Writing book helped woman find closure

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Linda Felker and Regina Lane (left to right) (Credit: LAUREN CARROLL/JOURNAL)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Regina Lane came to Linda Felker’s office more than five years ago with suitcases filled with police reports, pictures, tape recorders and newspaper clippings.

She wanted Felker to help her tell her story. Many already knew pieces of it — that on the morning of Feb. 2, 1985, Lane was kidnapped on her way to work at Integon (now GMAC) in downtown Winston-Salem, raped and slashed 12 times in the face before she was able to escape.

Many knew that she identified Willard Brown as her attacker and told police that her attack was similar to the 1984 killing of Deborah Sykes, who was raped and stabbed 16 times a couple of blocks from where Lane was abducted.

Many knew that in 2003, new DNA evidence led to Brown, who confessed to killing Sykes. Darryl Hunt, the man who spent nearly 19 years in prison for Sykes’ murder, was exonerated. Brown was never charged in Lane’s case.

Lane, a Michigan native who moved to North Carolina when she was 9, wanted Felker’s help in putting all those pieces together into a book the two recently released through Second Wind Publishing. It is called “From Victim to Victory: The Story of Regina Lane, the Integon Victim of Winston-Salem.”

This article was written by Michael Hewlett and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read the full story.