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It's been more than 20 years, but all that time hasn't taken away the sadness and anger Tina Curl described on Tuesday.
Curl came all the way here from upstate New York to witness Moeller's execution. Standing there in rural Lincoln County, she said she'll hate Donald Moeller until the day she dies and thinks back on the day her daughter left for the store every day.
Time has taken its toll on the woods where Becky O’Connell was murdered but a cross and flowers seem untouched.
Still, Becky's mom doesn't come here to find peace.
"[I] still do hate this damn place,” Curl said. “Wouldn't you have thought somebody would've heard her screaming?"
This is the first time in two years Curl has visited the place where her daughter's body was found. There are thoughts of marriage, children and Becky's life as a 32-year-old woman.
But, it's not so much what could've been; it's what was. Visions of her little girl are forever buried in Curl's mind.
"I like to think of her. She loved her cats. She had this stupid cat she'd dress up and push in a stroller. Stupid cat stayed in it,” Curl said.
Something else has been on her mind, too; the day her daughter's killer Donald Moeller will be executed.
"Time to party,” Curl said.
Brady Mallory: Will this bring healing for you?
Tina Curl: No, it won't give me closure. Relief that he's finally gone and he's not breathing anymore. [I’m] looking forward to the light show when he changes color. There'll finally be justice for Bec.
And even though there are traces of Becky all around her, Curl says she didn't come here to find her daughter.
"When we were here last time and put the cross up. I just said it's time to come home. I believe she did. There's not that heaviness that there was when we first came out here," Curl said.
Curl will speak after the execution Tuesday night.
An interesting side note, a law enforcement official who did the first suspect sketch of Moeller made another drawing for Curl. It's of what Becky would have looked like today and he's giving the drawing to Curl Tuesday evening.