Mark Lunsford received a wealth of goodwill as the bereaved father traveled the country telling the heartbreaking story of his daughter's disappearance and death.

Attitudes appeared to change last month after he announced his intention to sue the law enforcement officers who came to his aid in those trying times. It prompted those same neighbors who helped Lunsford search, mourn and advocate for his 9-year-old daughter to turn a skeptical eye toward his every move and question whether his motives were financial.

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John Couey listens to closing arguments in the Miami courtroom.

Audio: An excerpt of Citrus County Sheriffs detectives interviewing John Couey on March 17, 2005.
Warning: Extremely graphic.
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Audio: John Couey discusses the possibility that he could be executed for Jessica Lunsford's kidnapping, rape and murder with his aunt in a recorded jailhouse conversation
Photo essay: Anger. Vengeance. Justice. These abstractions tumbled through Mark Lunsford's mind.
Video: Mark Lunsford speaks out about his grief -- and about the day of reckoning for John Couey.
Video: Feb. 24, 2007, Mark Lunsford leads the 3rd Annual Jessie's Ride in his daughter's memory.
Photo gallery: Family photos of Jessica, from a toddler to days before her disappearance.
Video: Visit the the scene of the crime with St. Petersburg Times reporters.
Graphic: A look at the scene of the crime and the people involved in the case.

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