Punishable Deed was inspired by a true event. Mrs. Urban, my mother, had received a call from her best friend, Becky, asking her to take in a woman she’d never met. The woman was an acquaintance of Becky’s and was frightened for her children’s lives after her husband had threatened to kill them. Mrs. Urban readily agreed.
The woman waited until her husband was at work before driving to her kids’ high school and picking them up. From there she traveled from North Carolina to South Carolina. She stayed two weeks with the Urban’s while her family was contacted and arrangements made for their escape. Since the woman did not know Mrs. Urban directly her husband could not track them. After her family was contacted she took her children to Atlanta’s Underground Railroad where she met her family and from there disappeared.