I would like to thank my husband, Lee Block, who first encouraged me to sit in "for at least a day or two" on the Ramona trial and encouraged me through three years of intense work.
An extraordinary team has worked with me on this project. As in previous books, Sheilagh Simpson has brought her extensive skills and experience as general editorial assistant, editing, transcribing, doing research, and orchestrating the daunting job of fact-checking. I am blessed to have had Kristina Horton Flaherty, an experienced reporter who covered the Ramona trial for the San Francisco Examiner, as my principal research assistant and invaluable brainstormer. Christie Johnston, a photojournalist in New York, took over the task of photo editor and contributed a number of pictures . Jeanne Miller and Wendy Fairley ably transcribed tapes, and Charlene Avery tenaciously acquired trial transcripts from the court reporters. Michael Harris did research in Southern California. George Martin provided trial tapes. Keith Hezmalhalch's Kaleidoscope Productions copied all my interview tapes. Bruce Miroglio graciously took the brunt of my requests for trial material and information because he lives nearby. The research staff of the Napa City and County Library was wonderful. During the weeks of trial, several media women were heartening friends and a helpful "reality check," especially Elizabeth Mullen, Diane Curtis, Kristina Flaherty, and Jodi Roth.
There could have been no book without the nearly one hundred personal interviews and several hundred hours of audiotape that, with the trial, form the basis of Spectral Evidence. I am deeply indebted to Stephanie and Gary Ramona, who each met with me many times, going through the pain again to tell me their stories. I thank Shawna Ramona. The jurors' willingness to relate their experience has added an invaluable, rich dimension. The names of interview subjects appear throughout the book. Some do not appear by their choice or by editorial decision -- such people as Joanne Yates, Ilona Rosson, and Tia O'Rear. But they know their contribution and my gratitude. Napa