Family Fighting to Keep Convicted Murderer Behind Bars

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There's a saying that "time heals all wounds," but for the family of Dianne and Anthony Marcum this time of year magnifies their pain and sadness.

Patricia Lowe was Diane's sister. She says, "She was a great sister and my best friend. The last day they saw her was Christmas Eve 1978."

Dianne Marcum's boyfriend, Sherrill Harston, was convicted of the murders of her and her three-year-old son Anthony in 1980.

Lowe says, "On his confession tape he told us that he strangled her to death. He laid down and slept, and he got [Dianne], and he drowned Anthony in the kitchen sink. And then he took their bodies to the river. Burned them and threw them in, hoping he wouldn't be found."

The murders took place in a small mobile home off Highway 1895 in 1978. Duck hunters discovered her body two weeks later. After dragging the Barren River, Anthony's body was found. Marcum had another son, James, who stayed with his grandparents that night.

James Minor says, "I have very few memories about my mom. I was six years old when all this happened. And I was raised by my grandparents."

Harston is behind bars at the Green River Correctional Complex. He was sentenced to 124 years, but he will be up for parole for the fourth time in January. Marcum's family says it is difficult to relive the pain, but it's worth it to them to keep him in prison.

Minor says, "Having to relive this every seven years at Christmas, it destroys our family. It happened at Christmas. We have to think about it every year. And then every seven years, we have to come back and fight this."

Lowe says, "I'd just like for the people of Warren County to write the parole board and not let this man out. I don't want anybody else to ever have to go through this."