My Favorite Mistake
Setoodeh, Ramin, Newsweek
Nancy Grace on putting her life on hold after her fiance's murder.
Interview by Ramin Setoodeh
I think I have made two major mistakes SO far. After my fiance Keith's murder--it's so painful for me to revisit that--I did not go back to testify for the pardons and parole board, and the killer was released. A viewer wrote me--that's how I found out. I was overcome with so many feelings of injustice and angst. I was a witness at the trial. What else could I have done? I always wondered: if I'd made a personal appeal, would he still be behind bars today?
The second of the biggest mistakes I made was that it took me almost 30 years after Keith's death to allow myself to be happy again and to marry. It was a miracle that I was able to get pregnant and give birth to the twins. I didn't consider those 30 years to be a time waster, but I would have done anything to avoid a serious commitment or marriage.
Keith and I met when I was a freshman in college. We fell in love and planned to get married. But the Lord gave me new dreams. It was before I turned 20 when it happened. Keith was working a summer job, and he left the construction site to get everybody soft drinks. A guy who had been fired from his job opened fire. …