The Freeman family and their loved ones were enjoying a special evening on December 29, 1999. Parents Danny and Kathy Freeman let their daughter Ashley have friends over for her 16th birthday for what should have been a normal evening of fun. The bizarre and sickening events of this little-reported story have kept a stranglehold on this small Oklahoma community for over 16 years.
The Story Begins
On Wednesday, December 29, 1999, the Freeman family and their loved ones were celebrating a birthday. Arguably, the only uncertainty they might have experienced was concern about the new millennium, which was right around the corner. However, after this evening, it wouldn’t be the Y2K bug instilling fear within the residents of northeastern Oklahoma. Ashley invited her boyfriend Jeremy and her best friend Lauria over to enjoy each other’s company at the Freeman family’s mobile home in Vinita.
An Inseparable Pair Of Friends
Jay Bible talked to his daughter Lauria around 6:30 p.m., giving her permission to visit the Freeman home. Ashley had spent the night before at the Bible home—the girls were practically inseparable. Ashley’s mother linked up with the girls and brought them out for pizza. Ashley’s boyfriend met up with the group and returned to the Freemans’ mobile home. That’s all that is known about the night’s events.
Burned To The Ground
At some point in the early morning hours of December 30, the family’s mobile home went up in flames. Firefighters at the Welch Volunteer Fire Department received a call at 5 a.m. from a motorist driving past the Freemans’ trailer. Little was left of the structure when the firefighters finished putting out the flames. Investigators immediately suspected arson as they began to sift through what was left of the Freeman family’s home.