The paper, of course, published a story saying just that, and Marcy was understandably outraged. The paper then published another story about how it had been deceived, by a journalism professor no less. I apologized, but the damage was done.

This episode will always stay with me as an incomprehensible lapse in judgment, albeit one with good intentions. To my mind, though, it had nothing to do with the story I wrote for CJR, which ended when our search for Marcy ended on her doorstep in Flint. And the editors at CJR knew nothing about it.

Again, I wish to apologize to Marcy for anything we’ve done to make her upset. I hope she will reconsider her recent decision to pull out of the documentary; not only would the film tell the story of a brave and remarkable woman, but also provide insight into 1960s America, an important era that is slowly fading from public view.


Bruce Porter is the author of Blow. He is working on a book for St. Martin's Press about a woman who was kidnapped by guerillas in Colombia while working as an undercover operative for the DEA.