With two different verdicts, both families were still left with tremendous pain. "When you lose a child, there is no closure. It's just a buzz word, I suppose perhaps to make people feel more comfortable — there's never a day that goes by that I don't think about Carita," said her father Nigel Ridgway.
"You don't want to think someone you love died a horrible death, it makes it so much worse," said Samantha Ridgway. "You never really get over it. I'm not, I'll probably never get over it. Anytime it's ever brought up, you know, emotion wells up, it's very difficult to speak. It just won't go away, really."
Within a month of Lucie and Carita's families getting their verdict in Tokyo, Lindsay Hawker's loved ones were just beginning their ordeal. Unlike the cases surrounding Lucie and Carita's deaths, Tokyo police had an immediate suspect in Lindsay's grisly death. Ichihashi, who was able to elude capture at his apartment, is still pursued on an arrest warrant for abandoning a body.
Tokyo police official Shinya Oguma said, based on their investigation, Ichihashi is the sole suspect in the case, and Lindsay's family fears that he could be anywhere in the world.
On their family Web site devoted to Lindsay's case, they display Ichihashi's picture and information surrounding the case. They want as many eyes on his face as possible so that justice can be served for Lindsay. But when and if that day comes, and Ichihashi is captured, Lindsay's family says peace would be hard to perceive: "We'll never have peace, but we'll have a little bit more peace if this man is caught. Our world will never be the same again."
Lindsay Hawker's Web site is www.lindsayannhawker.com
Lucie Blackman's Web site is www.lucieblackmantrust.org