White was Roman Catholic. She raised her boys, Jimmy and David, with strict
discipline and insisted they respect the Church no matter what. They attended
the Catholic School in Wamego. Eleanor and Jimmy were worried when David
disappeared. When they were told that he had been brutally murdered right
outside their back door, they were shocked. It was beyond their understanding
how David could have been in any situation that would result in his death.
Being a good Catholic meant keeping oneself out of harms way.
And yet, the whole family was aware that David "went away" for several days at a time - usually in result to what we would call "drunken binges" today. In those days, there wasn't a word for an alcoholic who was able to also be an upstanding citizen. Alcoholics were bums lying in the gutter. So when David would stumble in late at night, while the rest of his family was asleep, nothing was said. When David wouldn't show up at dinner, or avoid going to church - he "must have work to do at the tire shop."
After David's body was removed from the backyard grave, the Whites began hearing stories about David. His affair with the married carnival singer and his fights with gamblers to whom he owed money It started to look like David was involved with a secret life - a double life they never knew about.
Was it the strict upbringing of his mother and her obsession with Catholicism that led David to lead a secret life? Was it the power of the Church that kept the entire White family in denial about the truth? Click the page links above to find out more on the secrets of The Rosary. Click on the audiotapes to learn more about this amazing story.
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(LISTEN TO THE TELEPHONE TALK!)
Jess Stewart's wife, Lornell, talks about David's obsession with the carnival. To visit the carnival - click on SESSION 4 to the left.
(LISTEN TO ANOTHER TELEPHONE TALK!)
*Tom, a friend of the White family, validates the rumor that David had run off with the carnival woman.
*Tom asked that I not give out his last name
(LISTEN TO TOM TALK ABOUT KNOWING THE FAMILY!)
Tom knew Jimmy - David's younger brother - and he recalls playing basketball at Jess and Lornell's house!