Two women, different endings

Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2008

Two 22-year-old women are in the news these days. One was a pretty blonde student body president at the University of North Carolina, the daughter of a wealthy second-generation Athens, Ga., financial planner and his college professor wife. She was the valedictorian at her local high school.

Her name was Eve Marie Carson and she had everything going for her: brains, beauty, ambition; a sense of purpose in life.

Armed with a prestigious Morehouse Scholarship, she already had traveled the world doing good in the summer months. She was maybe going to be a doctor. But she was brutally shot dead a few weeks ago in the middle of the night in an upscale neighborhood by two young thugs who have since been arrested and charged.

The other young woman is a pretty brunette who grew up in New Jersey and is the product of the all-too-familiar broken home. She traveled around the country trying to establish a singing career. She wound up in New York City and lives in an apartment in an upscale neighborhood.

Her legal name is Ashley Rae Maika DiPietro, but she is known professionally as Ashley Alexandra Dupr, and even more professionally as "Kristen," and is alleged to have serviced someone named Client No. 9 at the prestigious Mayflower Hotel inside D.C.'s Capital Beltway on Valentine's Eve.

When it was determined who the numbered client was and then that his number was up, a New York governor stepped down, his career shot dead by brutal media bullets.

The journalists have said and will continue to say that the killer of young Eve Carson was a good boy, a product of a broken home, and isn't it too bad for him. He's probably really sorry for what he's done.

Oh, and by the way, he also is charged with the January slaying of a brilliant graduate engineering student at nearby Duke University. A young man from India whose death failed to make the headlines because ... well, just because.

Kristen will become a minor celebrity and receive what the late artist Andy Warhol might term as "15 months of fame." Complete with the perquisite appearance on Oprah, a CD, a shot on Letterman, a book and then a quietly obscure life as a trivia answer. They will say she was a good girl, a strong, talented young woman who could've been a contender. Just as the late Eve Carson already was.

Bill Gronvold


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