Episode 52 - Helle Crafts

Episode 52 - Helle Crafts

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On November 18th, 1986, thirty-nine-year-old Helle Crafts was dropped off at her house in Newtown, Connecticut by her co-workers. She was exhausted after fulfilling her flight attendant duties on a long haul from Frankfurt to New York. Helle was happy to have made it home before the impending storm and looking forward to tucking in her three children.  As Helle’s co-workers watched their friend enter her home, they didn’t realize it would be the last time they would ever see her again. 


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Episode 52 - Helle Crafts

Episode 52 - Helle Crafts