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No Trace of Grace - Change... a dangerous gift.

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A Dramatic Mystery inspired by a True Story
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Grayce Elizabeth Baxter
Kelvin Landolt first met 'Candice' while working at Club Colby's, a Toronto gay club in 1991. He had been one of many acquaintances she had made there, although all where friends. Candice was the name Grayce Baxter used when hooking. She was well connected with the trannies and gay boys who all hung out at Colby's. Candice partied regularly at Colby's prior, between and after clients. She would meet up with friends from the club at afterhours clubs and continue to party, often nightly.

Candice, but day, was mild mannered Grayce Elizableth Baxger, who'd come to Toronto, from Vancouver to work in the booming tech industry. She lived at an elegant address as an affluent woman. She had fiew friends. Kelvin was not really one of them. He'd never been to her house. He had not been invited to call her 'Grayce'. There was a bond between them which was simply respect and admiration.

Reports of Candice's disappearance left huge question marks sometimes answered in Kelvin's dreams. At the time, he felt sure Candice was up to one of her many practical jokes.  Leaving her group of friends awaiting a surprised appearance at the next party, only to regale a tale of her latest exploits. But that never came. When the horrific reports finally hit the papers in early 1993, he felt guilty for having not taken her missing person case more seriously and in redemption spent hours exploring desolate areas of the city looking for her body. Where is her body? When Grayce's parents came to town it was discovered that they knew nothing of her real life in Toronto. The Baxters believe their daughter worked professional in business and had been very proud of the way she'd taken command of her new life since her sex change in the late 80's. Kelvin related to living a life his parent knew nothing about so he was there to help the distraught Baxters attempt an understanding and to find peace.

Life continued in Toronto for Kelvin, but thoughts of Candice and Grayce remain. Other sex workers befriended at Club Colby's had been murdered as the years passed, however Candice's case always had a ring of 'practical joke' somehow attached. She had been such a prankster. What if Grayce had arranged her own death? What if facade of a 'fabulous' life she portrayed to all her friends, hide her deep down dying inside? What if she'd done very well, as she'd bragged, and finally could afford to escape? What if she sent her parents tickets on the guise of coming to celebrate Christmas togehter, knowing she be 'missing' and they'd then be here to deal with her 'death'? What if she felt that death would have been an easy closure for her parents? What if she just left and now lives as a mother in some foreign country? Grocery shopping, working part time at a local printing shop, hurrying home to a husband and adopted daughter.

In the aftermath, news reports left huge holes in the story. Why did Dan Johnson confess? Was he forced by the police who needed a confession to close the case and stop the hundreds of thousands being spent daily to search for Grayc's body? How was Dan convicted without evidence that he'd committed the crime? What sort of defense lawyer would have allowed his client to be charge with no actual evidence? If Dan had strangled her, on the ‘fly’, how could the average man be prepared to hacksaw a body in his apartment without leaving evidence? Why and how had her car been left in a part of town, which Grayce would never have visited - Gerrard Square? Where is the cash she protected with apartment security and a safe? Too many questions for a writer.

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