Charles Harper didn't know what to tell his daughter, so he lied.

He was a disc jockey with a reputation in the local club scene, and he told her he hungered for more. He told her he was leaving, that he wanted to make it big out West -- maybe Texas, maybe California.

But Tabitha's half-sister told her the truth, and soon enough she saw for herself. In September 2001, the 10-year-old sat across from her father at the Catoosa County Jail, a wall of glass separating the two.

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