Shoemaker family: ‘We’ll have to keep fighting this forever.’


This week marked 28 years since the disappearance of 9-year-old Nancy Shoemaker.

Shoemaker was walking to a store near Pawnee and Seneca in broad daylight on the morning of July 30, 1990 when she was kidnapped two men. Donald Wacker and Doil Lane are responsible for the rape and murder of Nancy. Seven months later, her body was found near Mulvane.

Since then, the Shoemaker family has had to endure parole hearings for the two men as each of them become eligible for parole.

“It’s tough. You’d think that with what they did, neither one of them would be up for parole,” Nancy’s father, Bo Shoemaker said Tuesday.

Last fall, the Shoemakers were in Wichita gathering signatures to petition Wacker’s parole, which was denied.

Lane is imprisoned in Texas for a separate murder, the 1980 killing of 8-year-old Bertha Martinez. He is eligible for parole and the Shoemakers expect to hear the verdict any day now.

“I personally don’t think the chances are real good because Donald Wacker and Doil Lane are on 23 hour lockdown, and they have been since they’ve been in prison. So they really have no social skills, and I really don’t see them letting them out if they can’t get along with people,” Shoemaker said.

Lane is eligible for parole every three years. Should his Texas parole be granted, Lane would come to Kansas to serve a “hard 40” sentence.

“If Texas lets him out, he will go to prison in Kansas,” Shoemaker said.

Wacker is eligible for parole in 2019, so the Shoemakers plan to come back to Kansas and continue to gather signatures to convince the parole board he should stay behind bars.

“We’ll have to keep fighting this forever I guess,” Shoemaker said. 

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