By Bill Vogrin, The Gazette, June 9, 2012
This is a story of a troubled teen seeking redemption as an adult and struggling to redefine himself in the minds of strangers who consider him a monster.
It’s the story of a contrite man seeking forgiveness for a crime that shocked the community.
Of a man trying to prove people can change.
It’s the story of Gary Flakes.
That’s Flakes as in “Grant and Flakes,” two local teenagers who went to prison for the shotgun slayings of 13-year-old Andy Westbay and 15-year-old Scott Hawrysiak on Valentine’s Day 1997.