Letters of Commendation from high-ranking Agency officials for outstanding service while working for the CIA.
Debbie is married and currently resides in the Washington Metropolitan area. She is self-employed as a space planner and designer. Both of Debbie’s children are grown and on their own. She does have four Labs still living at home though and enjoys competing in Dock Dogs Big Air competition with the two chocolate Labrador Retrievers.
Stepping back in time and tracing their father’s life journey has been an eye-opening adventure for Debbie and Tracy. Through intelligence gathering and utilizing resources, they pieced together their father’s life. They now have a better understanding of the man he was, not just the father they knew.
Tracy L. Mercier
Tracy recalls twice in her childhood the heartache of losing her father. She was two and the youngest at the time of the counterfeiting and eight when the kidnapping/robbery occurred. Much of what she knew of her father was learned through letters and Sunday trips to the prison. They were reunited when she was fifteen. Most memorable were the trips to the horse track with him.
Tracy left Youngstown to work for the Central Intelligence Agency. After six years of intelligence work, she attended George Washington University. She is currently a tax professional and a Certified Financial Planner. She lives in the Washington DC area and is married with three children.
Re-tracing their father’s path in life has been a fascinating experience; an unlikely adventure for two sisters. From spending the day/night in prison in search of their father’s cell to the bittersweet friendship they developed with his kidnap victim. The journey included reliving their youth, which led to unlocking some childhood mysteries.