Julie's and Robin's memories are kept alive by the people who loved them in life, and by the people who honor them in death. By their example, Julie and Robin have inspired countless people to get active and make a difference in their communities. Their aunt, Sheila Cummins Oliveri, credits the family's horrible experience with opening her eyes to racism and inequality in St. Louis:
"It has inspired the way I teach - learning about differences and similarities of those around us, and celebrating the goodness to be found within each person. I also volunteer in low-income day cares as a guest reader. Helping to nurture a love of reading from an early age can directly impact the futures of kids who can easily fall through the cracks."
Their cousin, Kathy Cummins, has made her career running a soup kitchen that feeds a hundred hungry people every day. Julie's and Robin's loved ones endeavor each day to live their lives with goodness and joy.
Tom is happily married with a beautiful, young family. He continues to serve his community as a career firefighter near Washington DC. He was a first responder to the pentagon on September 11, 2001. His family is extraordinarily proud of him.
Jamie has grown into exactly the sort of person Julie and Robin would hope her to be. Inspired by her sister Julie, Jamie found her own powerful voice as a published poet, and earned her master's degree in creative writing. Her family is amazed by her courage, determination, and grace.
All four of Julie's and Robin's murderers have been brought to justice. Of the four cases, three have been permanently resolved in the justice system, as follows:
Like his cohorts, Clemons was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death by lethal injection. His sentence has yet to be carried out, and he remains on death row. In 2009, the supreme court of Missouri appointed a special master to conduct a thorough review of the body of evidence in his case. In August of 2013, the special master filed his report, which found that Clemons failed to establish his innocence.
In part, the special master's report read:
"Clemons seems to revert to his old argument of trying to blame Tom Cummins for the murders of the Kerry sisters.... The time has finally come to drive a stake through the heart of the shibboleth that Thomas Cummins is the murderer responsible for the deaths of the Kerry sisters. The police suspected Cummins because of flawed factual premises that turned out to be wrong: the whirlpool, the 90 foot drop, the 80 mile-an-hour impact, neatly combed hair, etc. The siren song that Cummins was the killer was also a ready-made defense for Clemons and the other defendants, but in reality none of those things were ever proved, and that was for a good reason: They were unprovable because they were false."
Gray was convicted of two counts of first degree murder, and sentenced to death by lethal injection. He was executed by the state of Missouri on October 26th, 2005.
Richardson was convicted of two counts of first degree murder, and sentenced to death by lethal injection. On October 28th, 2003, the supreme court commuted his sentence to life without the possibility of parole.
Winfrey confessed to the murders in the presence of his parents and police, and pled guilty to lesser charges of second-degree murder and forcible rape. He received a thirty year prison sentence, and was paroled in 2007 after serving fifteen years. Winfrey violated the terms of his parole, and was reincarcerated in 2010.