Mike Olander’s voice cracks when he talks about the murders of his daughter Fionna and his granddaughter Korryn. “I don’t comprehend how this animal could do something like this to my babies” says Olander. The animal he is talking about is the man convicted of killing Fionna and Korryn, Martin McKee.
Fionna Olander had a two year dating relationship with McKee, a relationship that ended when McKee tied up, drugged and strangled Fionna and her 10 year old daughter Korryn Threadgill on November 8, 2009. His accomplice was Virginia Gayle Youngblood who will stand trial in April 2011. The mother and daughters bodies were found abandoned in a ditch in Post Oak Bend on Nov. 10, 2009.
Korryn Threadgill was a fifth grader at Janie Stark Elementary School in Farmers Branch. Her grandfather Mike Olander says, “Korryn was really a sweet little girl. Just like her mom. She was quite intelligent, maybe even too intelligent for her own good at times. She really did have her mom’s ability to debate intelligently. She was smart as a whip, but was stubborn.” Olander went on to say, “Such a short life, and such a delight to hold in my heart.”
Korryn Threadgill made an impact on the people who knew her and her tragic death left her family and her school in mourning. Brian Threadgill is Fionna Olander’s ex-husband and Korryn Threadgill’s father. He was actively involved in his daughter’s life and had just made arrangements with Fionna so that he could have Korryn with him every weekend. According to Mike Olander, “Brian beats himself up over all of this. He would have had Korryn the following weekend [after the murder] and it breaks his heart that she was even at Fionna’s apartment in Addison on the day of the murders.”
Little Korryn Threadgill was very interested in science and she was an avid reader. She read books that were well above her grade level and even use to read some of her grandfather’s college literature. Mike Olander said the biggest punishment Fionna could ever do to Korryn when she was in trouble was to take away her books. Olander thought Korryn would grow up to be a scientist and noted that she absolutely loved all insects, except ants.
When I asked Mike Olander what he remembers most about his granddaughter Korryn, he shared a story about a pile of dirt in his front yard. “Korryn loved to play on that silly pile of dirt in my yard. She had so much fun on it. Now that she is gone I have not been able to get rid of that pile because it reminds me of her. I miss her and my daughter every day. I miss talking to Fionna almost every morning on the phone and I miss seeing Korryn’s smile.” Mike Olander officiated Fionna’s funeral and though Fionna was cremated per her wishes, her ashes were put in Korryn’s casket so that the mother and daughter who loved each other so much in life, could be together in death.
The next part of this series will share Mike Olander’s story of seeking justice for his daughter and granddaughter.
Fionna Olander: A murder victims story
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