"In the beginning, I really believe Rose was duped by Carolyn," Romeo said. "She feared for her children's lives, her husband's. I believe Carolyn went slowly, by playing on Rose's compassion, her sense of goodwill to people. She would come in all beat up, and Rose would take care of her."
The weirdness escalated: Stevens would bring Turford a hangman's puzzle to decipher; it would contain demands from "Avery" to travel to Colorado. "Avery" forced the women to contact a dating service in January and begin preying on its male clients, and "Avery" whisked them away into the unknown on May 22, leaving their families dismayed, authorities deeply frustrated and tabloid-followers panting for more.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are on the trail now and, despite their motto that they always get their man, so far the two women have eluded capture.
Houston police believe the pair probably are holed up somewhere in Canada; in late June, Stevens, using her true identification, rented a car near Edmonton, Alberta. It was found abandoned near Toronto in early July, with a note of apology inside for the lateness of the return.