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Re: “A call unanswered

Robert, will you please write a follow-up to A Prayer For Tina Marie? I bought Best American Crime Reporting 2002 just so I could read it, and there is very little on the Internet about her or her case. Highly curious minds need to know more. Thanks!

Posted by Logophile on 09/07/2013 at 7:36 PM

Re: “A call unanswered

Bonnie, this is Robert Draper, the writer of the story in GQ. It's been 12 years since I wrote the story and I don't recall whether she had 2 crooked fingers. I do seem to recall that she had a brother, and I'm certain she was from Arizona. Her father molested her repeatedly as a child. Obviously that does not excuse what she did to her own children.

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Posted by Robert Draper on 07/16/2013 at 7:20 AM

Re: “A call unanswered

I just found out today what happened. I can't believe this is the same girl whom I was so close to as a kid. I have so many questions. I need to clarify if this is the same person. The Tina that I knew had to crooked pinkys. She had a brother. Her mother had them living all around the desert. I'm hoping this is not the same Tina. Any clarification would be appreciated.
Bonnie Smith

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Posted by Bonnie D Smith on 07/14/2013 at 10:39 PM

Re: “A call unanswered

I was in jail with tina cornelius for a couple of weeks for a driving while intoxicated.Man,she always laughed and had a smile on her face like nothing at all had happened.I did not know at first what she had done,because like i said she always was very happy and stuff.She also always talked about having her boobs done when she gets out and stuff etc.......But when i found out,i just could not believe how careless she could act with not a care in the world.She had two pictures taped up on her wall in her jail cell.One of her boy,and one of her girl.I just could not believe my eyes,how could she even still look at their beautiful faces.Knowing what an horrible thing she has done to them beautiful children.What is wrong with that horrible excuse of a human being??????????????Absolutely disgusting!She honestly needs to burn in hell,which she will!!Because she is an horrible and disgraceful human being!! I know these beautiful kids are with god now.Looking at their mom down from heaven asking:How could you just leave us there, knowing that we could not make it by ourselves, and that we were helpless.And had no way to safe ourselfs,because we were hurt and drowning in the creek.Because we had noone to safe us.Where were mommy??????????How could you just hurt and leave us to die like this???Iam so very,very............................sorry for you two beautiful angels.If i could take back what your own flesh and blood did to you, i swear i would take it back!!! I don't know you two,but always know that you are always in my prayer.And that i love you guys,even though i never got to know you!!Rest in peace you two angels!!And always know that i love you,even though i never got to know you!!!!!!Love,Tanja!!!

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Posted by Anonymous on 12/06/2009 at 2:38 AM

Re: “A call unanswered

Im from corpus christi tina stayed with me and my family while cops where tapping my phone and staking outside hiding in the bushes I know how they found her here I saw her baby clothes in the car and pics after they got her u would never have known

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Posted by Anonymous on 09/21/2009 at 4:26 PM

Re: “A call unanswered

tina is my cousin.....I was very close to her and the rest of her (my) family growing up, she lived with me after amanda was born, amanda was over 2 months premature when she was born....she was such a miricle....and what Tina did to her and dominick (whom I never got the blessing to meat...she moved away when she was pregnant with him. anyway, what she did to her children and to our entire family is....more than''s unthinkable. more than I can begin to explain to anyone. And to this day, none of us, not even her own mother or sister , knows what exactly happend.

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Posted by Anonymous on 04/08/2009 at 4:09 AM

Re: “The side of the road

My God! I've read this piece half a dozen times before in your book, but it got me again. This little bitty shittin'-assed clipping is a masterpiece.

Posted by Anonymous on 01/22/2009 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Sex with George Clooney

Great! Leave me now just when I've finished reading your books at least 3 times through while suffering through IBS and clinging to the porcelin goddess!

Posted by Anonymous on 12/21/2008 at 10:04 PM

Re: “Sex with George Clooney

Hollis, I'd crawl naked through broken glass at my 20th High School reunion to retrieve a copy of any of your columns. Not just because they're so funny, they're now collectibles! -Dave from Charlotte, another Shocking Real-Life alum'.

Posted by Anonymous on 12/02/2008 at 9:28 PM

Re: “Free booze at the Bone Garden

Free booze rocks. But you know what else rocks? A free trip to NYC from Comedy Central.

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Posted by Anonymous on 10/13/2008 at 7:16 PM

Re: “Sex with George Clooney

Hollis, Your readers cling to you like the last raft leaving the Titanic. We will follow where ever you go. Just leave us a trail of breadcrumbs or cookies or what ever you have to crumble and we will find you. Keep on going girl! We're right behind. Val from Pittsburgh, Shocking Real-Life alumnus.

Posted by Anonymous on 10/09/2008 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Free booze at the Bone Garden

Me too, Michael Bryan, me too. Since moving back to Slowvannah I have missed me some Hollis, but thanks to the internet and I can keep up with her!
Tell Ginny hello if you see her!
Genie Brazzeal

Posted by Anonymous on 09/17/2008 at 11:56 PM

Re: “Free booze at the Bone Garden

God, I love to read your columns, Hollis. I had to move from Atlanta five years ago to my hometown of Augusta. Man, do I miss Atlanta! One of the things I missed the most was Creative Loafing, and your column was (is) my favorite. Just got a computer lately and can't get enough of you. You are flat out heelarious!

Thanks for keeping an Atlanta expatriate amused.

Michael Bryan
Augusta, Ga.

Posted by Anonymous on 09/17/2008 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Killer cupcakes

use margarine instead of shortening.

Posted by Anonymous on 08/25/2008 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Crack moms for Christ

I want to see pictures of Lary and Grant! I think I'm related to both of 'em.

Posted by Anonymous on 08/21/2008 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Crack moms for Christ

My name is Grant Henry,
Hollis Gillespie's Handler,

Posted by Anonymous on 08/21/2008 at 10:32 AM

Re: “A seriously fine fire

I am Lisa's mom, and I loved your article. You are right; Lisa and Marshall would be there for anyone in need, and she tells me everyone has been wonderful to them. Lisa and Marshall are overwhelmed at the generosity. We are very fortunate no one was hurt. Thank you, Hollis...

Posted by Anonymous on 08/09/2008 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Other mothers

Hollis, Great article...I believe Grant needs you as much as you need him. And his mother won't murder you...she loves you because she knows Grant loves you. Georgia lives to be a part of her son's life, and you are a vital piece in the heart and soul of Grant's life. Staying true to your friends in your writing shows your love and respect for them all. So, she would not dream of murdering you..have no worries. However, I would love to know which one of her husband's was the "Leather Smeller"? And I would also like to know which boots in her closet recieved his load, as I was the first in line for the hand me downs!!! lol Craig (Grant's big brother)

Posted by Anonymous on 07/09/2008 at 2:14 PM

Re: “The monster

I think you're right -- More of us could say "Fuck Stuff". Can I get that on a bumper sticker please?

Posted by Anonymous on 06/26/2008 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Beauty product

Unfortunately my expierence wasn't with mudd masks. It was with hair dye. Name the color and my mother has tried it on me. When she dyed my hair firetruck red i couldnt wear a green sweater otherwise i would get christmas jokes.

you're one of my favorite writers : ) thank you.

Posted by Anonymous on 06/04/2008 at 1:08 PM

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