Mary Pewitt, as her mother says, was cursed by being too pretty too soon.
20 years later, daughter still searches for answers
Kira Allen was too young to make sense of the scene on June 4, 1988, but she could tell that something was wrong.
She just didn’t know how bad it was.
Allen was almost 8 years old. She and her sister, Amber, 6, had just spent the night with their grandparents. They returned home that morning, and Amber found their mother, Mary Pewitt, dead inside the house.
“It’s kind of blurry,” said Allen, now 27. “I remember being pushed across the street, and we knew something was going on just based on my grandmother’s reaction, but we didn’t have a clue what.”
In the years since, Allen has educated herself about her mother’s death. As a teenager, she obtained a copy of her mother’s autopsy report, a graphic and terrible document, and read every word.
At 16 or 17, she wrote to “America’s Most Wanted,” asking them to profile her mother’s case. She got no response.
She had almost given up hope of ever finding out who killed her mom. Then she learned that after almost two decades, Pewitt’s case was about to be featured in The Oklahoman.
“I am just blown away,” she said. “I got complacent. ... I thought no one would ever look into this.”
Like her grandfather, David Morgan, Allen is fixated on the case.
“I need to know,” she said. “I don’t want to know; I need to know who did it. And I hope there’s someone who knows something, even if it’s just that so-and-so didn’t come home that night.”
To an extent, her mother’s death has shaped her life so far. She’s suspicious of people, always questioning motives, and she is “grossly addicted to crime TV.”
She will not go into the house where her mother died. She won’t even visit the neighbors.
And while her memories of her mother amount to “bits and pieces,” she feels strongly that whoever killed her needs to pay.
“She wasn’t the best mom,” Allen said. “She was young. She was into some things that weren’t so great. But she was our mom.”